October 07, 2009
In 2007 KGH did 1669 mammography exams and 11 people were diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2008 there were 1730 exams and 5 people were diagnosed with breast cancer.
There are over 190,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer reported in the United States each year according to the American Cancer Society. Among women, it is the second most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death; skin cancer is more common and there are more deaths from lung cancer. Though far less common, men can also develop breast cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates there are about 2,000 new cases on invasive breast cancer diagnosed in men each year.
For 25 years, October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The attention brought to this disease is a factor in the reduction of death rates from breast cancer. While earlier detection and better treatment have dropped the death rate over 2% each year since 1990, the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer is a little less than one in eight.
Appointments for mammograms
are available at Ketchikan General Hospital through the Diagnostic
Imaging Department between 8am and 3:30pm. A doctor's order is
required for a mammogram.
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