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

October 3, 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 Conemaugh Health System, 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, Conemaugh Health System 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

Conemaugh Health System now offers new, state of the art breast imaging technology. True Breast Tomosynthesis is 3D mammogram technology that is proven to detect breast cancer better than traditional 2D mammography alone.  While standard 2D mammograms take an image of the top and bottom side of a patient’s breast, True Breast Tomosynthesis takes 25 images of the breast from many angles as the X-Ray tube moves across the breast in a 50-degree arc.

Advantages of 3D Mammography:

  • Better cancer detection, especially for women with dense breasts
  • 40% increase in the detection of invasive cancer
  • 16% decrease in the need for call backs for additional images
  • Reduces the need for biopsies
  • Allows the radiologist to view the breast tissue in layers and better localize findings

            For more information on 3D mammography, CLICK HERE.

Mammography Screenings**

Tuesday, October 4 – Conemaugh Ebensburg, 1-6 p.m.
236 Jamesway Road, Ebensburg

Wednesday, October 5 – Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, 1-6 p.m.

1111 Franklin Street, Suite 040, Johnstown

Thursday, October 13 – Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center, 3-6 p.m.
200 Hospital Drive, Meyersdale

Tuesday, October 18 – Conemaugh Richland, 1-6 p.m.
1481 Eisenhower Boulevard, Johnstown

** Physician Mammography Orders Required

Educational Opportunities

Health and Wellness Fair – Thursday, October 6
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Main Campus Atrium
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Support Services

Experienced Breast Health Nurse Navigators available to assist breast cancer and imaging patients with general breast health education, explanation of tests and procedures, assistance with coordinating appointments, help in finding community care resources and emotional support before, during and after treatment.  For more information on our Nurse Navigator Program, CLICK HERE.

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  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.

For more information on mammography, or to schedule a mammogram, call (814) 534-4444.