The seminar was led by Southern Illinois University School of
Medicine's Elizabeth Peralta, a surgeon and researcher who
specializes in breast health issues.
ALMH sponsored the seminar
through an Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network Grant.
Dr. Peralta offered an in-depth analysis of risk factors that
would place any patient at a higher risk for developing breast
cancer. She also shared how physicians can evaluate a patient's risk
factors to determine whether or not preventive breast cancer
therapies are the appropriate care protocol for that patient.
Peralta and the medical staff also discussed tactics to ensure
that all women receive annual mammograms beginning at age 40.
Later in July, ALMH will introduce digital mammography for all
mammogram patients. This technology offers 40 percent less radiation
over standard film mammography and records images that offer a more
detailed look at breast tissue.
[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]