Sep 12 2014

In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mercer Health is offering free Clinical Breast Exam Screenings.  The screenings are available on Wednesday, October 28 from 8 – 11 a.m. and 5 – 7 p.m. at Mercer Health’s Community Medical Center, 950 South Main Street, Celina. Persons interested in receiving the free clinical breast exam must call (419)586-1220 to make an appointment.

Sara Bruening, Director of Radiology at Mercer Health, shares, “ During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we offer free clinical breast evaluations.  If the physician or provider performing the evaluation feels it is necessary, a mammogram will be ordered for the patient.  We provide a full scope of breast services at Mercer Health, so if further evaluation is needed after a mammogram, a diagnostic exam, ultrasound of the breast, or MRI of the breast are options that we can perform here.  We are also able to perform ultrasound guided breast biopsies and stereotactic breast biopsies.  These are minimally-invasive procedures leaving little or no scarring in which multiple tissue samples are collected during one needle insertion.  These procedures are some of the most advanced technologies available to aid in the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.”

Bruening continues, “Early breast cancer detection is critical for the best prognosis which is why we feel it is important to provide the full scope of breast screening services.”

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), a clinical breast exam should be a part of a periodic health exam – about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women age 40 and older. In addition, yearly mammograms should begin at age 40 and continue as long as a woman is in good health.  In addition to searching for early signs of breast cancer through mammograms and clinical breast exams, the ACS states that women can stay well and reduce their breast cancer risk by making healthy lifestyle choices such as staying at a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and limiting their alcohol intake.

A display with educational materials has been set up in the Outpatient Lobby of Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. This display includes information about breast health as well as other cancer prevention techniques.