Don’t Delay Mammogram, Pottstown Hospital Urges

POTTSTOWN PA – More than 12,000 women in Pennsylvania will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, according to American Cancer Society statistics. That’s why, as they observe National Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October, Pottstown Hospital physicians say regular mammograms are critical for the early breast cancer detection to ensure the best chance for effective treatment.

Because of coronavirus concerns, according to record-keepers for Tower Health – of which the hospital is a part – many women opted to delay important routine care, including mammograms. As a result, Tower has tracked a decrease in screening and diagnostic mammograms from 68,925 in fiscal year 2019 to
64,739 in fiscal year 2020, a decline of more than 6 percent, it reported Thursday (Oct. 8, 2020).

“We encourage women over the age of 40 … to schedule their annual mammogram during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Tower Health has screening facilities conveniently located in each of our hospital communities,” Oncology Service Line Director Dr. Michael Brown said. It also has implemented system-wide comprehensive actions to protect patients from COVID-19, he added.

“Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women,” Pottstown Hospital oncologist Dr. Amber Iqbal said. “Mammograms play an integral role in early detection when there are no symptoms. When diagnosed early, patients will have the best options for treatment.”

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