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So, you have dense breasts. What does that mean?

Posted on October 27, 2017

If you’ve had a mammogram in the last few years, you may have gotten a letter telling you that you have dense breasts. But what exactly does that mean? In January 2014, a Tennessee law went into effect requiring that women whose mammograms show “heterogeneously or extremely” dense breasts be notified. That notification tells you … »

After a breast cancer diagnosis: a faster treatment option

Posted on October 20, 2017

This year in the United States, an estimated 255,180 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. That includes more than 5,500 cases in Tennessee alone. But along with being common, breast cancer is also very treatable. When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, there are multiple treatment options available, including chemotherapy, hormone therapy, surgery, … »

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Be your own breast friend

Posted on October 8, 2016

While October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, be sure you’re taking steps every month to protect your breasts.  A year ago, you probably thought you had a good understanding of the screenings you needed for your breast health. At age 40, you’d start having annual mammograms, and that was that. But then suddenly, the recommendations … »

A clear view on early breast cancer detection

Posted on April 10, 2016

When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is key to successful treatment and recovery. So, what if your doctor could detect cancer even sooner? Erlanger Health System is now offering 3-D tomosynthesis. This new form of breast cancer mammography produces clear, highly-focused three-dimensional imaging that makes it easier to pinpoint the size, shape, and … »

How Lynda Hood beat the odds

Posted on October 29, 2015

After giving birth to her daughter, Lynda Hood was focused on the future of motherhood. But shortly after a normal checkup for her 14-month-old little girl, Lynda recognized that she wasn’t feeling quite right herself. Upon a regular breast self-exam, she found a lump. Her breast cancer had progressed to stage four, spreading beyond just … »

Is breast cancer in your genes?

Posted on October 12, 2015

In 2003, Carol Schoner’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. You can imagine Carol’s surprise in the wake of her mother’s treatment when, just four years later, she received her own breast cancer diagnosis. Women with a close (first-degree) relative, such as a mother, sister, or daughter that has been diagnosed with breast cancer have … »

Erlanger helps you navigate your breast cancer journey

Posted on October 6, 2015

Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. That statistic alone can make having a mammogram uncomfortable and scary — but it doesn’t have to be. At the Erlanger Center for Breast Health, our breast cancer navigators are here to help. At the first sign of an abnormal mammogram — through … »

New breakthrough treats breast cancer in 5 days instead of 6 weeks

Posted on August 26, 2015

Breast cancer survivors know the difficulty of a long march through up to 6 weeks of radiation therapy following breast surgery. Now, thanks to innovative new treatments at Erlanger, the journey to health is as short as 5 days, with less discomfort and fewer side effects. How is that possible? Dr. Norleena Gullett, Radiation Oncologist … »

A different type of breast cancer

Posted on August 10, 2015

The most commonly recognized symptom of breast cancer is a lump in the breast. However, women should also be aware breast cancer does not always present with a palpable lump. Anytime you notice something different about your breast — like swollen tissue, redness, or a change in appearance — alert your doctor right away. Swollen, … »

Ask an Expert: When should I have my first mammogram?

Posted on July 1, 2015

Q: When should I have my first mammogram? I’m 36 years old without a family history of breast cancer. A: All women, regardless of family history, should have a baseline mammogram between age 35 and 40 and annual mammograms after 40. Over 85 percent of women with breast cancer do not have a family history … »

10 tips for making the breastfeeding process better for you and your baby

Posted on May 13, 2015

Establishing a good breastfeeding relationship is one of the most important things you will do for your newborn baby. Besides the many health benefits to both mom and baby, breastfeeding is the natural way to feed your baby and is certainly a rewarding experience for many mothers. Keep in mind, breastfeeding is different for every … »

Erlanger’s LIFE FORCE crew goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on October 3, 2013

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Staff members of Erlanger Health System’s air medical service, LIFE FORCE, are not only wearing their signature blue flight suits and khaki pants when not on flight duty, they have also added pink during October to recognize all those who have been touched by breast cancer. 

Erlanger Baroness Campus is selected for national breastfeeding collaboration

Posted on August 6, 2012

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Erlanger Baroness Campus has been selected to participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a first-of-its-kind national effort to significantly improve breastfeeding rates in regions where rates are currently at their lowest. Although breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive health measures for infants and mothers, half of American babies are given formula … »

Erlanger Imaging takes the difficult and inconvenience out of mammography screening

Posted on October 13, 2011

Chattanooga,Tenn.– In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Erlanger wants to remind women that it is never too late to schedule a mammogram.