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University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center and UH “Woman Up” campaign urge women 40 and over to get annual mammograms

Monday, September 8, 2014

Increased screenings is goal of campaign and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Beachwood, Ohio – “Woman Up” is a University Hospitals (UH) breast cancer education campaign focused on urging women age 40 and over to get annual screening mammograms. UH Ahuja Medical Center is emphasizing this important wellness campaign starting in September and continuing during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Early detection is key in the treatment of breast cancer, which affects one in eight women. Lifestyle-related factors which can increase the risk for breast cancer include physical inactivity; obesity, especially after menopause; frequent alcohol consumption; and not having children. Approximately 75 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease.

“Breast health should be part of a woman’s wellness routine,” says Kelly Vogel, RT(R)(M), Mammography/Ultrasound Chief Technologist, UH Ahuja Medical Center. “Mammography is a component of that routine that really does save lives.”

Mammography services are available at UH Ahuja Medical Center as well as at the Breast Center at UH Chagrin Highlands Health Center in Orange Village.

“Getting a screening mammogram can be briefly uncomfortable but should not be painful,” says Vogel. “The mammography technologists at UH Ahuja Medical Center work with each woman to make sure we get the best imaging possible with the least amount of discomfort.”

When cancer is detected early and confined to the breast, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent. “At UH, our goal is to find cancers at an early stage to minimize the aggressiveness of treatment,” says Vogel. “Avoiding yearly mammograms can lead to more challenging treatment in the later stages of the disease.”

UH Ahuja Medical Center encourages every woman age 40 and over to “Woman Up” and have your doctor order your annual screening mammogram. Then schedule it at UH Ahuja Medical Center by calling 216-844-BRST.

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