Who needs a mammogram?

One in eight women will develop breast cancer, making it the leading cause of cancer death among women. But when do you need to get a mammogram?

The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older have a mammogram every year. Women who are at a higher risk of breast cancer, possibly because of family history or a history of other cancers, should talk to their doctors about having mammograms before the age of 40.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Western Baptist uses its Pink Glove Dance video to remind women to get annual mammograms for early detection. The top three vote-getters in the national video contest will receive prizes up to $10,000 for the breast cancer charity of their choice, so the hospital asks viewers to find the video at http://on.fb.me/REgebR  and click “vote.”

Kay Travis, an administrator at West Kentucky Community & Technical College, says her annual mammogram saved her from extensive treatment and maybe even saved her life.

After a mammogram last December at the Baptist Imaging Center, she was notified to return for a second mammogram and an ultrasound.

“That led to a biopsy, and then eventually to a lumpectomy and radiation treatment,” said Travis of Calvert City. “I’m very thankful because I feel like the yearly mammogram is what enabled me to have successful treatment, because it was caught so early.”

Travis chose to have all her care – mammograms, breast ultrasound, surgery and radiation – at Baptist.

“From the time, I started until I finished my last treatment, I did not meet one person who worked at this hospital who did not treat me with respect and kindness,” she said. “It was not the experience I wanted to have in my life; however, I think I can say I found a group of people who made me realize that this is something I can beat.”

The hospital’s breast imaging services – including mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy – are accredited as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, a distinction awarded to just the top 3 percent in the nation. Phone (270) 575-2662 to schedule your mammogram.

Phone the Baptist Health Line 24/7 at (270) 575-2918 if you have questions about mammograms or any health condition, even if you’ve never been a patient at Western Baptist. Our nurses also can answer your questions here.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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