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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 Rutherford Regional, 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, Rutherford Regional 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. At Rutherford Regional, our fight against breast cancer includes:
The Mammography Place: featuring a staff dedicated just for screening mammograms, digital mammography for better detection of abnormalities, and patient satisfaction that consistently ranks among the nation’s leaders.
The RRHS Breast Care Program: featuring multidisciplinary case reviews, involving medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, surgeons and the patient navigator that are conducted for each patient.
Support Services and Support Group: featuring the Cancer Resource Center, personalized patient navigation, and the Pink Ladies support group comprised of cancer survivors who can offer encouragement and support.
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 286-5671 today to schedule your baseline scan. 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 Rutherford Regional’s Mammography Place at 286-5671 or visit MyRutherfordRegional.com.