I have many friends who have had breast cancer and, each year, I became anxious when it came to be time for my own annual mammogram. Recently, when I went for my yearly physical and mammogram I got results that concerned me greatly. My mammogram showed scattered calcifications in the left breast.

With that diagnosis in hand at 10:30AM, PinnacleCare went into high gear and within minutes had secured a 1:30PM appointment that same day with a surgical oncologist.

I scheduled my biopsy for six days later (due to a weekend and holiday in between), during which time my doctor requested an MRI before the biopsy was performed. The doctor was unable to schedule an appointment before my biopsy. PinnacleCare leveraged their contacts to schedule my MRI for the same day and before my scheduled biopsy.

In one day, I had an MRI, ultrasound and biopsy, and my pathology results came back positive for ductal carcinoma in situ.

With that diagnosis in hand at 10:30AM, PinnacleCare went into high gear and within minutes had secured a 1:30PM appointment that same day with a surgical oncologist. Two other appointments were scheduled within that week with leading surgical oncologists at two other local facilities, providing me with the information I needed to make important treatment decisions.

Breast cancer gets a great deal of attention during October which is breast cancer awareness month, but taking proactive steps to track breast health is a year-round job. Scheduling routine screening mammograms can help detect cancer at its earliest stages when it is most treatable. Don’t let the distractions of life keep you from scheduling these potentially life-saving tests.

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