Highlands holds breast cancer awareness luncheon
by STEVE LeMASTER
PRESTONSBURG — Highlands Regional Medical Center held a breast cancer informational seminar on Thursday, Oct. 4, with a luncheon and dessert reception at the hospital.
Luncheon attendees heard from Highlands Cancer Center representatives who spoke about the signs, symptoms and treatment options for breast cancer. The Highlands Cancer Center panel included oncologist Kirti Jain, M.D., physician assistant Melissa Morey, and Stephanie VanDine, ARNP.
Dr. Jain stressed that early detection is key, saying, “More than 90 percent of patients diagnosed early are curable. The survival rates are improving, more than 55 percent of people diagnosed with cancer will live and about 99 percent of skin cancer patients will survive.”
Melissa Biery, director of radiology at HRMC, provided information on the latest detection technology and the benefits of a yearly mammogram.
According to the American Cancer Society most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests. The Highlands Cancer Center, located next to Highlands Regional Medical Center, continues to celebrate life by offering a state-of-the-art center with breakthrough cancer treatments.
To learn more about Highlands you can visit www.hrmc.org.
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