Annual Campaign 2017 – A Clearer Picture

Everything is sharper and clearer in 3D

2017 Annual Campaign - A Clearer Picture

At Memorial Hospital in everything we do, we believe in putting our patients first. We believe in providing the best care possible. The way we do this for breast care is to detect earlier, improve accuracy, and reduce patient anxiety. And the best part is we are close to home! Being able to provide a clearer picture for our patients allows us to detect even the most invasive cancers at the earliest stage possible. A clearer picture reduces false positives and minimizes anxiety. Everyone deserves 3D and that is why Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Annual Campaign for 2017 is “A Clearer Picture with 3D Mammography.”

You too can partner with Memorial Hospital Foundation by giving to the Annual Campaign today!

Trough the use of mammograms, early detection and diagnosis helps women and men win their fight against breast cancer. There are still many women that are not getting mammograms, the one thing that may help prevent and diagnose
it in the first place.

Women 40 and older should have mammograms every 1 or 2 years. Women who are younger than 40 and have risk factors for breast cancer should ask their provider whether they should have a mammogram and how often. Even if you have NO symptoms and NO known risk for breast cancer, you should have a regularly schedule mammogram. About 85% of breast cancer occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer, according to

According to, in 2017 an estimated 255,180 NEW cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. Breast cancer in men is rare, about 1 in 1,000, but it does happen. Attention MEN, in 2017 approximately 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men and 440 men will die due to breast cancer. About 40,610 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2017 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening and increased awareness.

Memorial Hospital Foundation board of directors and the foundation office seeks to raise $150,000 from the community along with grants in 2017. The amount raised will assist with the cost of the new 3-D Mammography machine, which is now offered at the Imaging Department at Memorial Hospital.

Access to high-quality advanced equipment is a priority for Memorial Hospital, and Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to be a part of providing funds for such projects.

The mission of the foundation is the health and wellness of our communities through charitable giving. The 3-D Mammography equipment fits into this mission by improving breast cancer detection significantly.

To learn more about the 3-D Mammography initiative along with the 2017 “A Clearer Picture” Campaign, please contact Greta Wetzel at 217-357-8502 or email at

New at Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital now has the Hologic 3D Mammography. The Hologic 3D mammography provides enhanced image quality and detail for screenings and diagnostics. Images from each breast are taken in a top-to-bottom and angled side-to-side view. Additional angles, magnified views and/or different paddles may be used depending on what the radiologist needs. This new mammography system is designed to ensure radiologists can find even the most invasive cancers at the earliest stage possible. This system is 41% more likely to detect invasive breast cancer. And offers up to 40% reduction in false positive recalls, minimizing patient anxiety and unnecessary costs.

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