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GREEN BAY — Breast cancer awareness may be at an all-time high, leading more women to have mammograms. At many health care facilities women wait days or weeks to get results. Not at Bellin Hospital.
“When you have a mammogram here, the radiologist reads it right away,” said Jolene Bartlett, a mammography quality control technologist at Bellin. “If the mammogram looks fine, we provide the patient with a written report of the results – before they leave.”
Mammograms are vital tool for early detection of breast cancer, especially since an estimated one in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society.
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts from cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.
The American Cancer Society’s 2009 estimates for breast cancer in the United States are as follows:
“Our same day mammograms are part of a concerted effort to encourage an increased awareness of breast cancer and testing,” Bartlett said. “The prevalence of this disease can add to the anxiety of the waiting for results, so we are pleased to offer same day results.”
Bellin also provides special attention and swift action for patients whose results require further attention. If an abnormality is detected on a mammogram, a consultation is set up.
“One of our breast health nurses meets with the patient right away. She explains the results and discusses the patient’s options, including setting up a visit with a breast specialist if necessary,” Bartlett said.
Bellin works to promote breast health, not just mammograms, Bartlett said. “Good breast health includes a breast exam by your doctor, doing self-breast exams monthly and having a yearly mammogram. Early detection is our goal.”
Women who notice any changes in their breasts are encouraged to make an appointment to see their doctor.
For information about mammograms or programs to help pay for a mammography, please call Bellin Health at (920) 433-7555 or call toll free at (866) 438-4540.