Breast health a yearlong concern

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but the providers at Divine Savior Healthcare are passionate about breast health all year long. “We highly recommend getting a mammogram annually if you are a woman over the age of forty,” Dr. Joshua Pogorelec said, “and we recommend talking with your physician about starting them even sooner if you have a strong family history of breast cancer.”

Dr. Eric Anderson added, “Early detection really is the best protection. We are very committed to reducing the anxiety associated with breast exams at Divine Savior and want you to feel comfortable coming to see us regularly.”

To help combat that anxiety, Divine Savior offers 3-D mammography, which offers earlier detection and better imaging results, meaning fewer callback exams and improved outcomes for women with all types of breast tissue. 3-D mammography reduces the risk of callback exams by 40 percent and can find 20 -65 percent more invasive cancers than standard 2-D mammography.

“Dr. Anderson and I both have a special interest in women’s health,” Pogorelec said. “We do all that we can to accurately describe procedures, minimize pain, and provide comfort for all breast health treatments.”

In addition to advanced technology, Divine Savior provides MammoPads to make breast compression less painful, softer, and more comfortable during medical imaging procedures, and offers comfortable suites for breast care patients offering snacks, reading materials and privacy.

“We really want women to feel confident about breast health because we know so many people love and depend on them,” Anderson said. “If your scan reveals any abnormalities, our team will do everything possible to educate you about next steps to help you choose the best path forward.”

Dr. Pogorelec concluded, “Even if you’re not due for a mammogram, come see us immediately if you detect a palpable mass during your regular self-breast checks, are experiencing nipple retraction or discharge, or inflammation with or without tenderness.”
Divine Savior strives to keep care local and convenient and has contracts with all major insurance providers. Its team of professionals helps patients understand their coverage and handles authorizations.

Divine Savior will commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a Pink Out day on Thursday, Oct. 18. It will feature a pink themed lunch and rock painting. Complimentary pink breast cancer ribbon pins are available at all Divine Savior main entrances and can be worn throughout the month of October.

All are encouraged to contribute to The Cancer Fund at Divine Savior, which is dedicated to impacting cancer treatment, detection, prevention, awareness and education in Portage and surrounding communities. For information, contact Haley Gilman at (608)745-5165 or hgilman@dshealthcare.com.

To schedule a mammogram, call 608-745-6295.

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