Montgomery, AL- To recognize October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), Jackson Hospital and the Jackson Imaging Center, in cooperation with the American Cancer Society, will host a breast health seminar on Tuesday, October 27 from 5:30-6:30pm, presented by Robert Avery, MD. Dr. Avery will present information about the latest breast cancer screening techniques. Participants may also tour the Jackson Women’s Imaging Center and learn about the newest Gamma imaging offered there. Jackson has asked all employees to wear pink on this day to show their support for breast cancer awareness.
The Jackson Imaging Center recently purchased the The Dilon 6800® Gamma Camera, becoming one of only three locations in the state to offer this advanced technology. It is optimized to perform Breast Specific Gamma Imaging or BSGI for short. BSGI is a complimentary diagnostic tool to detect breast cancer by providing a vital diagnostic adjunct to mammography and ultrasound. The camera can also be used for general nuclear medicine applications in patients after they have had a questionable mammogram. By providing BSGI, Jackson will become a leading source for detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages, helping to expedite the treatment and recovery process.
The NBCAM program is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer through a nationwide campaign held in October. NBCAM started as a weeklong campaign in 1985 with 2 founding members. Today, the American Cancer Society is one of many national public service organizations, professional associations, and government agencies that form the NBCAM Board of Sponsors. During NBCAM, the member organizations of the Board of Sponsors join forces to spread the message that early detection of breast cancer followed by prompt treatment saves lives.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. An estimated 40,170 women are expected to die from the disease in 2009 alone. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.
If you're worried about developing breast cancer, or if you know someone who has been diagnosed with the disease, one way to deal with your concerns is to get as much information as possible. For more information, visit the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org.