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Breast Cancer Awareness & Early Detection: The Sooner, The Better

When it comes to breast cancer, Harbin Clinic physicians are passionate advocates for preventative care and annual screenings. Early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer are crucial for prompt treatment and more positive outcomes. One of the most accurate ways to detect the disease in its earliest stages is to get a mammogram.

Regardless of family history or level of risk factor, early mammograms are recommended for women over the age of 40 and can be performed at Harbin Clinic Imaging Cartersville and the Atrium Health Floyd Breast Center in Rome. When getting a mammogram at Harbin Clinic, patients have the option to receive a 3D mammogram, which offers the clearest images possible while prioritizing patient comfort.

Harbin Clinic’s investment in a state-of-the-art 3D mammography system gives physicians advanced diagnostic accuracy across all breasts types. This comprehensive technology provides high-resolution, three-dimensional pictures of the breasts and crystal-clear images of breast tissue from multiple angles. 3D mammograms make it easier for physicians to detect masses and tumors, affording them more time and resources to develop personalized and extensive treatments plans for their patients.

“We’re all big supporters of preventative care and early detection here at Harbin Clinic,” says Kim Raulerson, a breast cancer survivor and mammography tech at Harbin Clinic Imaging Cartersville. “Our mammography equipment improves the image quality so we can catch the disease earlier, which really increases the chances of recovery.”

The equipment is also designed to help reduce anxiety, provide more comfort and improve the overall mammography experience for patients. 

“We strongly encourage yearly mammograms,” says general surgeon Dr. Gregory McDonald from Harbin Clinic General Surgery Cartersville. “Detecting breast cancer early on lets us begin developing a treatment plan straightaway by collaborating with other physicians and specialties to provide patients with a successful recovery plan.”

Certain breast cancer risk factors, such as family history, cannot be changed, but there are lifestyle choices you can make to reduce your risk and minimize the chances of receiving a diagnosis.

 At Harbin Clinic, our medical experts recommend the following:

–      Limit alcohol consumption.

–      Avoid smoking.

–      Maintain a healthy weight.

–      Be physically active.

–      Conduct regular breast exams at home.

–      Understand your family history.

–      Schedule an annual mammogram if you’re over the age of 40 or if your doctor advises that you should get them earlier.

To schedule a mammogram or to learn more about the collaborative services provided by the medical professionals at Harbin Clinic, talk with a primary care doctor or visit Harbin Clinic Imaging Cartersville.

Published September 30, 2022

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