Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake wants women to focus on their breast health this October. The hospital asks women to “Picture Yourself Healthy,” encouraging each to take the one picture that could save her life – a mammogram.
“Breast cancer can affect anyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, or even gender,” says Dr. Tuoc Dao, fellowship trained breast cancer surgeon on the medical staff at Doctors Hospital. “We urge all women to consider an annual screening mammogram.”
Doctors Hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center offers digital mammography and is one of only five certified Softer Mammogram Providers in Dallas. The warm, comfortable process involves placing a soft foam “MammoPad” cushion on the plastic or plexiglass exam plate to significantly decrease discomfort.
“Mammograms are a critical tool for detecting breast cancer early on,” Dr. Dao adds. “And discovering it early is very important. Early detection of breast cancer may lead to higher chances of survival and better overall prognosis.”
According to the American Cancer Society, the chance of developing breast cancer is a little less than one in eight during her lifetime. While Caucasian women have a higher incidence of breast cancer after age 45, African American women are more likely to develop breast cancer at earlier ages and have a higher risk of dying from breast cancer at all ages. There is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer, which makes earlier detection through regular mammograms very important.
The Women’s Imaging Center at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is conveniently open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To determine your risk of developing breast cancer, visit www.doctorshospitaldallas.com/breastcancerrisk
for an online assessment.
To schedule your screening mammogram at Doctors Hospital, call 214-324-6220.