October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and TriStar Health is encouraging women to be vigilant about receiving regular mammograms if they are age 40 or older or have high-risk conditions. According to the CDC, 255,000 women in the United States receive a breast cancer diagnosis every year. Breast cancer is much easier to treat if caught early, and a regular screening mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer in its earliest stages. In addition, if you are experiencing any symptoms of breast cancer like changes in the size or shape of the breast, pain or if you notice a new lump, it is important to call your physician.
TriStar Health offers comprehensive breast cancer screenings at more than 10 locations across Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, KY. Many of our centers are equipped with 3D mammography, which can provide a higher-quality image to better detect any abnormalities. 3D mammography is also faster, more comfortable for patients and can decrease the number of women called back for additional images.
“It is more important than ever that women stay up-to-date on their mammogram screenings,” said Dr. Tama VanDecar, Chief Medical Officer of TriStar Health. “We know there are many women who may have missed their annual appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is important that those are rescheduled. The best way to fight breast cancer is through early detection.”
TriStar Health understands that some women may be nervous about a mammogram appointment, but our compassionate caregivers are ready to help you through every step of the process. Our screening locations are focused on your comfort, privacy and convenience so you can feel supported and at ease through the entire appointment.
If you have breast cancer-related questions, call askSARAH at (844) 482-4812 and speak to a nurse available 24/7. To schedule a screening mammogram, please go to TriStarHealth.com or call (615) 342-1919.