The sobering reality is that breast cancer impacts 1 in 8 women in their lifetime. Each year, 40,000 women are expected to die from breast cancer. If detected early, however, the breast cancer survival rate can be as high as 99% and finding cancer early means that many cases may be treated without the removal of the breast. The most important fact of all is that awareness is key and screening is easier than you might think.
SIH physicians, nurse practitioners, patient navigators and a breast cancer survivor were featured throughout the month of October on WSIL-TV’s Monday morning House Call segment to discuss screening, diagnosis, treatment, support and survivorship for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Five segments aired on the ABC affiliate, each Monday in October, highlighting every aspect of breast cancer care.
The first segment features Ruthann Coale, Nurse Practitioner at The Breast Center, discussing the common risk factors for breast cancer and what is involved in screening.
The second segment looks at treatment options once a diagnosis has been made with Dr. Nova Foster, Medical Director of The Breast Center. Dr. Foster is quick to point out that a diagnosis is not the end of the road. In fact, Dr. Foster leads with the encouraging statement that “the first thing to know is that, when you get diagnosed with breast cancer, we are really good at treating breast cancer. We’re really good at picking it up early now, and then once we find it, we’re really good at treating it.” Click here
The thirst segment, featuring Dr. George Kao, a Radiation Oncologist at The SIH Cancer Institute,
delves into the advancements in treatment options and techniques being employed at The Cancer Institute.
The fourth segment takes a deeper look at breast imaging guidelines and reemphasizes the importance of screening with advanced tools like 3D mammography, ultrasound and MRI with Dr. Shanaree Muzinich from The SIH Breast Center and Cape Radiology.
Finally, the month’s coverage wraps up with a discussion of support options and survivorship with SIH Cancer Institute Patient Navigator, Krystal Zsido, and breast cancer survivor, Shanna Higgerson.