Nothing says love like a caring hug – and there’s one quick squeeze that could actually save your life. It’s easy to focus attention on the people who matter most in your life and forget to include yourself, but your health impacts everyone who cares about you. One of the easiest and quickest ways to show your love for others and yourself is to get a screening mammogram.
In addition to healthy lifestyle habits, such as maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise and limiting alcohol consumption to one
drink a day or less, the American Cancer Society and the Board Certified doctors of Radiology Associates of Ocala recommend that women get a baseline mammogram at age 40 (and sooner for women with significant risk factors, such as family history) to establish a record of what their healthy breast tissue looks like for future comparison. After that, women should have a mammogram every year and see a doctor sooner if problems or symptoms arise, to catch changes early, when breast cancer is easiest to cure. Since the widespread implementation of mammography in 1990, there has been a 30% reduction in breast cancer mortality rates. In fact, screening mammograms saves thousands of lives each year.
There are six board certified radiologists at RAO that are breast imaging and diagnostic experts who specialize in implementing and interpreting all types of breast scans, which the doctors review in-office to ensure faster, more reliable service and treatment. Because every RAO doctor lives and works in Ocala, each has a strong relationship with the local medical community and its doctors, and a genuine commitment to patients living in the area. “We are on a first-name basis with many local doctors, “ says RAO radiologist and breast health specialist, Dr. Amanda Aulls. “Having both your radiologist and primary care doctor living and working locally helps promote synergistic care.”
To make getting a screening mammogram easy, RAO’s Women’s Imaging Center and TimberRidge Imaging Center accept appointments without a doctor’s referral. Both of these centers have been designated a Breast Imaging Center of
Excellence by the American College of Radiology, an honor given to only a select few women’s healthcare providers in Florida. For more information, please call (352) 671-4300.
There’s no better way to support your loved ones than by taking steps to ensure you’ll be part of their lives for a long time to come.
Walk for the Cure As a Silver Sponsor of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, Radiology Associates of Ocala will have a team participating in the walk on Saturday, October 25th at 8:30am at the College of Central Florida. The event is open to all, so come out and show your support.
Together, we can help stop breast cancer in its tracks. For more information, please call (352) 671-4300.