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There’s a lot you can do in 15 minutes
If you can find 15 minutes to do so many things, why not take the time to get a mammogram that could help you determine where you stand with your breast health?
In 15 minutes you can:
- Read and send emails
- Return a phone call
- Run an errand
- Walk the dog
Schedule your mammogram. Do it for yourself. Do it for your family. It just might end up saving your life.
Did you know…
- Mammograms can detect lumps 1-to-3 years before they can be felt in a self-exam.
- Annual screening mammograms do not require a physician referral.
- Because mammograms are considered preventive care, they are covered by Medicare and almost all private insurance companies.
- Radiation from a mammogram is very low. The benefits of mammography nearly always outweigh the potential harm from final exposure.
Rachel Blackburn is a firm believer in being proactive when it comes to her breast health. Though she has no family history of breast cancer, she always has been diligent about doing monthly self-exams and getting yearly mammograms.
Five years ago, a routine mammogram found a lump that had gone undetected during her annual physical exam.
“A few days after having my yearly mammogram, Kettering Health Breast Centers called me and said I needed a biopsy,” recalled the Dayton-area native. “I had it done, and two days later, my OB-GYN called with the news – I had breast cancer.”
According to the American Cancer Society, 1-in-8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. However, when caught early, the 5-year survival rate is 98 percent.
In Blackburn’s case, early detection and treatment made all the difference in her cancer story having a happy ending. She was diagnosed with Stage 2a invasive ductal carcinoma and began treatment immediately under the careful guidance of Kettering Health radiation and oncologists.
Early detection is the best protection
Kettering Health understands the importance of early detection when it comes to breast health. That’s why we have several mammography locations throughout the greater Dayton area, to make scheduling as convenient as possible.
“I am proud to say that we have a wonderful team of highly experienced radiologists dedicated and trained in the subspecialty of breast imaging. This begins with mammography and encompasses other imaging tools such as ultrasound, MRI, and nuclear breast imaging,” explained Dr. Meghan Musser, medical director of Kettering Health Breast Centers.
“A mammogram takes only 15 minutes of your time. It’s time well-spent on something that could possibly save your life,” said Blackburn. “Do it for yourself because you deserve another day.”
Click here to schedule your mammogram, or call 1-800-373-2160.
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