Public Health Lecture Presented: Breast
Breast cancer awareness was the focus of a public health lecture
at Northeast Alabama Community College recently on the NACC
campus to a near-capacity crowd. October is Breast Cancer
Awareness month, and the lecture was presented by Kay Page,
owner of MMI Breast Center PC of Scottsboro.
Susan Barron, Director of High School Relations and Event
Planning at NACC, welcomed those in attendance. “We are very
pleased to provide this health lecture today,” said Barron. “We
want to continue to provide informative lectures and invite
anyone who might have a health topic in mind for a future
lecture to let us know.”
Heather Rice, Director of Development at NACC, introduced the
speaker. Rice and Page worked closely together for 10 years when
Rice was employed with the American Cancer Society. “Kay is a
caring person,” said Rice. “Her passion is saving lives and her
message is always if you know someone who needs a mammogram, ask
them to have it done.”
Page thanked Barron and Rice for the opportunity to be at
Northeast. “I have been in the field of mammography for 40
years. I worked at UAB for 21 years before returning to
Scottsboro and I have been back for 15 years,” she said. “We
have state-of-the-art digital technology at MMI. This is the
best tool for the earliest detection of breast cancer. It can
identify a problem two years before the human eye can see it.
That’s why 25 percent of those who have a mammogram are asked to
come back for an additional test (ultrasound) to make sure that
anything suspicious is evaluated further.”
Page presented the information about breast cancer. MMI Breast
Center went digital in 2007 and is upgraded every six months.
MMI was the first in Northeast Alabama to go digital. They
perform a mammogram every 15 minutes during office hours, with
5,000-6,000 mammograms being done each year. The mammogram is
the best tool to find breast cancer at the earliest stage. One
out of 8 women will get breast cancer. A baseline mammogram is
usually done between the ages of 35-40. After 40, one is done
every year. Mammograms are compared from one year to the next.
Self-examinations should be performed each month. Jackson County
currently has 600 women and 5 men with breast cancer. One out of
100 men get breast cancer. Breast cancer does not sit still – it
travels the body through the lymph system. “Prevention of breast
cancer includes maintaining a healthy life style, keeping weight
in a normal range, exercising, limiting alcohol intake, limiting
hormone replacement (because of risk of estrogen fed breast
cancer cells), and breast feeding your baby if at all possible,”
Page introduced breast cancer survivor, Margaret Phillips, who
also addressed the crowd. “I am a 14 year survivor,” she said.
“I have had a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation, as well
as two additional medicines for 10 years after being diagnosed.
I did not have a lump, I had an indention that I knew did not
look right. You should always be aware of your body and of any
changes. For you nursing students in the audience, as you work
alongside your doctors, please remind your patients to have
regular mammograms. It can save lives.” Phillips, as a survivor,
is a preferred spokesperson with the American Cancer Society.
“When they contacted me, I was glad to help. I love helping
others and am blessed to do so.” A support group is available
for patients/survivors. They meet every month on the second
Tuesday at MMI Breast Center.
The lecture concluded with a question and answer session. After
the lecture, Page also made available an artificial breast which
simulates lumps in the breast for those interested in learning
more about self examinations. For more information about
mammography and MMI Breast Center, contact Page at 256-574-2883.
The center is located at 110 South Broad Street in Scottsboro.
For more information about the health care lecture series,
contact Susan Barron, Director of High School Relations and
Event Planning at NACC, 256- 638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext.
*2248. For information about NACC, contact the college’s website
Pictured following the Breast Cancer
Awareness presentation are (L-R) Kay Page, owner of MMI Breast
Center PC of Scottsboro/speaker; Heather Rice, Director of
Development at Northeast; Margaret Phillips, breast cancer
survivor/speaker; and Susan Barron, Director of High School
Relations and Event Planning at NACC.
Article written by and photo taken by Debra A. Barrentine,
Director of Promotions and Marketing at NACC.