Local doctor speaks on National Breast Cancer Awareness month

(MGN Online)

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

According to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, breast cancer accounts for one-third of all cancers diagnosed in Missouri, and is the leading cause of deaths in women after lung cancer.

Nearly all breast cancer diagnoses can be treated successfully if detected early.

When breast cancer is detected in the earlier stages, the cure rate is 97 percent.

Jonas Singer, MD, Director of Radiology at Northeast Regional Medical Center, told KTVO about the common mammography results seen.

"The common mammography results are that there are benign findings only," Singer said. "1 in 10 women on average require further evaluation, it does not mean they have cancer, it just means that we have to have a better look at a particular area. Of those 1 in 10, we will need to go into biopsy on average. It should be brought into mind that the fact that we have requested a patient to come back for additional evaluation does not mean that it is cancer. 90 percent of the time it means that it's just a confirmation that what we are looking at is benign."

Dr. Singer told KTVO that if there is no family history and no genetic predisposition, then the current recommendations state that a woman should be screened from the age of 40 every year.

Northeast Regional Medical Center will offer extended hours for mammograms from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on October 11, 18 and 25th.

Please call 660-785-1270 to schedule an appointment.

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