Preventative Mammograms in Elizabethtown, KY
The Importance of Mammograms Healthtalks Transcript:
Donald Goodin, MD, Hematology & Oncology
Baptist Health Hardin
Ellen Hendley, Brandenburg, Kentucky
Donald Goodin, MD: Breast cancer is very curable if caught at an early stage. Actually [it’s] one of the most curable cancers [at] more than 90% for early-stage breast cancer. Less so for late-stage breast cancer, so [it’s] very important to catch it at an early stage. Family history increases the risk of breast cancer. Sometimes we do more intensive screening for women who have a higher risk of breast cancer [or] those who have hereditary mutations that predispose them to breast cancer.
Ellen Hendley: Due to me having a family history of breast cancer, I've been doing my mammograms since I was 40. Every year, I make sure I get my routine mammogram done. Monthly, I've always done a self-exam. Then when I turned 44, I did get the abnormal mammogram.
Donald Goodin, MD: Ellen's case is what we're hoping for with a screening mammogram. She did not have any concerns for her breast. She went in for her routine, screening mammogram, and a lesion was found on the screening. Luckily, [it was] very early-stage cancer, and that's what we hope to find. This is very curable, very treatable. The sooner we get you in and get you going, the better.
The importance of having a comprehensive cancer care center in Hardin County is that people can have their treatment at home. We offer all the surgical techniques, radiation, chemotherapy, and so forth. It's always easier to be in your own community where you have your family support. You've got your social support systems, you don't have to travel, and it's always nicer to be able to get treatment at home as opposed to having to go somewhere else.