Breast Cancer Screenings – Preemptive Medicine At Its Best

Gallatin, TN Imaging at Sumner Station - Women's Imaging Services and MammogramsDid you know that cancer screenings help discover cancer before there are any signs or symptoms?  Breast cancer screenings in the Gallatin, Tennessee at Imaging for Women at Sumner Station accomplish just that.

There are three main tests that screen for breast cancer.

  • Mammogram – an X-ray of the breasts are the best means of detecting breast cancer early while it’s still easy to treat.  A mammogram can detect cancer before it’s grown enough to feel in a clinical or self-breast exam, and before symptoms are revealed.
  • Clinical Breast Exam – this hands-on exam is conducted by your doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional, and checks for lumps or changes in the breasts.  Both underarms are examined as well, to check for enlarged lymph nodes.
  • Breast Self Exam – checking your own breasts and both underarms for any changes or lumps.  If you notice anything different during these monthly self-exams, contact your physician right away.

The earlier breast cancer is discovered, the better the chances that treatment will be successful.  A screening mammogram looks for breast disease in women who don’t have breast health problems.  A diagnostic mammogram further examines an abnormal result during a screening.  Mammograms use very little radiation, and greatly lower the risk of complications from breast cancer.

Discuss these cancer screenings with your doctor, decide which are right for you and when you should have them.  This is a general guideline for testing:

  • Breast Self Exam – start at age 20
  • Mammogram – first one at 40 years of age, and every year after as long as you maintain good health
  • Clinical Breast Exam – every year after age 40

Remember that the goal of screenings is to find cancer before it has a chance to cause symptoms.  Schedule and follow through with your screenings, and encourage those you love to do the same.  Screenings save lives. That is a fact.

Imaging for Women at Sumner Station in Gallatin, TN provides comprehensive cancer screenings and mammograms close to home.  For cancer-related information, education and support call 615-328-3360.

The Bountiful Benefits of Breastfeeding

Sumner Regional Medical Center - Breastfeeding and Birthing Classes Available in TennesseeAugust is National Breastfeeding Month, and Sumner Regional Medical Center joins in celebrating the amazing benefits of mother’s milk.  Everything your baby needs for nutrition in the first six months of life is supplied by this miracle fluid.

Marian Thompson, one of the founders of La Leche League, stated that the variety of health benefits from breastfeeding favorably affect both mother and newborn.  This statement has been proven by personal experience for thousands of years, and through many studies during the past 200 years.  These findings are both fascinating and well-founded.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby

  • Baby receives the perfect balance of vitamins, protein and fat in easily digested nutrients for growth and development
  • Baby’s immune system is strengthened by the antibodies present in Mother’s breast milk
  • When breastfed for at least the first six months of life, Baby suffers fewer infections and allergies
  • Childhood issues such as diabetes and obesity are less likely to develop
  • Breast milk is even shown to improve brain development

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mother

  • Quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight
  • Reduction of risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and stroke
  • Lowers risk of breast and ovarian cancers
  • May lower risk of osteoporosis
  • Alleviates stress
  • Time and cost savings – no preparing of bottles; no purchasing of formula: gives time to feed Baby, and bond together

Breastfeeding is special for so many reasons.  The physical closeness results in a treasured bond between Mother and Baby.  Offering nutrition only Mother can provide results in skin-to-skin contact and lots of loving eye contact.  The health and relational benefits to both Mother and Baby can last for a lifetime.

Sumner Regional Medical Center provides a Breastfeeding Basics Class on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 9 PM.  These free, beneficial classes are recommended for mothers-to-be during the 6th – 8th months of pregnancy.  Spouses and support friends or family members are welcome.

Special Delivery 101, a Prepared Childbirth Class, is offered on the first four consecutive Mondays every month.  From 6:30 to 9 PM, these free classes extend information regarding pregnancy, labor, delivery and newborn care.  Spouses, support friends and family members are welcome.  Attendance is recommended during the 7th or 8th month of pregnancy.

