HEALTH REPORT: Myths, misconceptions about mammograms


Previously this information was available by request to the Breast Screening Program.

Since 2009, Bonnie's Bus has provided over 17,500 mammograms and detected at least 80 cases of breast cancer. "It is used to evaluate newly diagnosed breast cancer and to screen women who have a lifetime breast cancer risk of greater than 20 percent or women with specific genetic mutations".

The abbreviated breast MRI is only provided to women with dense breasts who have had a mammogram within the previous 12 months, are age 40 or over, have no symptoms of breast disease, no history of breast cancer and no gene mutation.

"Now I have a daughter who has a paternal and maternal aunt that have had breast cancer, so she is fully aware of those statistics that are so important", McCall said.

Dr Daniel Asare, Chief Executive Officer (KBTH), said breast, though admirable, it is also a seat of disease that could kill adding regular screening, early detection and early treatment are the sure ways to demystify the fear surrounding the disease.

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Here in OR and Southwest Washington there are 63 women diagnosed each week, and 11 die each year according to Ann Berryman with Susan G. Komen.

Breast MRI is an imaging technology that uses radio waves and strong magnets to make detailed cross-sectional pictures of the inside of the breast.

He said this in a speech read for him at the media launch of this year's Breast Cancer Awareness Month organised by the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) and its partner hospitals in collaboration with the Accra City Hotel.

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Advocate Health Care recommends 3D screening mammography for all women over age 40, and for those with dense breasts, we offer automated and whole breast ultrasound services throughout. They aim to grow and raise a significant part of their food by maintaining a vegetable garden, keeping a flock of backyard chickens and foraging. No referral is required. Karen's academic background in nutrition made her care deeply about real food and seek ways to obtain it.