Ask the Doctor: Breast Cancer Screenings


Annual mammogram appointments can lead to the early detection of breast cancer, which is key for less invasive and perhaps more affordable treatment options, local health professionals say.

The Thomasville and Davidson County communities are invited to support the initiative by purchasing pink ribbons for $1 each in honor or memory of a loved one.

From 2006 to 2013, a 2017 study published in Cancer Causes & Control showed that the mortality rate from breast cancer among black women dropped by 13.9 percent, driving it below the national average.

Breast cancer is common among women worldwide, with millions being diagnosed every year.

With two years left on the grant, there's a lot of work still to be done, Murphy said, yet they are confident the efforts will continue to save lives.

"Finally early diagnosis by doing things and in this case it is breast self examination so that you can identify a lump as early as possible and then you can see your healthcare provider who will administer the right treatment".

Montefiore is a huge supporter of the non-competitive Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, which takes place all over the country, mostly on Sunday, October 21. Women who started menstruating (having periods) younger than age 12 have a higher risk of breast cancer later in life.

What is Breast Cancer?

"Maine Cancer Foundation is extremely grateful for the success of the breast cancer awareness license plate, and the reliable income it provides to help in our mission to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer across the state", said Tara Hill, executive director of Maine Cancer Foundation. We know that breast cancer is treatable if we diagnose early.

"The doctor sat me down and just kept apologizing", Harris said, referring to her radiologist's reaction.

She says it's likely due to better treatment and more women getting screened. Dense breasts have more fibrous or glandular tissue and less fat than other breasts.

The event will benefit Pathways, a program of The Connection that provides support, education and wellness programs, free of charge, for women with cancer and, also which, provided respite to Dekantios' mother and her family during a hard time.

"This is despite them often dealing with horrendous, unseen side effects like pain and extreme fatigue".

A breast self-exam is a screening method which helps in early detection of breast cancer and it can be done by both women and men.

Breast cancer occurs when malignant tumors develop in the breast. Insurance companies generally don't cover the cost of mammograms of women under 40, unless they are deemed high risk, which includes a personal history of breast cancer, a strong family history of breast cancer or a genetic mutation. Surgery has components; there is the breast sparing surgery where a specific mass is removed by taking out the lesion.

Many women with stage IV often have to stop working to navigate the intricacies of clinical trials as they adjust to the idea that their time is likely limited.

"To my knowledge, there are no documented incidents of a mammogram exposure resulting in a breast cancer in anybody", he said. Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of breast cells.