Breast Cancer, Breast Health, Cancer, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare, Womens Health

Breast self-exams crucial for those under 40 who aren’t ready for screening mammograms

Laura Chamberlin first noticed a lump in her breast when she was a graduate student living in Seattle, Washington. She mentioned it to her primary care doctor, who told her not to worry. “She said, ‘You’re young. You just have dense tissue,’” Laura recalled. After moving to Louisville a year later to work as an…

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Derby Divas honoree Kimberley Marek’s cancer spotted on a 3D mammogram

In 2017, Kimberley Marek received a call after her mammogram, letting her know that something had come back abnormal. It wasn’t the first time this had happened. Since she has dense breast tissue, she had experienced this call before, but the follow-up had always produced a normal result. Not this time. This time it was…

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Breast Cancer, Breast Health, Cancer, COVID Vaccine, COVID19, Womens Health

Swollen lymph nodes are a normal and harmless COVID-19 vaccine side effect

Swollen lymph nodes and the COVID-19 vaccine have been an issue for many, but the harmless side effect is causing alarm as some mistake the temporary underarm lump for a tumor. Swollen lymph nodes are a normal vaccine side effect, as the body produces antibodies against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Lymph nodes are a…

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Breast Cancer, Breast Health, Cancer

Is it just a rash or inflammatory breast cancer?

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is form of breast cancer that often can be mistaken for a rash, allergic reaction or minor infection. Although it is aggressive and fast-growing, it is rare, accounting for 1% to 5% of all breast cancers. Symptoms of IBC Because the signs of IBC mimic those of an injury, skin rash…

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Don’t let COVID-19 get in the way of your mammogram

Now, more than ever, is a time to take control of your health. With October marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month, take the time to schedule your annual mammogram. Increased steps to prevent infection at seven locations and two mobile units — as well as online scheduling, extended hours and quick turnaround for results — mean…

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Breast Health, Prevention and Wellness, Womens Health

Norton Healthcare adds second mobile health screening center

A new Norton Healthcare Mobile Prevention Center gives the hospital and health care system two mobile centers for health screenings, allowing providers to visit more patients closer to home and catch more conditions before they become more difficult to treat. “Our Norton Healthcare Mobile Prevention Centers allow us to meet patients where they are, oftentimes…

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Breast Cancer, Breast Health, Cancer, Womens Health

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month — remember to schedule your mammogram

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual reminder to do a self-check for signs and symptoms, schedule a mammogram and keep in mind those who are fighting breast cancer or have lost their lives to the disease. Schedule Your Mammogram Today Book your appointment online at NortonHealthcare.com/Mammogram Choose from five fixed locations: Norton Audubon…

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Breast Cancer, Breast Health, Cancer

Cokie Roberts’ 17-year breast cancer survival points to medical advances

When television journalist Cokie Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, she had reason to be optimistic. The 15-year survival rate for breast cancer patients was about 70%, meaning the odds were with her, then 58, living well into her 70s. Cokie died at age 75 of complications from breast cancer, ABC News announced…

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Dense breasts: What they mean for you and your mammogram choices

Breasts are pretty complicated. Large or small, they all are made up of lobules, ducts, fatty tissue and fibrous connective tissue. And some are denser than others, meaning they have more fibrous tissue and less fatty tissue. “Breast density is very common and not abnormal,” said Michele Myers, diagnostic imaging manager at Norton Women’s &…

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3D mammograms can mean fewer unnecessary callbacks and less anxiety

Dense breast tissue can make it hard to find cancers on mammograms because dense tissue and cancers both look white on a mammogram. By comparison, fatty tissue looks dark. In Kentucky, physicians are required to tell women if they have dense breast tissue. Whether a woman needs to consider additional screening options depends on her…

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Q&A with breast health patient navigator Missy Ulfe

Missy Ulfe, R.N., is a breast health patient navigator with Norton Cancer Institute. The breast health patient navigator program is staffed by nurses who are available to help ease stress and offer emotional support for the entire family. Missy discusses her work with breast cancer patients and what motivates her each day. What is a…

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Breast Cancer, Breast Health, Cancer, Womens Health

It’s not too late to get your mammogram!

Getting an annual screening mammogram is not exactly something most women look forward to. Do you know anyone who actually celebrates it? There’s a good reason you shouldn’t put it off: Breast cancer affects one in eight women every year, including millennials. Many insurance companies and employee health plans allow a screening mammogram every year. If you’re…

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