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Life Is Hectic Now, But Don’t Put Off Your Breast Cancer Screening

Michelle Azu, M.D., FACS, is the director of breast surgical services and the associate director of the Breast Disease Management Team at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital.
Michelle Azu, M.D., FACS, is the director of breast surgical services and the associate director of the Breast Disease Management Team at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. Photo Credit: NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

In 2020, we’ve let nonessentials fall by the wayside to focus on surviving the pandemic. That’s understandable … but as we adjust to the challenges of a new way of life, do not think of breast cancer screening as nonessential.

The American Cancer Society notes that many individuals are putting cancer screenings on hold this year. It is important to remember cancer doesn’t take a break. One in eight women in the U.S. will receive a breast cancer diagnosis by her 75th birthday. That’s why it’s so important to keep up with routine mammograms.

“We understand fear associated with routine healthcare during a pandemic but want you to know it is safe to have screenings and routine care performed,” said Michelle Azu, M.D., FACS, director of breast surgical services at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, associate director of the Breast Disease Management Team at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and assistant professor of surgery at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. “We have taken the critical precautions necessary to continue keeping the health of our community as the top priority. We do not want to miss or delay a diagnosis, so be sure to call to schedule your screenings as soon as possible. Our doors are open.”

Community of Care

At the NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center, women can receive screening, biopsy and, if needed, a full range of breast cancer treatments under one roof. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Cancer Center offers advanced therapies and supportive care for women at every stage of their cancer journey.

“Breast cancer care may include surgery, radiation oncology and/or medical oncology. For surgical decision-making, it’s important to have a detailed conversation with your surgeon to understand what your options are so you can make a really informed decision,” Dr. Azu said. “We are a community of specialists focused on providing the best care tailored to your exact circumstance. We can draw on our partnership with Columbia University to offer access to a range of clinical trials. We support our cancer community at every stage and will continue to advocate for early detection of breast cancer to begin exploring treatment possibilities as soon as possible.”

If you have breast cancer, early detection and expert care can lead to more satisfying outcomes and a longer life. Call 914-787-5008 to schedule a screening today.

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