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October 9, 2013

DMC opens mammography center on Telegraph

By Robin Ruehlen
C & G Staff Writer

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Zaneta Moser had always been the picture of health — rarely even catching a cold. The diagnosis of breast cancer two years ago came as an unwelcome surprise.

“I’d never even had surgery before,” the Wixom resident recalled.

“I’m a pretty strong person, but when you are facing those circumstances, it’s difficult.”

The Wixom resident immediately underwent treatment and surgery at the Sinai Center for Women at the Detroit Medical Center’s Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, where she returns every six months for follow-up care.

“My doctors were calling me every day just to say, ‘Hey, you’re going to be great — you’re going to pass this test with flying colors.’ And it’s a fearful thing. Even if you haven’t been diagnosed, breast cancer is a fearful thing.”

In conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Detroit Medical Center has announced the opening of the Bloomfield Hills Mammography Center at the North Pointe Office Building, 2525 Telegraph Road. The center offers full-field digital mammography read by DMC radiologists.

Dr. Kimberly Hart, clinical chief of radiation oncology at Huron Valley-Sinai, said both the mammography center and the hospital have a multidisciplinary approach to treating breast cancer.

“A radiation oncologist, surgeon and medical oncologist all create a plan for the patient, and we also have a certified breast navigator who is involved from the moment a result is abnormal to help answer questions and steer the patient through the process,” she said.

“The new mammography center is very convenient and has state-of-the-art equipment. Our technologists are very caring people, which is important when you are having a mammogram.”

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The ACS estimates that approximately 232,340 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2013 and that more than 39,600 women will die from breast cancer this year.

The ACS recommends that women 40 and older should have a screening mammogram and clinical breast exam every year, and women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a regular health exam at least every three years.

Hart said DMC mammography patients are generally notified within 24 hours if the results are abnormal, or by letter within two or three days if the scan is clear.

“An abnormal mammogram usually results in a core biopsy, and if necessary, the patient is referred to the oncologic team to go over their options. From there, we make the treatment decisions,” she said. 

Hart says she also recommends that women who have a family history of breast cancer make their doctors aware of it, “so they can order alternative tests if needed.”

As for methods of prevention, women should also maintain an ideal body weight, get regular exercise, eat more fruits and vegetables and limit the consumption of fatty foods and alcohol. Hart said studies have shown that more than one alcoholic drink per day may increase the risk of breast cancer.

“Get your mammogram. You gotta do it, even though you hate it. And go to a great facility. I didn’t go to a great facility the first time,” said Moser, who had a previous biopsy at a different facility come back as negative.

“I am a follow-through person, so I went to the DMC and followed through, and the cancer was caught. The DMC really saved my life. Early detection is where it’s at.”

The Bloomfield Hills Mammography Center is located in Suite 202 of the North Pointe Office Building, 2525 Telegraph Road. For more information, visit www.dmc.org/womenshealth.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Robin Ruehlen at rruehlen@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1105.