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September 22, 2010

Hospital plans Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities

CHICKASHA — Grady Memorial Hospital has a slate of activities on tap for Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming up in October.  

“Breast cancer affects everyone in the US,” said Dana McElroy, coordinator of the center.  “Even if a person has no family history of the disease, we all know of friends and family who are dealing with breast cancer.”

It is recommended that a woman get a mammogram at the age of 40 and every year thereafter because one in eight women will get breast cancer.  Mammograms provide the best defense against breast cancer because early detection leads to better treatment options and cures.  

It is also recommended that women perform a monthly self exam and to have their physicians perform an annual exam.  “Even with no family history of breast cancer, McElroy said, “women still need to follow the recommendations for screening to protect themselves.”

The Grady Memorial hospital digital mammography center is among the most advanced in the nation.  The latest in digital mammography equipment means better technology for clearer imaging and faster exam times for more comfortable exams. At the Grady Women’s Imaging Center, the technologist are able to view the images as they are taken.  The images are then transmitted electronically to Oklahoma Breast Care Center radiologist who specialize in reading mammograms. After viewing the images they compare them with other mammograms of the patient.   When the review is completed, the report results come back to the Grady Women's Imaging Center and a letter is sent out to the patients with the report results.

Grady Memorial Hospital’s mammography center is open late two nights a month for those who can't get off work or are unable to find a babysitter earlier in the day.  These appointments can be scheduled by calling 779-2810.

Grady’s mammography center also offers breast self exam classes for the public.  These classes are free of charge.  

Dana McElroy, a certified instructor, in fact, the only certified instructor in Oklahoma, teaches the MammaCare Method, which is known to be the most thorough, systematic, and efficient method of examining breast tissue.  

Classes will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and Oct. 20 at Grady Memorial Hospital. Call 779-2202 to reserve a place.

The Women's Imaging Center will be celebrating passionately pink day on Oct. 15 to raise funds for the Susan G Komen Foundation to help fight breast cancer.  

Other upcoming events include a silent auction Oct. 4-15, and on Oct. 21 Grady will celebrate national pink day with community businesses and encouraging women's to have their mammograms.      Also, from Oct. 1-30, the Center will have games for weekly giveaways.


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