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Here's Why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is so Important

By: USMD Team


Every October, we are reminded of the importance of breast cancer awareness. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 287,850 new cases of invasive breast cancer in the U.S. this year, with 43,250 women dying from the disease.

USMD Hospital at Arlington is proud to employ a comprehensive team of professionals to address concerns such as breast surgery for breast cancer and benign lump removal. The sooner breast cancer is detected, the better the chance for successful treatment.

Breast surgeon Dr. Kory Jones has a long-standing tradition of providing expert care for women in Arlington and throughout the DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth) metroplex. Read on to learn about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our team’s experience, and the services we offer.

Why are breast cancer screenings important?

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to make sure you are up-to-date on breast cancer screenings like mammograms. These screenings may be life-saving because they can detect cancer long before a tumor can be felt manually.

The American Cancer Society and similar health organizations recommend that women of average risk begin annual mammograms at age 45. Women who are at high risk due to factors like family history should speak with their doctor about starting screenings sooner.

In addition to mammograms, women should perform monthly self-exams and see a doctor right away if they notice anything abnormal. USMD Hospital at Arlington is proud to offer state-of-the-art breast imaging and the most up-to-date options for breast surgery.

What breast procedures do you offer?

USMD Hospital at Arlington offers a full range of services, from cancer screenings to breast surgery for individuals all across North Texas. Best of all, our medical oncology and radiation oncology departments work together in the same building as part of an integrated team. Our cutting-edge breast procedures include:

  • Mastectomy: A mastectomy may be recommended for cancer treatment or to prevent cancer in high-risk patients. This surgery involves removing the entire breast (full mastectomy) or just the part of the breast containing cancer (partial mastectomy).
  • Lumpectomy: A lumpectomy is known as a breast-conserving surgery because it removes cancerous tissue while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible.
  • Lump removal: Occasionally, a benign breast lump may need to be removed. Our team has extensive experience removing noncancerous growths.
  • Breast reconstruction: Breast reconstruction surgery can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy or at a later date. This procedure rebuilds the shape of the breast using implants or your own tissue.

Genetic testing services

Dr. Jones is the only breast surgeon at our hospital, and her talented nurse practitioner offers genetic testing at USMD Hospital at Arlington. This means our cancer care team can determine if you are at increased risk for developing breast cancer. Our services include a review of your family history as well as the test itself. We believe testing is essential because it can help you and your doctor make informed decisions about cancer screenings and risk-reducing strategies.

Protect your health during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to make sure you are up-to-date on screenings and to learn about your individual risk factors. Do not wait to make an appointment if you have any concerns. The breast cancer team at USMD Hospital at Arlington is committed to providing the highest quality of care possible.

Our team delivers compassionate, well-informed, and efficient care for residents in Arlington, TX and beyond. To learn about our full range of breast services, including cancer screenings and breast surgery, or connect with a women’s health practitioner near you, please visit our physician directory.

USMD Hospital at Arlington is a joint venture with Texas Health Resources and meets the definition under federal law of a physician-owned hospital. Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital. A list of physician owners is available upon request.