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Don’t Put Off Your Mammogram!

6/27/2011

I know it isn’t Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but last week when a co-worker told me that she was called back for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound to ”have a better look,” my first response was “That happens frequently – it is probably nothing.” When she told me she needed a biopsy I said,”Eighty percent of biopsies come back negative for cancer.” Because I worked at The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center for 17 years and because I have some personal experience with cancer, I just crossed my fingers that everything would turn out to be “just a little scare” for her.

I was wrong. Her positive diagnosis of DCIS (ductal carcinomia insitu) was upsetting, naturally to my co-worker and all of her family and friends. Although her cancer was found at the earliest, most treatable stage, it still requires her to have a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy.

You may not know that Pomona Valley Hospital’s Breast Health Center is the only facility in the area to be designated as an American College of Radiology Breast Center of Excellence. What that means is that we can be assured the highest practice standards in digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and breast MRI. At the Breast Health Center they place a high priority on providing women with accurate evaluation and appropriate services in a timely manner. In order to measure and improve the quality of services to our patients, we have continued to participate in the National Consortium of Breast Centers. This gives our multidisciplinary Breast Health Task Force the ability to track our performance in more than 20 separate quality measures and compare our performance with other participating centers around the county. Because she asked me to, I will be supporting my co-worker through her surgery, recovery and radiation process. I am grateful that she didn’t put off her mammogram and grateful that, even though no one wants to have breast cancer, hers was caught early and will be treated quickly and effectively. And I’m also happy to be part of her support team while on her treatment journey.

Comments for "Don’t Put Off Your Mammogram!"
Chelsi
12/15/2011
Heck yeah bay-bee keep them cnoimg!
Gigi Smith
6/28/2011
My thoughts go out to our friend at PVHMC!!!
Dotty
10/14/2011
Always the best content from these pordigious writers.

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