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For more information contact:
Radiology-Vicki Bozak or Carrie Moudy
Tyrone Hospital Encourages Breast Cancer Awareness
(Tyrone, PA - October 11, 2011) – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), and Tyrone Hospital is raising awareness by encouraging all women over 40 to receive yearly mammograms.
All women that receive mammograms at Tyrone Hospital throughout the months of October and November will receive special offers and discounts from area merchants and restaurants. These offers can be obtained with the use of a coupon sheet given to patients after their scheduled mammogram appointments have taken place.
Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2011 alone, 230,480 patients will be diagnosed with invasive forms of breast cancer (cancers that spread to other parts of the body). Furthermore, it is estimated that an alarming 39,520 women are expected to die of breast cancer in 2011. Early detection, which is the diagnosing of breast cancer before symptoms start occurring, can play a big part in decreasing these numbers.
Mammograms are considered the most reliable and most effective methods of early breast cancer detection. Early detection is important because breast cancers found during early detection methods are much more likely to be smaller and confined to the breast area, greatly increasing the chances of effective treatment.
It is recommended that all women begin performing breast self-examinations in their early 20s while having a clinical breast examination (CBE) every 3 years throughout their 20s and 30s. Women 40 and older should begin scheduling mammogram and CBE appointments annually.
All women interested in scheduling a mammogram should call the Tyrone Hospital Radiology Department at (814) 684-6385. More information on breast cancer and breast cancer awareness can be found by visiting http://www.nbcam.org/ and http://www.cancer.org/.