Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast cancer is a serious condition. Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer,
breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. The team of
experts at Southern Regional is committed in the fight to help raise awareness
about and cure this deadly condition.
What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer in women and the second
most common cause of cancer death in women in the U.S. While the majority
of new breast cancers are diagnosed as a result of an abnormality seen
on a mammogram, a lump or change in consistency of the breast tissue can
also be a warning sign of the disease.
Prevention and Detection
Every woman should know about prevention and early detection of breast
cancer. Here are some of the basic guidelines.
- Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman
is in good health.
- Clinical breast exams (CBE) every three years for women in their 20s and
30s and every year for women 40 and over.
- Women should report any breast change promptly to their health care providers.
- Breast self exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.
Women at increased risk (e.g., family history, genetic tendency, past breast
cancer) should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations
mammography screening earlier, having additional tests (breast ultrasound or MRI), or having
more frequent exams.
At Southern Regional Medical Center, we have a team of expert physicians,
oncologists, surgical oncologists, and radiologists who specialize in
the detection and treatment of this condition. Our state-of-the-art equipment
at both our
Medical Center and
Spivey Station locations offer a warm and inviting, yet technologically superior environment
to diagnose and treat breast cancer. We feature some of the region's
leading physicians, some of whom will be featured in a local TV campaign
throughout the month of October. We also continue to provide support for
breast cancer survivors and their families. Please
click here to find a support group that's right for you.
To find a physician who can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of breast
cancer please call