Margaretville Hospital urges women to schedule annual breast screenings
Margaretville – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the staff at Margaretville Hospital is encouraging all women to have breast cancer screenings. It is estimated that 182,460 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed each year in women and 1,990 new cases in men. The estimated number of deaths in women annually is 40,480 and 450 for men.
For women, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death, trailing only lung cancer. The positive news is that although the number of breast cancer cases is increasing, the number of deaths from breast cancer is declining. The survival trend is the result of more women taking advantage of screening tools such as self-breast exams and yearly mammograms. This results in early detection of breast cancer, earlier treatments and higher survival rates.
The American Cancer Society recommends the following steps for early detection:
• Perform self-breast examinations once a month (beginning in your early 20s)
• Have a clinical breast examination by a physician annually (beginning in your late 20s).
• Have an annual screening mammogram (beginning at age 40).
Margaretville Hospital recognizes the importance of women’s health. As part of its mission, the hospital participates in the Healthy Living Partnership for Ulster County and The Cancer Screening Program for Delaware County. These organizations provide free mammograms and PAP smears for those who are under-insured or not insured at all.
Women’s Imaging at Margaretville Hospital provides mammograms, as well as educational materials.
The public is welcome to contact the radiology staff at 586-2631, ext. 3245 to have questions answered or to schedule a mammogram.
“We look forward to meeting community members and providing information on the services we provide,” explained Karen Williams, the hospital’s lead technologist/mammographer. “It’s important to remember: ‘Mammograms….a few minutes for a lifetime.’”
Margaretville Hospital is a 15-bed acute care facility. The health care campus also includes Mountainside Residential Care Center, an 82-bed long-term care home.