Breast Cancer Awareness Month—October 2011
Itís All Good—Nancy J. Williams
The morning of my routine screening mammogram—April 23, 2010—I nearly cancelled the appointment because our insurance had just changed, and I was concerned about coverage. We had just driven to Rochester from our home in the Thousand Islands region up north for several appointments that day. "I can postpone the mammogram", I said to my husband. Common sense prevailed, and I went into the Elizabeth Wende Breast Care Clinic, had the series of mammography films and went back to the waiting area. Although I customarily stay for my results, this visit seemed longer. Eventually I was called back for an ultrasound. Yet, somehow, I already knew... [ read full story ]
Breast cancer and early detection imaging techniques—Stamatia Destounis MD, Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, LLC
October, 2011—As a radiologist specializing in breast Imaging and breast cancer detection, I encounter questions from women every day about breast cancer prevention, early detection, upcoming technologies and risk factors. Every day women have questions based on new information in the media, individual health care concerns and socio-economic issues. New research is published weekly that informs, excites and confuses the public. Recommendations by many of the medical groups and local or national organizations have been widely different and frequently contradictory... [ read article ]
Breast Cancer Resources compiled by the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester
The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester's mission is to provide support to those touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer, to make access to information and care a priority through education and advocacy, and to empower women and men to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer... Breast Cancer Resources
Rochester-area Hospital System Breast Cancer Resources
The SIS Mission: SIS is committed to improving the quality of life of those battling breast cancer. We do this by providing financial assistance, essential services and quality of life enhancements during treatment to those in need. Behind The Mission: SIS is a non-profit organization established to support patients and survivors who have been afflicted by breast cancer. By providing loving guidance, funding, care and knowledge, we help them regain their dignity and self-esteem as well as emotional and physical beauty...visit the SIS website
Embrace Your Sisters (emergency financial support for people with breast cancer)
Embrace Your Sisters (EYS) fills a unique niche in breast cancer services by providing short-term emergency financial assistance to residents of Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne & Yates counties in New York. Many people diagnosed with breast cancer are unable to work during their illness or treatment, adding a huge financial toll to an already difficult struggle. Assistance from EYS eases the financial difficulties of unpaid bills and helps friends focus on their health and families....visit the Embrace Your Sisters website
Help for women uninsured or under insured women who need a mammogram or clinical breast examBreast and Cervical Cancer Detection and Education Program
New York's statewide network of 54 community-based breast and cervical cancer screening projects, called Cancer Services Program Partnerships, are providing low-income, uninsured or under-insured women with annual comprehensive screening examinations and follow-up services & treatment. Each year, 60,000 women are screened through the program. To locate the CSP serving your county, call 1-800-877-293-0822 or refer to the county links... Monroe County, Genesee County, Livingston County, Ontario County, Orleans County, Wayne County
American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer
- Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
- A clinical breast exam should be part of a periodic health exam, about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women age 40 and older.
- Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care providers. Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.
The American Cancer Society recommends that some women—because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors—be screened with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is less than two percent of all the women in the United States.) Women who think they are in this category should talk with their doctor about their history and whether they should have an MRI with their mammogram.
source: American Cancer Society
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM)
The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) organization is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services. While October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the www.NBCAM.org Web site is a year-round resource for breast cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and the general public. We encourage you to visit our site in October and regularly throughout the year as we add updated breast cancer information and resources...visit the NBCAM website
Trusted web sites to learn more about breast cancer
These sources should be used for informational purposes only. If you have a health-related problem, please consult a doctor.
The American Cancer Society has good information on how to navigate the Web and identify reliable sources of healthcare information... [ view the resource list ]
Where to get a mammogram
Where to get a mammogram in the Rochester-area... [ view the list ]
SIS is committed to improving the quality of life of those battling breast cancer. We do this by providing financial assistance, essential services and quality of life enhancements during treatment to those in need.