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ALMH medical staff updated on breast cancer prevention issues

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[July 16, 2008]  Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital's active medical staff recently participated in a forum on breast cancer prevention issues for the rural health care professional.

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]




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