Baptist Health Paducah: Importance of Early Mammogram Screenings
Importance of Early Mammogram Screenings in Paducah, KY HealthTalks Transcript
Tammy Carr, APRN, Women’s Health:
I started in this business a long time ago, and back in those days, we did a baseline mammogram at 35. So I have continued that throughout my whole practice and have found many breast cancers. My daughter was diagnosed in June 2019 with breast cancer. I actually was the one who ordered her mammogram and had to tell her those results. So that was very hard.
Brittany Ramage, patient:
The plan of attack was I had the biopsy that following Monday, had a lumpectomy on that following Friday, and then a course of radiation. I had the BRCA test, and three months to the day, my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer almost identical to what I had.
Every time I see a patient that comes in the office who has family history of breast cancer or colon cancer or any of those kind of cancers, I will talk to them about the genetic screening program we have here at Baptist. We all three got a comprehensive genetic test, and we all three have CHEK2 in our blood, which is another thing that can cause breast cancer. If you have a positive gene, you can increase your testing, you can do a mammogram, and then MRI every six months, so you’re alternating back and forth between the two.
If I hadn’t done a mammogram, we would have never known. I probably would have found a lump and then it would have been a lot more serious than it was.
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