Autumn is a time of year when the days grow considerably shorter and the trees turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and gold. It is also a month when a number of things change to pink in celebration of breast cancer awareness month. From cans of soup to the shoes of NFL football players, breast cancer awareness is at its peak. These events are a good reminder to women and those who love them about the importance of caring for themselves throughout the year with breast self-exams, clinical breast exams, MRIs and mammography.
No Pair Alike
Despite great advances in research, there is still a lot of exploration around the subject of breast cancer, particularly among young women. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women age 15-34 and over a lifetime, 1 in 8 will receive a breast cancer diagnosis. As part of this great variability, it is important women take a proactive role in their own health. Often times, a women who is in tune with her body will notice something is different or “not right” that tips them off to a potential problem. That is not to say these intuitive feelings will detect or diagnose breast cancer, but they can be an important first step for further exploration. One of the ways to get better in tune with the body is through regular self-exams. These provide a benchmark of a personal “normal.” If there is a change in the norm, it’s important to talk to your doctor immediately. With early detection in a localized (restricted to a particular place) area, the 5-year survival rate is 100%, according to the American Cancer Society.
Be your Own Advocate
Because you know your body best, it’s important to find a doctor who is willing to listen when and if you find something out of the ordinary. If a doctor is not listening or dismisses concerns, it’s time to find someone else. This becomes especially critical if you need to research options for breast cancer treatment.
Grades of Cancer
- Grade I: cancer cells that resemble normal cells and aren’t growing rapidly
- Grade II: cancer cells that don’t look like normal cells and are growing faster than normal cells
- Grade III: cancer cells look abnormal and may grow or spread more aggressively
Stages of Cancer
- Stage I: tumor less than 0.8 inches that’s not spreading
- Stage II: tumor 0.8 inches to 1.97 inches, with or without lymph node involvement that hasn’t spread
- Stage III: tumor larger than 1.97 inches fixed to a chest wall, muscle or skin or has spread to the lymph nodes above the collarbone
- Stage IV: tumor or any size that’s spread to other parts of the body
Imaging Services offered at Summit Medical Center
- Computer Tomography (CT)
- CTA (Computed Tomography Angiography
- Diagnostic X-Ray
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Pediatric Imaging
- Vascular Imagine
At Summit Medical Center our imaging department provides a full range of diagnostic and screening services. Walk-in appointments and same-day results are available for a number of the imaging services. Summit Medical Center serves the Casper, Wyoming, area with cost-competitive, high-quality medical care and superior patient service. We’re changing the delivery of healthcare in Casper and beyond.