“Check yourself,” Say Asante Health Experts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
--Asante offers free clinical, physical breast exams at two events during October
Rebekah Ruby was 23 when she noticed what looked like a bruise on her right breast. She could feel a lump under the bruise. "I thought it might just go away," Rebekah says, "but in my heart, I knew it wouldn't."
Ruby got an ultrasound and a mammogram at Asante Imaging at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. It was breast cancer. "I was in shock," Ruby recalls.
Thankfully, Rebekah spotted the cancer before it spread, says Melanie Dines, RN, Rebekah's nurse navigator at Asante Rogue Regional. "With early diagnosis, you have the best fighting chance for surviving breast cancer." The 5-year survival rate for women diagnosed with early breast cancer is 99 percent (ACS Cancer Facts & Figures 2012).
Today, Rebekah is free of cancer and studying nursing at Southern Oregon University. "Having breast cancer, through all of this experience, it has given me such a heart to help other people," she says. "I tell women, 'Don't be naive about it. Don't be afraid. You can be a survivor.'"
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and staff at Asante Imaging in Medford and Asante Women’s Imaging in Grants Pass encourage women to be like Rebekah and know their breast health.
First, every woman should know how to do a self breast exam and do it often. "And if you notice something is different, then do something about it," says Rebekah. To learn how to do a self exam, visit breastcancer.org.
Then, starting at age 20, every woman should get a physical breast exam from a medical professional every three years. After age 40, the American Cancer Society recommends women get a mammogram and a physical breast exam every year.
Both Asante imaging centers encourage women over 40 to schedule a mammogram in October. If insurance or money is a concern, the Asante Foundation has an assistance program to help women who qualify to get a breast exam.
For more information abpout breast cancer, visit the Susan G. Komen Foundation or the American Cancer Society.
Free Clinical Breast Exams
Both centers are offering a free physical breast exams at two events in October in cooperation with Medford Women's Clinic in Medford and the Women's Health Center of Southern Oregon in Grants Pass.
You can register online.
Medford. Get a free clinical breast exam at Medford Women’s Clinic at 3170 State Street in Medford on Thursday, October 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. Healthcare professionals will volunteer their time to conduct a free physical breast exam clinic. Melanie Dines, breast health/oncology nurse navigator at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, will also be present to discuss how women with no insurance can obtain screening mammograms at Asante Imaging at no cost. To register, call 541-789-6164.
Grants Pass. Get a free clinical breast exam at Asante Women’s Imaging at 1075 S.W. Grandview Ave. in Grants Pass on Wednesday, October 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Healthcare professionals will volunteer their time to conduct free physical breast exams. Diana Sheldon, breast health coordinator for Asante Women’s Imaging, will also be present to discuss how women with no insurance can obtain screening mammograms at Asante Women’s Imaging at no cost. To register, call 541-955-5446.
Schedule a Mammogram During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Both imaging centers are also offering a free gift and a complimentary drink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All women who get a mammogram at Asante Women’s Imaging in Grants Pass or Asante Imaging in Medford in October will receive a free gift and a coupon for a drink at the Human Bean.
For more information or to schedule a mammogram, call Asante Women’s Imaging in Grants Pass at 541-955-5446, or Asante Imaging in Medford at 541-789-6150.