Smalley: Don’t delay yearly mammogram

Sally Smalley, a member of the Alliance-Health Clinton Women’s Auxiliary, volunteers regularly in the gift shop there. In 2003 she had breast cancer, and her story is the perfect example of why yearly mammograms are so important.

Professional care

Holly Drinnon, radiology technician at AllianceHealth Clinton, directs a patient through the mammogram process.

Technology in good hands

Director of Radiology Paul Hill stands next to an important piece of diagnostic equipment in the hospital’s ultra sound room.

Exercise benefits the body in myriad ways. Studies have shown that routine exercise can help people effectively maintain healthy weights, sleep better at night and have more energy throughout the day. But exercise also may play a role in preventing one of the world’s most deadly diseases.

Myths about breast cancer can be as harmful as accurate information is helpful, so learning the truth and debunking those myths can be an important part of women’s preventive approach to breast cancer.

Radiology important tool for diagnosis

Staff in the radiology department at AllianceHealth Clinton includes, from left, Paxton Hunt, Lacey Daniels, Tristyn Cole, Paul Hill, Holly Drinnon and Isac Shephard. Not pictured are Leslie Giblet, David Barnett, Ashley Vestal, Janet Medina, Jeff Loftiss and Leanne Parker.

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 627,000 women lost their lives to breast cancer in 2018. But women are not helpless in the fight against breast cancer. Early detection is critical and could potentially save thousands of lives each year.

One out of eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. It’s a staggering statistic, but one made less ominous by the fact that finding breast cancer early makes it easier to treat or cure.