Thankful for Early Detection

Miriam Garrett is not only a Kirby employee – she’s also a breast cancer survivor who learned first hand what a difference early detection can make. Miriam was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 after her radiologist noticed an enlarged lymph node under her left arm during a mammogram. Miriam says, “Unfortunately the larger tumor in the breast tissue was not visible, but the end result was the same. It was biopsied and discovered to be breast cancer. It was caught early and treated successfully with surgery, chemo and radiation. By God’s grace, I am a healthy, six-year survivor!”

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women; an estimated one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer sometime during her life. Early detection is key in the treatment of breast cancer. Along with monthly self-exams, women should have clinical breast exams and mammograms every one to three years, depending on age and additional risk factors such as family history.

“This specialized area for women is becoming common in most new medical centers, and we wanted to put women at ease; when they visit us for any of their radiology needs, they will feel completely comfortable in their surroundings,” said Director of Radiology Teri Orr. “Kirby Medical Center has been so well thought out and is so convenient. It’s much better from a workflow and organizational perspective. It’s a wonderful thing for us as employees and a great thing for the community.”Diagnostic Imaging at Kirby Medical Center has a suite dedicated specifically to women’s imaging, which includes digital mammography, bone densitometry, ultrasounds, MRIs and X-rays. Thanks to this state-of-the-art technology, patients receive in-depth knowledge and diagnoses at earlier stages, which means quicker treatments and better success rates for the best possible health outcomes. The Women’s Imaging Suite offers a quiet, comfortable environment that ensures patient privacy with waiting and guest areas that are kept separate from staff work areas and the general hospital.

If you’d like more information about the Women’s Imaging Suite and the Diagnostic Imaging department at Kirby, you can visit our website or contact your Kirby primary care physician.

Paint Piatt Pink

Every October, Kirby Medical Center organizes Paint Piatt Pink, which is an annual breast cancer awareness fundraising program that includes a variety of events and ways to get involved, such as fun runs, Zumba® parties and jewelry and t-shirt sales. More information about Paint Piatt Pink, as well as volunteering and participating opportunities, can be found on our website.

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