Women (and men), don’t take breast cancer for granted: Health Matters

Julia S Tassinari, MD

As October races toward November, yet another annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws to a rapid close. Given all the various high-profile fundraising/awareness campaigns and other events across the country each October, many of us may have become complacent when it comes to breast cancer.

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t helped, either. A recent study by the American College of Radiology showed that mammogram screenings were only at 85% of pre-pandemic levels.

Sadly, breast cancer itself won’t end with the end of this month. In fact, it remains the most common form of cancer affecting women in the United States. And men aren’t immune from it, either. Which is why it’s still imperative for everyone, regardless of gender, to stay vigilant when it comes to this life-altering and potentially deadly disease.

Fortunately, several new developments in breast cancer research and treatment options, many of which can be accessed right here at Newport Hospital, are providing us with renewed optimism in this ongoing battle.

A customized, team approach

Just as each person is a unique individual, so, too, is each case of breast cancer. Therefore, Newport Hospital believes that treating breast cancer should likewise be customized, with treatment plans delivered not by one physician, but a team of our world-renowned experts – medical, surgical, and radiation – as well as related support staff.