National Mammography day with critical warnings from local experts

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - National Mammography Day is a way to encourage women to get their annual screenings which is what Eastern Radiologists do with their annual pink party.

“It’s a great way to sort of make light of something that’s very scary, breast cancer and we want to make sure that people are aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” says Eastern Radiologist Marketing Director, Shannon Arner.

Arner says the pink party helps to make patients comfortable about their mammograms.

“They might be a little bit nervous, it could be their first mammogram or it could be their yearly. We want to remind women to make sure they stay up on their annual screening,” she says.

Kashunda Barnes believes in regular mammograms even if breast cancer doesn’t run in your family.

She says, “I don’t have a history of breast cancer in my family so I just decided, you know, I should be tested.”

Barnes says other women should do the same.

“If you haven’t been texted, make sure you go every year, especially if you’re forty and over,” she adds.

Eastern Radiologist Breast Imager Bryan Jordan says most people think if they don’t have a family history of breast cancer they can’t get it. He says that is not true.

“The most common presentation of breast cancer is in patients with no family history and no additional risk factors. That is the biggest misconception,” Jordan says.

He adds early detection is key. “We do that by annual screening exams starting at 40 years of age. That is how we can catch these cancers at the earliest form and so our patients can do extremely well,” he says.