Doctors Hospital of Manteca Spotlighting Breast HealthOct 1, 2019
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Doctors Hospital of Manteca is committed to the fight against breast cancer. Statistics indicate that one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. Mammograms are the most effective form of early detection.
Here are the ways Doctors Hospital of Manteca is putting breast health in the spotlight, not only for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, but every day.
Doctors Hospital of Manteca offers state-of-the-art imaging services in the Women’s Imaging Center, and personalized patient care with a dedicated breast health coordinator. Dawnis Villegas, RN, guides patients through the diagnostic evaluation period, up to and through a diagnosis of cancer by providing emotional support, education and resources.
Comprehensive screening and diagnostic services are available in the Women’s Imaging Center including mammography, breast ultrasound, breast biopsies and breast coil MRI. The center provides a continuum of services under one roof, providing ease and accessibility to patients. The goal is to provide answers within five working days from when a lump is detected to when a diagnosis is provided, helping alleviate stress and anxiety for the patient.
Breast Cancer Support Groups:
Doctors Hospital of Manteca provides free support groups for breast cancer patients and survivors. The groups are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room at 1205 E. North Street in Manteca.
“All the ladies are in different stages, so they are able to share and communicate ideas and tips that have worked for each one of them along the way,” said Dawnis Villegas, Breast Health Coordinator at Doctors Hospital of Manteca. “They enjoy coming together and talking about their shared common fight in breast cancer.”
The next support group is being held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. For more information, please call (209) 239-8382.
Dawnis Villegas will also be at two upcoming community events to discuss breast health. She will be at the Healthy Aging Summit on Oct. 18, 2019, at the Modesto Centre Plaza from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Main Street Day in Downtown Ripon on Oct. 19, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Doctors Hospital of Manteca booths at each event for free breast health education.
Annual mammograms are an important part of a woman’s wellness routine, generally beginning at age 40. If you would like to schedule a mammogram, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please call (209) 239-8370 or visit www.doctorsmanteca.com.