Editors note; This story ran in the Thursday, May 28 edition of the Stevens Point Journal. A big thank you to Stephanie Saris for sharing her story. Click here to read the story
One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, but when the disease is diagnosed early, the five year survival rate is 98%. Ministry Health Care will introduce 3D mammogram technology at their Plover location at a free open house event on Wednesday, June 10, 5:30 – 7pm, at 2401 Plover Road, Plover.
The open house will feature tours of the new 3D tomosynthesis technology, information tables, refreshments and a take home gift. Staff will available to answer questions and schedule mammograms.
Research has found that 3D mammography increased breast cancer detection rates by more than 40 percent. And at the same time, there was a 15 percent decline in the number of women who had to return for more tests because of a suspicious analog or 2D mammogram finding.
The Breast Care Center at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital was the first in the area to have this advanced technology and continues to lead the way. Ministry Medical Group, Plover is the second location in the area to offer 3D mammogram technology. By offering women the latest technology in mammography, Ministry Medical Group and Ministry Breast Care Center, Stevens Point hope to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened.
Ministry Health Care reminds patients that due to the fact that this technology is so new some charges may not be covered by insurance. It is important for patients to verify coverage with their insurance company. Patients with clinical questions about 3D mammography or differences between 2D and 3D are encouraged to talk to their clinician.
The Angel Fund at Saint Michael’s Foundation serves patients in our community who are without insurance or are under-insured by providing prevention, detection and screening services for breast cancer. Call 715.342.7733 to find out if you qualify for the Angel Fund or other programs offer at the Ministry Breast Care Center at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital.
January 14 – Sweet Adelines Center Point Chorus presented Saint Michael’s Foundation a $106 gift from their October Capella Event for the Breast Care Center Fund. In addition to their cash donation, they presented the Breast Navigators with embroidery of a breast cancer ribbon made by Shirlee Shaw.
Learn more about Saint Michael’s Foundation and the programs and services available at http://ministryhealth.org/SMH/SaintMichaelsFoundation.nws
UW-Stevens Point Men’s Hockey Team, Ministry Health Care and Saint Michael’s Foundation will celebrate six years of “Putting a Check to Cancer,” when the Pointers take the ice against Bethel on January 31 at K.B. Willett Arena. Proceeds benefit the Breast Care Center Fund at Saint Michael’s Foundation.
In its first five years, Put a Check to Cancer has raised more than $20,000 to assist local cancer patients thanks to the support of Pointer hockey fans to the Saint Michael’s Foundation. Again this year fans have the ability to bid on the jerseys in advance of the event via an online auction. View the special edition Jerseys or make a bid at www.biddingowl.com/PointersHockey
UW-Stevens Point women’s basketball team, PLAY 4 KAY game, February 7
For the past several years Saint Michael’s Foundation has been thankful for the UW-Stevens Point women’s basketball team for gifting proceeds to the Project Embrace Fund at their annual Play4Kay game. Taking place this year on February 7 at 3 pm, UWSP Berg Gym. Show your support and wear your favorite shade of pink and get tickets for just $2. Proceeds will benefit the Project Embrace Fund at Saint Michael’s Foundation. Wear pink and your Ministry or Marshfield Clinic ID badge at the door and get in FREE. Ministry associates only please.
The Project Embrace Fund at Saint Michael’s Foundation supports oncology patients being served at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital. Last year, Saint Michael’s Foundation was gifted over $5,000 from game proceeds and other fundraising events.
Get tickets for the SentryWorld Golf Raffle. ONLY 10 LEFT! Only 40 tickets sold. Winning ticket receives $400 towards golf at the NEW SentryWorld golf course and $50 at PJs. Contact the Foundation for more information or to buy your ticket, $25 per ticket.
Can’t attend but still want to support? Play4Kay game t-shirts are available for purchase at the Saint Michael’s Foundation office at 715.343.3259.
A mammogram should not be painful, but it will be uncomfortable for some women depending on your breast tissue type. Some exams may be more uncomfortable for some and for others it does not bother them at all.
A mammogram exam in its entirety will typically only take 10-15 minutes for a routine screening exam. This consists of the technologist taking the standard four view routine; this consists of two different projections of each breast. Compression only lasts as long as the exposure is being made; once exposure is done the compression paddle automatically releases you out of compression.
Remember that if your breasts are tender during the time of your mammogram it may typically be a little more uncomfortable for you, so when scheduling your mammogram please remember to schedule your appointment when your breasts are the least tender.
To prepare for a mammogram you should:
- Try to schedule your mammogram at a time when your breasts are least tender or 10 days after the onset of your menstrual cycle.
- Do not wear deodorant, powder, or cream in your underarms or underneath your breasts as these products can interfere with testing.
- Be prepared to change from the waist up off. Try not to wear a dress to your mammography exam.
Remember that you are doing something important for your health. A mammogram can detect a growth in your breast before you do. The earlier an abnormality is spotted, the better it is for you!
The American Cancer Society recommends that a woman has her baseline mammogram between the ages of 35-40. Women over the age of 40 should have a mammogram annually. A mammogram is an x-ray exam of the breasts, which is used in detection and diagnosis of breast disease. Mammography is the most effective method of detecting breast cancer, but there are other methods including self breast exams and clinical breast exams, which are done by your provider. Mammography is able to detect cancer at its earliest stages.
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women; with the use of mammography we can find cancer at its earliest stages before it spreads. A mammogram can detect a growth in your breast before you do. The earlier an abnormality is spotted the better it is for you.
Learn more at ministryhealth.org/breastcare