Early cancer detection is key to maintaining breast health.
Berkeley Heights, NJ (Vocus) October 6, 2010
On October 4, Summit Medical Group (SMG) volunteers tied pink ribbons to trees at SMG's 1 Diamond Hill Road location in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in an annual event that takes place at all nine of SMG’s New Jersey locations. Provided by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the ribbons serve as reminders to women that early detection via mammogram is the best prevention against breast cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), US breast cancer estimates for 2010 suggest that:
- 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women
- 54,010 new cases of carcinoma in situ, a noninvasive and the earliest form of breast cancer, will be diagnosed
- 39,840 women will die from breast cancer
- 1 in 8 women will ever develop invasive breast cancer
“The good news is that death rates from breast cancer are declining, most likely as a result of increased awareness and screening, early detection, and more effective treatments,” says Carol Boyer, RN, MSN, APN, CBPN-C of SMG’s Breast Care Center. She adds, “Early cancer detection is key to maintaining breast health. We can help you stay on top of your health through screening, education, accurate diagnosis, and personalized treatment. Our certified breast health nurse navigators will partner closely with you to be sure you receive the care you need.”
Ms. Boyer suggests that women follow the ACS screening guidelines as well as conduct monthly self breast examinations. “In addition to clinical screenings and mammograms, taking time for self breast examinations is a way patients can work with practitioners to achieve their health goals.”
In accordance with the ACS, SMG recommends that patients:
- Begin self-breast examinations at age 20 to become familiar with how their breasts look, feel, and change
- Have yearly mammograms beginning at age 40 and continue them yearly as long as you are in good health
- Have clinical breast examinations every 3 years between the ages of 20 and 30 years
- Have yearly clinical breast examinations from age 40 on
- Be screened with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in addition to mammograms if there is a family history of, genetic tendency toward, or other risks for breast cancer
Because each woman’s health and medical history are unique, screening needs may differ. Women should ask their doctor whether additional tests or screening at an earlier age is necessary.
ABOUT SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP
Summit Medical Group (SMG) is the largest privately held multispecialty medical practice in New Jersey. SMG has pioneered information technology advances in health care with its early adoption of electronic health records and e-prescribing. With more than 200 highly qualified providers, it serves as a unique health care model for the state. NJBiz magazine has named it one of New Jersey's "Fifty Fastest Growing Companies". SMG treats more than 55,000 patients per month at its main campus in Berkeley Heights as well as its satellites in Berkeley Heights, Morristown, Millburn, Shorts Hills, Summit, Warren, and Westfield. As one of the East Coast's premier multispecialty groups, SMG has provided exceptional primary and specialty care since 1929. For more information, please visit http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com.