Broward Health North has a dedicated team of mammographers who specialize in breast imaging. For many women, an annual mammogram can be an uncomfortable procedure, but these employees support and guide patients through the process, providing gentle and compassionate care. They also develop relationships with patients and provide vital support to women facing breast cancer.
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When Mashkura Ahmed gives breast cancer screenings to her patients, she hopes to save lives through early detection.
“A family member of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer, so by screening patients I hope to make a difference in my patients’ lives,” Ahmed said.
During her 11-year career as a mammographer, Ahmed has counseled countless patients on the importance of early detection and regular breast cancer screenings.
“It can absolutely save your life,” she said. “The earlier you detect breast cancer, the better chance you have of treating and beating breast cancer.”
During her eight-year career as a radiologic technologist, Cathy Gardner has seen lives saved through regular screenings.
“Early detection is key. I’ve seen it,” she said. “I’ve seen patients come in terrified, but they realize that we’re here for them every step of the way. They battle and fight and survive.”
Gardner loves working in both radiology and mammography because no two days are alike.
“I love the radiology component of my job and dealing with X-ray, but I also love working with women who have breast issues,” she said. “They’re two very different worlds, but I love working in both disciplines.”
When she talks to her patients about the importance of early detection, she reminds them of one sobering statistic.
“One in eight women will have breast cancer, so it’s important to get checked,” she said.
Angela Fulmore has worked at Broward Health for the past 32 years. During that time, she’s developed relationships with patients who come in year after year to get their annual mammograms.
“The best part of my job is the patients I get to meet,” said Fulmore, a mammographer.
She’s also seen how early detection can save lives. “Your chances of survival are significantly higher with early detection,” she said. “The earlier breast cancer is detected, the more likely you are to have breast conservation and less need for therapy.”
She advises patients to follow the American Cancer Society guidelines when it comes to mammograms. “Get your baseline mammogram by age 40,” she said. “From age 40 to 45, get mammogram screenings every other year and then yearly after 45. Also, do monthly self-exams to check for any changes or lumps you may find in between mammograms.”
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