Mammograms Encouraged for Breast Cancer Detection
Annual screenings key for early detection.
JACKSBORO, Texas (October 7, 2015) – It is estimated that 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women will be diagnosed in the United States this year, along with an additional 60,290 new cases of the noninvasive type. As with all types of cancers and other diseases, early detection is imperative.
This October, Faith Community Hospital (FCH) is joining a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of breast cancer and underscore the importance advanced screening.
FCH has partnered with the Moncrief Cancer Institute the past few years to bring the Mobile Mammogram Unit to Jack County for mammograms, but next month we will complete the installation and certification of a mammogram unit in our brand new replacement hospital,” explains Frank Beaman, CEO of FCH.
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that develops in the breast. While it is primarily found in women, some men are known to develop this type of cancer, although this occurrence is 100 times less common.
State statistics show that in the last decade, mortality rates for women with breast cancer were higher in urban counties compared to rural counties. Part of the discrepancy could be associated with access and availability of screenings and healthcare.
“I try to encourage women to stay up-to-date on prevention screening exams, like mammograms,” says Dr. Erika Crutcher, a family practice physician at the FCH Rural Health Clinic. “We are fortunate to have the opportunity to talk about the importance of screenings for common cancers and other diseases and the facilities to have these exams done locally.”
Dr. Crutcher explains that early Stage 1 detection can have a 99 percent survival rate at five years, versus detection at Stage 3 which has a 57 percent survival at five years.
Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. Clinical breast exams are encouraged for women in their 20s and 30s as part of a regular health exam every three years. Women at high-risk of developing the cancer are encouraged to ask their physicians about a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test.
With the latest data from the American Cancer Society, nearly 33 percent of women in the recommended age group have not gotten a mammogram.
Unlike other tests and screenings, a doctor’s order is not required for breast cancer screening. Medicare, Medicaid and most private health plans cover all or part of the cost of breast cancer screenings.
For more information about breast cancer screening, talk with your medical provider or contact Faith Community Hospital at 940-567-6633.
About Faith Community Hospital
Founded in 1958, Faith Community Hospital provides healthcare services for residents of Jack County. The new hospital, opened in September of 2015, offers a wealth of medical services including: Inpatient care, minor surgeries, obstetrics, Level IV 24-hour trauma center, advanced radiology services including CT scanning, outpatient lab, physical therapy, social services, minor surgical services, patient education, rural health clinic, and more. FCH is now servicing patients from a 87,000-square-foot replacement facility. For additional information, please visit www.fchtexas.com.