“Even with all of the materials out there, many women aren’t sure how to do a breast self-exam, and some don’t even try because they don’t know what they are looking for,” said ella health Director of Clinical Services Eileen Ann Morgans, RN, BSN, CBCN
Toms River, NJ (PRWEB) June 12, 2013
ella health, a mammography center with locations in Toms River, NJ, and Lemoyne, PA, has developed a program that combines breast self-exam education using a realistic model with a comprehensive clinical breast exam to help women detect cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable.
Through this program, women can learn how to correctly do a breast self-exam, which should be done monthly. They can also get a thorough clinical breast exam, which covers areas of the breast not included in a mammogram.
“These are all tools a woman should be using to monitor her health,” explained ella health Director of Clinical Services Eileen Ann Morgans, RN, BSN, CBCN.
Since women can’t take a practitioner home with them, and they are expected to come in only once a year, ella is doing the next best thing and offering them better tools to check themselves.
“Even with all of the materials out there, many women aren’t sure how to do a breast self-exam, and some don’t even try because they don’t know what they are looking for,” Morgans said. “This is a way that women can help take care of themselves, and it’s important that they are able to do it right.”
The program incorporates a realistic model of a breast that women can take home with them. The model has lumps of various sizes to show the difference between normal and potentially cancerous tissue.
While a mammogram shows the structures of the breast, during a clinical breast exam the practitioner will thoroughly cover the outer areas breast tissue and check the external appearance. She is looking for a lump or change in the breast that may indicate a cancer or other problems that may need further evaluation such as an infection or benign tumor.
As with a mammogram, The American Cancer Society recommends a clinical breast exam annually for women over age 40. Women over 20 should have a clinical breast exam every three years.
ella health is a mammography center featuring 3D technology for better imaging provided in an inviting, spa-like atmosphere. More information is available at ellahealth.com