Tag Archives: Breast Cancer

When Should We Begin Having Mammograms?

The American Cancer Society has released new guidelines suggesting that women begin mammography at age 45 instead of the previous recommendation of 40. Dr. Kathryn Moore, gynecologist at Vista Women’s Healthcare, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, was a guest on WIS-TV with news anchor Judi Gatson to talk about it. She offered great insight and advice in the interview below.

Here are a few takeaways from Dr. Moore’s interview:

~The new guidelines suggest it will reduce false positives. However, new mammography technology reduces the number of false positives. Ultimately, the guidelines will likely go back to 40.

~Talk to your doctor each year about your family history and risk factors to determine when you should begin mammography.

~The age at which to begin mammography should be made on an individual basis.

~A baseline mammogram is important for every woman.

TV News Reporter’s Breast Cancer Story Highlights Importance of Early Detection

Every now and then, Lexington Medical Center has the opportunity to share the stories of our patients with our community. One of them is Mary Nguyen Bright, who is receiving treatment for breast cancer at our hospital. Mary has undergone chemotherapy, surgery and now radiation at Lexington Medical Cancer Center.

You may recognize her. For many years, she was a news reporter at WLTX, the CBS affiliate TV station in Columbia.

Doctors diagnosed Mary with breast cancer earlier this year, when she was just 40 years old.

She shared her story with her former WLTX colleague, news anchor Darci Strickland, at our hospital this month. During October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mary wants women to know the importance of early detection.

At Lexington Medical Center, we believe no one should face cancer alone. It’s our fight, too. And we want to provide our patients with exceptional care that results in the best possible outcomes.

Women’s Night Out 2015

More than 900 people attended Women’s Night Out this year to celebrate breast cancer survivors and their families. The event included physician exhibits, a silent auction, fashion show featuring clothes from Belk, dinner and a keynote address by Leeza Gibbons. Proceeds benefit the Crystal Smith Breast Cancer Fund at Lexington Medical Center, which helps breast cancer patients in need. Here are some of our favorite photos from Women’s Night Out.

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