BUSINESS: What is the best defense against breast cancer? Routine Mammography Screenings, Early Detection

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BUSINESS: By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News Publisher

St. George, UT — (ReleaseWire) — 10/10/2021 –Mixed in with all the reds, oranges and yellows of autumn, there is another color that has become synonymous with October — pink.

In an effort to raise awareness of a disease that can affect both men and women, pink ribbons, pink shirts, and slogans “think pink”, were displayed to remind the world about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“If you have breasts, you have a risk of breast cancer,” said Tracy Patrick, manager for the radiology imaging center for Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital. Although breast cancer can also be diagnosed in men, it is possible to have the disease. However, less than one percent of cases involve men.

Early detection is key to the best outcome, despite all the advances in cancer treatment.

Patrick stated that early detection is crucial because it allows you to treat the disease before it spreads. It makes a huge difference in the future when it comes to the treatment.

Access to life-saving screenings is now easier than ever thanks to the St. George Hospital’s new women’s imaging centre.

Patrick stated that there are now three mammography machines at St. George and one at Hurricane. “We have everything you could need, including breast biopsies and mammograms, as well as DEXA bone density scans. We can provide same-day biopsies depending on the patient’s schedule.

Patrick stated that the latter has the potential for patients to feel more at ease.

Patrick stated, “No one wants wait and wonder.”

Intermountain Healthcare recommends yearly mammograms beginning at age 40, Patrick said. When followed, that recommendation has decreased the death rate from breast cancer by 40 to 50 percent over the last 30 years.

Patrick stated that self-breast examinations are not as popular now, but it’s still beneficial for people to have a good enough knowledge of their bodies to notice subtle changes. However, even this familiarity is not sufficient.

Patrick stated that there have been patients who did not want to get a mammogram, but brought a friend. They were able find breast cancer they hadn’t known existed. You never know who you can help by encouraging them get their mammograms.

Patrick said, “It might seem frightening or inconvenient but it’s really a short exam.” It takes less than half an hour. It’s a great way to have peace of mind throughout the year.

To schedule a mammogram in Utah, go to intermountainhealthcare.org/mammogram. Talk to your healthcare provider.

About Intermountain Healthcare

Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit system of 25 hospitals, 225 clinics, a Medical Group with 2,600 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a health insurance company called SelectHealth, and other health services in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada. Intermountain has been widely recognized for its leadership in healthcare transformation. It uses evidence-based best practice to deliver high-quality results and low costs. For more information, see Intermountain Healthcare or the Intermountain Healthcare Blog.

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