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Interview with Tara Baney About Breast Cancer Awareness

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Dave Kurten:  The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mt. Nittany Medical Center – “Mt. Nittany Life Forward”.  Our guest today Tara Baney, RN Oncology Clinical Nurse and specialist at Mt. Nittany Medical Center; thanks for joining us today.

Tara Baney:  Thanks for having me.

Dave Kurten:  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month; let’s talk a little bit about that and mammograms.  Why are mammograms important?

Tara Baney:  They’re important for women to obtain, due to the fact that they will help detect cancers and if they’re done on a routine basis they will detect cancers at an early stage. 

Dave Kurten:  And what types of mammograms are best?

Tara Baney:  Well, there’s different types of mammograms, there are screening mammograms and diagnostic.  The screening mammogram is what a woman goes in for and is just the routine mammogram.  If something’s found on that screening mammogram or if somebody has a lump that they can feel, they will do a diagnostic mammogram which is a little bit more complex and has some different views that they’ll be able to do. 

Dave Kurten:  Now why do women need mammograms, if they don’t have a family history of breast cancer?

Tara Baney:  Actually 70 to 80% of women, who are diagnosed with breast cancer, do not have a family history or genetic pre-disposition.  So, all women are at risk of developing breast cancer. 

Dave Kurten:  Do women still need to perform breast self exams if they are getting mammograms regularly?

Tara Baney:  The American Cancer Society, at this point, it’s not part of their screening recommendations.  If a women is doing breast exams, I would continue to do them just because that person’s familiar with their breast tissue and may find a lump; but it’s not an actual recommendation and it actually could cause some more anxiety in women, so it’s really a personal decision that you should talk to your physician or healthcare provider about.

Dave Kurten:  What should women do if they do find a lump?

Tara Baney:  They need to call their physician or healthcare provider and at that time, most likely, a clinical breast exam will be done and a mammogram will be ordered at that time. 

Dave Kurten:  A lump doesn’t always mean breast cancer?

Tara Baney:  No, it doesn’t.  Actually a lot of the lumps that are found turn out to be non-cancerous.  So that’s why it’s important to go and have it check out. 

Dave Kurten:  Where can women go to learn more about mammograms?

Tara Baney:  They can either go onto the Mt. Nittany website, which is mtnittany.org, or cancer.org is The American Cancer Society website, or people could always call me at (814) 231-7005 and I can answer any questions they may have.

Dave Kurten:  Tara Baney, from Mt. Nittany Medical Center, has been our guest for this edition of the Medical Minute.  Thanks for joining us today.

Tara Baney:  Thank you for having me.

Dave Kurten:  3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mt. Nittany Medical Center – “Mt. Nittany Life Forward.”

 

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