In our region, fall is simply vibrant. The crisp, cool air; the trees bursting with colors; and outdoor activities calling to us with promises of pumpkin carving, hot chocolate and hayrides.

At Garnet Health, we want everyone in our community to enjoy these activities and live their best and healthiest life. So, while October is a month of pumpkins, scarecrows and goblins, it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month—and time to THINK PINK.

If you’re 25 or older, you should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) every year. Women 40 or older should have a mammogram and a CBE every year.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer. It’s the most common type of cancer diagnosed in women. And in New York and the United States, it is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. 

It’s important to be aware that breast cancer can affect anyone, but those with risk factors may require more frequent checks or mammograms that start at an earlier age. Some common risk factors for breast cancer include:

  • Age (risk increases after age 50)
  • Family or personal history of cancer
  • History of abnormal breast biopsies 

The good news is that breast cancer, especially when detected early, can be treated successfully. A mammogram helps detect early signs of breast cancer, making it a vital part of all women’s healthcare routine. 

Today, there are more options in terms of technology and medicine than ever before. For example, Garnet Health’s 3D mammography technology can detect breast cancer 40% more accurately, which is critical to successfully treating breast cancer. Other benefits include:

  • Detecting breast cancers earlier
  • Detecting breast cancers that aren’t found by traditional imaging
  • Providing greater accuracy in pinpointing tumor size and location
  • Reducing the need for follow-up testing, which helps lessen anxiety, resulting in a better patient experience

If breast cancer is detected, Garnet Health has a comprehensive and multidisciplinary team ready to work with you. Our compassionate and highly experienced team will personalize a care plan specifically for your individual needs and medical history.

We hope your fall season is filled with family fun. We also hope you or your loved one remembers Breast Cancer Awareness Month and schedules a mammogram today. Schedule a mammogram or find additional information here, or call:

  • Garnet Health Medical Center – Middletown Campus: (845) 333-7900
  • Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, in Harris and Callicoon: (845) 333-8378
Garnet Health
By Garnet Health
Garnet Health is a New York State, not-for-profit Corporation headquartered in Middletown, New York, approximately 60 miles northwest of New York City.

As the corporate parent of Garnet Health Medical Center, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Urgent Care, Garnet Health Foundation and Garnet Health Foundation – Catskills, Garnet Health is dedicated to developing specialty services, medical programs and needed healthcare services that allow residents to remain close to home to receive quality care. Providing healthcare to approximately 450,000 residents in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties, Garnet Health was designed to improve the quality, stability and efficiency of healthcare services in the mid-Hudson and Catskill region. Garnet Health provides services by more than 4,000 employed professionals and over 850 medical staff members and is recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. An academic affiliate of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Garnet Health retains compassionate professionals who continually strive toward the hospital’s mission to improve the health of our community by providing exceptional health care.

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