Posted 09/16/2016

The Because She Matters campaign continues and has reached a $100,000 milestone following proceeds from the recent Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare golf tournament. Community members are encouraged to join efforts to raise funds to support new breast imaging technology including Tomosynthesis and Molecular breast imaging at Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

The American Cancer Society predicts nearly 232,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in women in 2015 and one in eight women will develop it during their lifetime. Recent statistics by the CDC indicate 1 in 4 women in the US are not up-to-date on their mammogram screenings.

With the latest technology including tomosynthesis and molecular breast imaging, cancer detection rates are expected to increase from 1.2% to 8.2%. The best protection is early detection, thus increasing the importance for the latest technological advances. Phase 1 of the Because She Matters campaign continues towards the $500,000 initiative focused on tomosynthesis. Advantages of the tomosynthesis technology include the following: earlier detection of small breast cancers, greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of abnormalities, fewer false positives and unnecessary biopsies, and greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to make a difference locally, we need everyone’s support to make this a reality,” said Keith Travis, VP of Development.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital is accredited in mammography by the American College of Radiology. For more information on women’s health or scheduling a mammogram with a doctor’s referral, call (270) 752.2174. For information on how to donate to the Because She Matters campaign, contact Keith Travis, VP of Development at (270) 762.1908