Retired CMU Advisor and Long-Time Imaging Patient
“With caring technicians like Angie, who make the process as comfortable as possible, there are no more excuses for any woman who needs mammography.”
Taking Charge of Her Health
Most women would agree that a manicure or massage could brighten a bad day. For Becky Hynes of Shepherd, her yearly screening mammography did the trick.
“It had just been one of those days,” said 63-year-old Becky. “But when I got to the Medical Center, my technician was so upbeat and kind, it just really turned into a nice way to end a bad day.”
Becky’s radiology technician, Angie Pifer, has worked for MidMichigan Medical Center–Gratiot for 10 years. She has administered mammograms for 9 of those years.
“Angie was patient and gentle with me during my mammogram,” Becky said. “She’s just a super technician. Mammography isn’t totally pleasant; however, when you have a skilled, kind tech, it makes the whole experience different, and she made it as comfortable as possible.”
Becky is no stranger to mammography. “I haven’t missed a year since I had my baseline done in my early 40’s, and I’ve always had them at Gratiot,” she said. “Over the years, I’ve noticed they’ve improved the process -- it’s less uncomfortable than it used to be. And the right technician can make all the difference.”
An advocate for screening mammography, Becky believes in the power of early detection. “I have friends who have had breast cancer that was detected through mammography. Without it, they may not be here today,” she said. “I believe you have to take charge of your health and take care of yourself. Do what you can to find problems early, when they are more treatable.”
Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. Mammography is used to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable; it is considered the best method for detecting breast cancer and is recommended in combination with monthly breast self-exams and annual clinical breast exams.
MidMichigan Medical Center–Gratiot offers digital mammography to ensure women have access to the latest technology for early detection. Digital mammography offers improved resolution allowing radiologists to easily magnify images, highlight details and analyze areas of concern. These digital images can also be stored and transferred electronically for patient convenience in follow-up care.
“It’s hard to believe that women still resist getting a mammogram,” Becky said. “You just hold your breath and, click, it’s done. I can’t image that a bit of pain isn’t worth the chance of early detection.”
Becky said going through a mammogram is well worth the effort when it may save your life. “With caring technicians like Angie to make the process as comfortable as possible, there are no more excuses for any woman who needs a mammogram.”
For more information about breast health and mammography services, visit www.midmichigan.org/breast.