May 06, 2011
Susan G. Komen Grant Keeps Mammography Marathon Running
Thanks to an $18,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, Huguley Memorial Medical Center hosted its third 24-hour Mammography Marathon, offering free digital screening mammograms for women residing in Tarrant and Johnson Counties. During the event, Huguley Imaging Center screened a total of 144 women.
“The community shows tremendous support for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, which in turn benefits local women in our community. Their grant provided access for local women, many of whom are uninsured or medically underserved, to receive a free digital screening mammogram, potentially catching any cancer early when it’s most easy to treat,” said Diane Hanson, director of radiology at Huguley Memorial Medical Center.
Breast cancer survivor Suzanne Wyatt knows the importance of regular mammograms. On her mammogram last year, the radiologist noted a suspicious area and suggested a biopsy, which confirmed she had breast cancer.
“Because I have a mammogram every year, the doctor caught it early. The cancer was at Stage 0 and hadn’t spread, so I didn’t require chemotherapy. I had surgery in January and my radiation treatments are over, so I am cancer free. I couldn’t be more grateful,” said Mrs. Wyatt.
Each year, approximately 186,000 new cases of breast cancer occur in the U.S. Although not a perfect test, mammography is the only breast cancer detection method which has proven to reduce a woman’s risk of dying from breast cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, early detection of breast cancer saves thousands of women’s lives each year. It recommends annual mammograms beginning at age 40 for all women, or beginning at 35 for women with a strong family history of breast cancer.
Research reported in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that digital mammograms are more accurate than traditional mammograms, especially for women with dense breasts and women who are pre- or perimenopausal.