With October marked as Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Berkeley Medical Center is offering discounted mammograms for to women age 35 and older.
Startling statistics show that one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s according to WVU Medicine. Shelley McClain, Supervisor of Mammography at Berkeley Medical Center is urging women to take a closer look at their health.
“We have doctors here that if you don’t have a doctor to send a report to, we have doctors here that those reports will go to,” said McClain.
She says the 3-D tomo digital mammography screenings provide a sharper image.
“3-D has actually kept a lot of people from having biopsies done and stuff like that because of the better image of their breast,” she said.
That’s why for October, WVU Cancer Institute will offer discounted mammograms at Berkeley and Jefferson Medical Center. Hospital staff say they do anywhere from 60 to 80 mammograms a month.
“If they feel like a lump in their breast or if they’re having inverted nipples or nipple discharge, then they should have it done,” said McClain.
The exam takes up to just three minutes, and can save lives.
“It’s really gotten better over the years, but people should come at least once a year and get it done just to make sure everything is stable,” she said.
Hospital officials say breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.