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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - Breast Cancer Topic of Taking Care of Me Program

Panel to discuss local resources for detection, treatment and care

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, October 11, 2011 – Yampa Valley Medical Center will host a free Taking Care of Me community health program on October 18 at 6 p.m. “A Local View: Breast Health in the Yampa Valley” will feature three local healthcare experts on breast health.

Malaika Thompson, MD, YVMC’s lead interpreting radiologist for mammography, Jan Fritz, RN, OCN, YVMC’s cancer care services director and Mark Hermacinski, MD, FACS, board-certified general surgeon, will speak on detection, treatment, care and navigation options for breast health.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we see this program as an opportunity to share our combined expertise with Yampa Valley residents to help them understand all the resources that are here,” Thompson said.  

YVMC is an FDA-certified mammography facility and the digital mammography services were recently reaccredited by the American College of Radiology.

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death for women. In 2011, according to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 39,520 breast cancer deaths.  

Most women diagnosed with breast cancer have no known factors except being a women and getting older. Early detection and treatment increase a women’s chance of surviving breast cancer.

The event will be in the YVMC conference rooms.