JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Tuesday evening, Amy Lynn from News Channel 11’s Daytime Tri-Cities hosted a show highlighting the latest information on technology, early detection and local resources when it comes to the treatment of breast cancer.
For 30-minutes we took questions about breast cancer and gave you the answers.
We’ve included a recap of the show in this story. If you are reading this on a mobile device, click on the link to watch our full broadcast.
Here are a few of the highlights from our show:
Changes in technology and early detection
We talked to experts from the Women’s Imaging Center in Johnson City, TN. The center focuses on detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. They say they’ve seen quite of be of advancements in technology – especially with the computerized imaging – which is a far better tool at detection. In addition, the ability to get another opinion quickly has improved the outcome of biopsies. That really eases a lot of discomfort and how long women have to wait.
“There are also a lot of other modalities that we use with the rest of breast cancer detection – like ultrasound and MRI. Those are great tools, “ an expert from the Women’s Imaging Center told WJHL.
Breast cancer treatment is now a personalized experience. Each patient has different road to travel says the Women’s Imaging Center. There are different types of breast cancer. In addition, the staging is different for each patient and it is based on how old they are and other factors and medical conditions.
Other tools that have been helpful in the early detection of breast cancer are electronic records and being able to share that information with a team of experts that are working together to treat the cancer.
The recommendation to start a yearly mammogram is age 40. Click on the link to learn more information about scheduling a mammogram – https://www.mountainstateshealth.com/breast-cancer-awareness