For more information about our breastfeeding and childbirth classes, including schedules or to register, call 615-328-4123. SRMC stands ready to support mothers in their decision to breastfeed their babies.  We’ll face your challenges with you in those first few weeks and help you succeed at giving your baby – and yourself – the bountiful benefits of breastfeeding.

Women’s Health Month

Sumner Regional - Women's Health ServicesWomen’s Health Month was created to promote awareness and prevention as a vital weapon in the battle of women’s health. At Sumner Regional Medical Center, we believe that screening tests are the first defense in that battle. Regular screenings for various health conditions are important because problems discovered in their earliest stages are easiest to overcome.

Go Red for Women
Flaunt your colors by going red for women—and fighting heart disease. The key to preventing cardiovascular disease is managing the risk factors that include high blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. Screening tests are the best way to determine your risk factors. Your health care provider often conducts these screenings during your regular visits. Test results that reveal risk factors serve as a warning—it’s time to implement lifestyle changes that minimize those risks. The screenings offer you and your physician an opportunity to apply appropriate treatment before the disease develops. Influencing your health issues before disease is a reality is the positive direction you want to take.

Put on Purple
May is Lupus Awareness Month, and ninety percent of the individuals affected by lupus are women. Lupus is an immune system disease that causes damage and destruction to healthy tissue in various parts of the body. Lupus is a disease that is difficult to diagnose because it has symptoms that imitate many other illnesses. These symptoms come and go, are often masked and can vary over time. Screening tests are invaluable in diagnosing lupus. The symptoms include extreme fatigue, painful, swollen joints, anemia, edema, a “butterfly” face rash or sensitivity to sunlight, among others.  Listen to your body, and if you consider that you may be affected by lupus, discuss the need for tests with your doctor.

Mother-to-be Screenings
The favorite screening test for Mothers-to-be is the ultrasound (or sonogram), where you see images of your growing, unborn baby. You finally get to learn if you’re having a daughter or son, and whether to paint the nursery pink or blue. Screening tests for the mother-to-be can also protect you and your baby from serious complications that may arise during pregnancy.  Your doctor will suggest tests that apply to your personal needs.

Sumner Women’s Associates is making a difference in women’s lives by caring for the medical and surgical needs of women and the management of complex gynecological problems. Contact us at 615-328-3390 to schedule screening tests or other medical needs. Flaunt your colors—red, purple, pink or blue, and help Sumner Women’s Associates celebrate Women’s Health Month!

Do You Need a Mammogram?

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Do women really need mammograms? We might all concur that women with a family history of breast cancer should have annual mammograms because of their higher risk associated with that history. And we would agree that women who have found a lump during their breast self-exam, or have other alarming symptoms need breast cancer screening.

But what about the rest of us?  Do we need to set and keep annual mammogram appointments?  Let’s look at some information to decide.

Mammograms are able to reveal breast tumors up to two years before those lumps are of the size where you or your physician can feel them. For women aged 40 to 70, the number of deaths from breast cancer has reduced significantly due to the use of mammograms. With the stated goal of mammograms being early detection of breast cancer, so that treatment may be started before the disease has a chance to spread, wouldn’t you agree that mammograms are of distinct value in women’s health care?

Mammograms require very small doses of radiation.  The risk of harm from this exposure is extremely low, and the benefits almost always outweigh any potential risks.  Let your health care provider and X-ray technician know if there is any possibility that you are pregnant, as any amount of radiation may harm your unborn baby.

Currently mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer when no symptoms or signs exist. The National Cancer Institute recommends that women age 40 and older should have these breast cancer screenings every one to two years. Women at higher risk should discuss with their doctor about whether to have mammograms before the age of 40 and how often to have them.  Mammograms are the most effective way to detect breast cancer early, take only a few seconds to perform, and can help save your life.  Women really do need mammograms. Speak with your doctor about scheduling this important procedure for yourself today.

Sumner Regional is offering $75 Mammogram Screenings for the month of October!

For more information, visit us at www.mysumnermedical.com.

Sumner Regional Medical Center
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Gallatin, Tennessee 37066
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