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Atrium Medical Center Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Middletown, Ohio, October 17, 2008 – During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, experts at The Wilbur and Mary Jean Cohen Women’s Center at Atrium Medical Center recognize that early detection continues to be the key to surviving breast cancer.

“One of the earliest signs of breast cancer can be an abnormality that shows up on a mammogram before it can be felt,” explains Hugh Hawkins, MD, medical director of the Women’s Center at Atrium Medical Center.  “It’s vitally important for women 40 and older to have mammograms and clinical breast exams, because early detection is our best defense against breast cancer.”

The American Cancer Society recommends the following for women with an average breast cancer risk:

  • Breast self-exam monthly starting at age 20
  • Breast clinical exam every three years for ages 20-39, then every year starting at 40
  • Mammogram annually starting at age 40

Conveniently located at Atrium Medical Center, the Women’s Center offers full-field digital mammography and leading-edge diagnostic procedures, including:

  • Stereotactic and ultrasound guided breast biopsy
  • Breast MRI and MRI-guided biopsy
  • ImageChecker computer-aided analysis of every mammogram

“We offer the region’s most sophisticated and comprehensive array of technologies for the early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer right here at Atrium,” adds Dr. Hawkins.

Designed for the busy woman in mind, the Women’s Center also offers the option to schedule a mammogram and other needed appointments—gynecological care (including Pap tests), DEXA bone density screenings and free health risk assessments—on the same day.

To schedule an appointment at The Women’s Center, please call (513) 420-5222.