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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Early Detection Saves Lives

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“One out of eight” is a startling statistic for any medical condition. And when that condition is breast cancer, medical professionals and patients focus on one theme: early detection.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place each October. Bertrand Chaffee Hospital works with local primary care providers and gynecologists to make sure that women are following up-to-date guidelines for regular screenings, including mammograms. “Treatment for breast cancer is more effective at early stages, and treatment options increase with earlier diagnoses,” said Imaging Department Manager Lisa Smith. “All women should perform a self-examination each month to feel for lumps, thickenings or hardened areas, and women over the age of 40 should schedule a mammogram each year or as recommended by their healthcare provider.”

To raise awareness during this month-long campaign, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home employees will be wearing pink on Oct. 5. “Breast cancer and cancer in general have affected so many families in our community,” said Kara Kane, community relations coordinator. “Our facility recognizes that, and we have included funding to upgrade our imaging technologies in a recent state grant application. News on that should be available by the end of the year.”

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is a Pink Ribbon Facility™ and offers digital mammography with convenient evening hours. Contact (716) 592-8169 for an appointment or more information.

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