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Foundation reminds women to remain vigilant about breast health year-round

4:57 PM, Jun. 2, 2014  |  Comments
Angie Heuck
Angie Heuck
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Summer is a great time for family and friends to get together at reunions, barbecues or vacations. It's also a great time to remind each other of the importance of annual screenings such as mammograms. Saint Michael's Foundation is working with Ministry Breast Care Center to get more women to keep this vigil for breast health all year, not just during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the chances for a good outcome. Mammography, the best way to detect changes that are too small or too deep to feel with an exam, is key to this early diagnosis. By offering women the latest technology in mammography, financial assistance and education, Ministry Breast Care Center and Saint Michael's Foundation are leading the way to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened.

Technology

Fully trained and operational since May 2013, Ministry Breast Care Center in Stevens Point was one of the first in the area and currently the only to offer tomosynthesis 3D breast screening technology. New 3D mammography offers a better chance to diagnose breast cancer earlier, at more treatable stages.

Our medical staff believes breast tomosynthesis benefits all screening and diagnostic mammography patients and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer.

Financial assistance

Offered to those who qualify, the Angel Fund at Saint Michael's Foundation is here to serve our patients by providing prevention, detection and screening services for breast cancer. This fund ensures that every woman has the opportunity to obtain an annual breast cancer screening and early detection regardless of the ability to pay. The Angel Fund is supported by Saint Michael's Foundation. Additional support is provided by Central Wisconsin Radiologists, Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital and Ministry Medical Group.

Education

The Ministry Breast Care Center team is working with Saint Michael's Foundation to provide ongoing community outreach and education programs to help dispel the myths of the mammogram process. Saint Michael's Foundation helps to supply educational materials for the free seminars presented by the Ministry Breast Care Center team and Ministry Medical Group physicians.

Our next community presentation happens on June 16. Join Saint Michael's Foundation, Ministry Breast Care Center team, Ministry Medical Group physicians and other medical staff for a free seminar on breast health and the importance of screening mammograms using 3D technology at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital. The program starts at 6 p.m. and will offer tours of the mammography department and the tomosynthesis 3D Breast Screening Technology. For more information, call 855-642-2273.

Saint Michael's Foundation raises funds for programs and services like the Angel Fund that are geared to enhance the quality of health care services for patients and families served by Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital and Ministry Medical Group. This year, Saint Michael's Foundation celebrates 25 years of caring for the community. Every act of philanthropy begins with a vision for a brighter future. We invite you to be a part of what's next at Saint Michael's Foundation by visiting ministryhealth.org/SMH/Foundation.nws.

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