Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s Comprehensive Breast Center was proud to host its 2nd ‘Stronger TogetHER’ event on Tuesday, October 23rd. The evening featured entertainment and education, with an expert panel of MMC physicians sharing the latest recommendations for breast health. Guests were welcomed into a comfortable environment where they could directly engage with physicians and staff, even tour the mammography units.
MMC’s Comprehensive Breast Center is comprised of MMC’s Radiology, General Surgery and Plastic Surgery departments. The expert panel included 5 of the 9 physicians who make up the Comprehensive Breast Center department: Jimmy Carter, M.D. (General Surgery), Heather Dunlap, D.O. (General Surgery), Andrew Fong, M.D. (Radiology), Brad Medling, M.D. (Plastic Surgery), and Lisa White, M.D. (Breast Surgery). Rachel Holder, local real estate agent and previous segment host for Nashville’s NBC television station, emceed the evening for the second year, gracefully facilitating conversation between physicians and guests.
Two MMC patients shared their testimony about how a breast cancer diagnosis changed their lives and what role MMC physicians and staff played. Laura, an MMC patient, encouraged women to get a yearly mammogram, “because early detection is truly the best; mammograms aren’t fun, but I do believe in early detection.” Laura continued to say, “I have kids, grandchildren, a new granddaughter - only 6 months old, and I want to be here for their future.”
MMC Surgeons have seen a higher volume of younger women being diagnosed with breast cancer. While the cause is not known, one contributing factor is the improved screening and diagnostics tools used. MMC Radiology is proud to offer Genius 3D Mammography. ‘This technology delivers a series of detailed breast images, allowing doctors to better evaluate the breast layer by layer, and over 200 clinical studies support the benefits of this technology,’ according to Genius 3D mammography. ‘Greater accuracy means better breast cancer detection and a reduced chance of being called back for additional screenings.’
When asked how many patients with cancer our surgeons treat, Dr. Carter shared that many abnormal mammograms they see aren’t cancer and most masses in the breast are found to be benign. Again, this is attributed to better imaging and the ability to see dense breast tissue more clearly.
This is why educational events like ‘Stronger TogetHER’ are important. Being proactive in breast health education and scheduling regular mammograms is the key to early detection.