OSWEGO, NY – The physicians and staff of Oswego Health will take part in activities throughout October that promote national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Perhaps the most important action community members can take is to encourage the women they know to have a mammogram.
Oswego Health Radiology Chief David Wang, MD, recommends that women undergo a yearly mammogram beginning at age 40.
“I support the American Cancer guidelines that recommend an annual mammogram for women over the age of 40,” Dr. Wang said. “With today’s technology, a mammogram radiation dose is at a very low level and I think the risk to benefit fact is still in favor of an annual screening.”
“A digital mammogram is one of the most important tools physicians have to diagnose breast cancer,” Dr. Wang said. “Early breast cancer detection through mammography likely results in improved outcomes. I also encourage women to have a clinical breast exam yearly by their healthcare provider.”
In addition to offering digital mammogram services, Oswego Hospital can perform breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging, adding one more diagnostic tool in the fight against breast cancer.
A breast MRI is one of the latest technologies available to assist in the detection of breast cancer.
This new technology allows radiologists to see abnormalities that sometimes cannot be seen on either a mammogram or ultrasound.
Specialized software assists radiologists with the interpretation of the approximately 1,200 images created during a single study.
The breast MRI takes about 20 minutes and entails the use of an intravenous contrast.
A physician referral is required.
Digital mammography appointments can be made in several convenient locations throughout Oswego County, including the Oswego Health Services Center, the Central Square and Fulton medical centers and at the Pulaski Health Center.
To make a mammography screening appointment in either Oswego or Pulaski, call 349-5540.
For appointments in Fulton and Central Square, call 592-3555.
To make an appointment for a breast MRI, please call 1-800-634-2468.
For residents seeking a breast cancer support group, the caring and sharing breast cancer support group meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p. m. in the conference room of the Fulton Medical Center.
For more information on the support group, please call the Oswego Health Community Health Services Department at 349-5513.
To show the health system’s support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Oswego Hospital’s entrance lights will be pink throughout the month of October.