Inside East Texas: “Stamping Out Breast Cancer”

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women, excluding skin cancers. This year, in Texas alone, more than 11,000 sisters, wives, mothers, and daughters will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

It's the most commonly diagnosed cancers among American women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. The probability of breast cancer depends on a variety of factors. Black, White, and Hawaiian women are found to have the highest levels of breast cancer and, as you age, the chances of you getting breast cancer increases dramatically.

Early detection through screening is the key to more treatment options and a dramatic increase in survival rates. It is very important that women receive a yearly exam from their local physician, as well as do a monthly self-exam and a yearly mammogram after the age of forty.

Statistics show most breast cancers are first discovered by women themselves. If you do find a lump, don't assume it's cancer. Check with your physician. Breast cancer is most curable when detected early. That's another reason why self-exams are so important. That fact alone should be enough to prompt you to begin doing a monthly breast exam.

In the September 21, 2003 edition of Inside East Texas, we discuss with Melisa Phillips, a mammographer with Nacogdoches Medical Center, the importance of early detection. This week's show also covers what's being done to heighten public awareness about breast cancer, who is at the greatest risk for breast cancer, personal safety checks, conventional and new treatment options, dealing with the fear, and empowering people (especially women) to be more aggressive when it comes to early detection methods.


Tina Alexander


Melisa Phillips, Mammographer, Nacogdoches Medical Center

Contributing Correspondents

Dr. ZoAnn Dryer, Baylor College of Medicine