October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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Breast Cancer Awareness and Early Detection

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Research shows that if Breast Cancer is caught in the localized stage, the 5 year survival rate is 100%.

Each October, we see pink ribbons, a multitude of fundraising efforts and unstoppable survivors speak out on Breast Cancer Awareness and the importance of early detection.

Each of us has a family member or friend who has battled this horrible cancer. Thankfully since 1989, the death rate of this disease has been on the decline due in part to early detection.

Research shows that if Breast Cancer is caught in the localized stage, the five year survival rate is 100%. That’s great news! However, it means that early detection must be a routine part of each woman's monthly health plan, regardless of age.

As a doctor who specializes in women’s health, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of creating a plan and sticking to it for each woman. Whether it is self-administered monthly exams, or having the courage to just make an appointment and ask the tough questions, taking the reigns is key.

One of the great things about Haskell Memorial’s recent investment in technology and facility updates is our Siemens CT Scan technology. Purchased in 2014, it is among the latest in low dose radiation medical technology and can provide our patients with images that detect cancer and other concerns early.

Dr. Ruth is board certified in Family Medicine and has a special interest in women’s health and general family care. She completed her residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX.