The Susan G Komen Foundation and Alinea Imaging staff members were at CIMC’s Medical Group Office for Mammograms on March 17-18.
89 WOMEN SCREENED FOR BREAST CANCER MARCH 17-18
Mature women from all walks of life and vastly different social and economic backgrounds are each at risk for breast cancer. Each spring Catalina Island Medical Center provides mammography for island residents and visitors. It was a festive place to be recently, as women filled out their registration forms, browsed through literature about women’s health, chatted with each other and enjoyed cookies, punch and gifts from CIMC and the Mammogram team. 89 women were screened for breast cancer in the Medical Group Office between Friday morning March 17 and Sunday afternoon March 18.
The equipment used for Avalon women utilized the latest advancements in technology and offered shorter examination times and significantly improved comfort and convenience for patients. The technician checked the digital images for clarity and accuracy on the system monitor immediately after the completion of each screening. Additional images could be taken, if needed. Scans shall be reviewed by a radiologist and results will be mailed to patients within the next few weeks. CIMC’s medical staff and the website Breastcancer.org remind women that an unusual mammogram reading which requires additional testing does not necessarily mean that a woman has breast cancer. There are support services and information for women through the Susan G Komen Foundation and the medical providers at CIMC can also assist patients who have questions about their mammography results.
Women of all ages are reminded to consistently perform monthly breast self exams. Early detection of breast cancer can save a woman’s life. Self exams and Mammography remain the simplest and most powerful breast cancer detection methods. Women who missed this opportunity should ask their primary care physician about getting a mammogram. especially if there is a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Patients who do not have a personal physician can be seen by a Family Practice doctor at the Catalina Island Medical Center Medical Group Office. Please call (310) 510-0096 to make an appointment.