Step right up, don’t be Shy: Lackey has what it takes to save livesBy JILL WARE,
Imaging Services at Lackey Memorial Hospital is literally the place to go for all of our community’s Mammography needs. Lackey is the only hospital in Scott County that performs mammograms.
The hospital has the latest in digital radiology equipment installed and employs the precise person on staff that women need to see. Clara Embrey, Radiologic Technologist, performs C.T. (Computer Tomography) and X-ray as a matter of course; but her focus is Mammography.
Strict requirements mandate that Mammographers must be Registered Technologists, and with her associates degree in Radiologic Technology from Inova Alexandria in Virginia, Embrey not only meets those standards, but exceeds them by adding years of dedicated experience.
She has been performing mammograms since 1996. “Clara just does not realize what an asset she is to the Radiology Team,” says Michea McLemore, Director of Radiology.
Embrey’s true concern for her patients’ health and well-being is abundantly clear as she states, “We must stop being timid and be proactive about our own health.” She further emphasized, “Early detection is key in any form of cancer, and education is important as well; but we have to follow through on the health care information that we receive after Breast Cancer Screening. If something is detected during mammography, we must face it, we must follow through on the recommendations given to us by our health care providers. Don’t put it off.”
Embrey also explained that, “Breast Cancer Screenings are for non-symptomatic patients; if you have found something yourself, go directly to your health care provider. Take care of yourself.”
Lackey is offering a 20 percent discount off the cost of Breast Cancer Screenings in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Women can also help them to help themselves by being self-aware. Breast Self-Awareness Messages include:
• Know your risk — talk to your family to learn about your family health history, talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer.
• Get screened — ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk, have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk, have a clinical breast exam at least every three years starting at age 20 and every year starting at age 40.
• Know what is normal for you — see your health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes: lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area; swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast; change in the size or shape of the breast; dimpling or puckering of the skin; itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple; pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast; nipple discharge that starts suddenly; new pain in one spot that does not go away.
• Make healthy lifestyle choices — maintain a healthy weight, add exercise into your routine, limit alcohol intake, limit menopausal hormone use, breastfeed if you can.