Since October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” Kane Community Hospital is busier than ever in administering mammograms—a potential life-saving medical test for women.
“The mammogram is recognized as the best screening tool for breast cancer,” Julie Laughner said. She is the chief technician for imaging at Kane Community Hospital and is the “lead” mammographer.
“We’re busier more through October because it’s ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month,’” Laughner said. The “pink” signs, decorations, clothing and other items are “a big influence” in reminding women to schedule their annual mammogram, Laughner said.
“We’re booked pretty solid this month,” she said. “We’re doing eight to 10 mammograms every day.”
To respond to the request for mammograms, the hospital has even scheduled the tests for Saturday, Oct. 29.
“We’re booked from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. all day,” Laughner said in looking ahead to her busy schedule next Saturday.
Kane Community Hospital in 2010 performed 1,350 mammograms and is on track to at least match that figure this year.
Laughner said annual mammograms are recommended for all women over the age of 40. Testing begins at an earlier age for women whose mother or sister has had breast cancer, Laughner said.
While many Kane area women faithfully schedule their annual mammogram at the hospital, many others fail to do so.
“A lot of women are worried about the results; they don’t want to know,” Laughner said in explaining why some decline to schedule a mammogram due to this concern.
According to the American Cancer Society, one of eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. The society also points out that “everyone knows someone who has had breast cancer or will have breast cancer in their lifetime.”
Laughner said the “typical mammogram” takes about 30 minutes and includes four images—two on each breast.
Kane Community Hospital has a modern digital imaging machine for mammograms.
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