It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Do You Mammo?

September 27, 2016

In 2016, more than 246,000 American women will develop invasive breast cancer – that’s one in eight women. They will become part of more than 2.8 million people who are living with a history of breast cancer, whether that means they are currently in treatment or have completed treatment. While breast cancer incidence rates have been declining since the year 2000, those numbers remain too high.

At Teche Regional Medical Center, we are taking a stand against breast cancer. We want all of the women in our communities – our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and friends – to know their risk, to recognize the signs and symptoms, and to understand the importance of self-checks and early detection. 

Throughout October, Teche Regional Medical Center will join hundreds of other businesses, organizations, celebrities and professional athletic teams in celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Launched in 1985 through a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness and help fight the disease through early detection. We’re doing our part by offering a number of services and programs:

Mammography Teche Regional Medical Center is very excited to be able to offer the newest technology for breast cancer detection. Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is acquired and, more importantly, viewed. The radiologist can magnify the images, increase or decrease the contrast and invert the black and white values while reading the images. These features allow the radiologist to evaluate microcalcifications and focus on areas of concern.

The hospital is also pleased to introduce the use of computer-aided detection (CAD) software with each mammography interpretation. CAD is used by the radiologist to assist in making a more definitive diagnosis. CAD actually brings areas to the radiologist attention which may require further evaluation. The radiologist then makes the decision whether the work-up will benefit the patient.

In addition to offering superior mammography technology, Teche Regional offers a softer, warmer mammogram by using the MammoPad breast cushion for every patient. MammoPad has been clinically demonstrated to reduce discomfort, associated with mammograms, for most women. This breast cushion is “invisible” to X-rays and does not interfere with the image quality of the mammogram. By offering women a softer mammogram, the hospital hopes to increase the number of area women who follow recommendations for regular screenings.

And we are asking a very important question, “Do you mammo?”

Like most cancers, early detection of breast cancer is key to successful treatment and recovery. So if you are over the age of 40 or have a family history of breast cancer, and have never had a mammogram, call 985-380-4400 today to schedule your baseline scan  (A physician's order is required). And once you start, don’t stop. Perform monthly self-exams, and no matter how busy life gets, make time for your annual mammogram. It could save your life.

To learn more about any of our programs or services, or to schedule a mammogram, call Teche Regional Medical Center at 985-384-2200 or visit www.techeregional.com.