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  • November 18, 2020

    Positive Attitude and Early Diagnosis Helps Woman Fight Breast Cancer

    Reneay Palmer has a family history of breast cancer on her mom’s side. Knowing this put her at higher risk for developing breast cancer, Palmer was very diligent about getting a mammogram after turning 40. “I was sent to BSA Harrington Breast Center after an abnormal result from my very first mammogram,” explained Palmer.

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  • October 11, 2020

    Breast Cancer Survivor Urges Women to Get Regular Mammograms

    It had been years since Charlotte Willett had her last mammogram. She always seemed to be too busy for an appointment, but after noticing a lump in her right breast and under her arm, she scheduled an appointment at BSA Harrington Breast Center.

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  • October 4, 2020

    Texas Woman’s Instinct Led to Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer

    Nearly five years ago, Debbie Yarnold, noticed a faint trace of blood after using the restroom. Being postmenopausal, this caused concern and prompted Yarnold to make an appointment with her gynecologist. After several exams, Yarnold was diagnosed with stage 1B ovarian cancer.

    “At first, I was told that when women age, they experience dryness which could result in bleeding,” said Yarnold. “I was given an estrogen cream to use, but when the spotting didn’t get better, I came back in for a CA-125 blood test.”

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  • January 27, 2020

    Unexpected cancer diagnosis leads 37-year-old woman to BSA Harrington Cancer Center

    When Julia Bennett began experiencing shoulder pain in April 2018, the 37-year-old never imagined it would lead to a life-threatening diagnosis.

    “I started having pain and numbness in my shoulder that would go down my arm,” Bennett said. “I wasn’t sure where it was coming from.”

    Bennett saw doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists to try to find the cause of her pain and still had no answers.

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  • November 11, 2019

    BSA Harrington Cancer Center offers low-dose CT chest scan for lung cancer screening

    Every 2.3 minutes someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States.

    BSA Harrington Cancer Center offers a low-dose Cat Scan (CT) as a recommended screening for those at high-risk for developing lung cancer.

    The low-dose CT scan is recommended for people who have a history of heavy smoking, are current or former cigarette smokers who have quit within the last 15 years or are between 55 and 74 years old.

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  • October 2, 2019

    Early Mammograms and Genetic Testing for the Win

    Mammograms become routine beginning at age 40 for most women, but Michelle Parsons of Amarillo had a good reason to start sooner.

    “I'm adopted so I didn't know a lot about my family history,” shared Parsons. “At the age of 38, I requested a baseline mammogram.”

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  • October 2, 2019

    Grandmother of Seven's Positive Attitude Can't Be Beat by Cancer

    Eleanor Sitton is a wife, mother and grandmother seven times over. She keeps busy with her family and volunteering but still makes time to go to her annual mammogram appointment at BSA Harrington Breast Center. This year’s exam would change Sitton’s life forever.

    Abnormal images on her mammogram exam led to a diagnosis of breast cancer on June 26.

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  • October 2, 2019

    Lifesaving Information: Which Cancer Screenings to Schedule

    Sometimes making check-up appointments and getting blood drawn doesn’t feel all that important with the hustle and bustle of life. Cancer screenings get pushed to the next year or worse, are forgotten entirely. However, getting screenings is one of the most essential things both men and women can do for their health because the sooner you have all the information, the better.

    Check the lists below to see which cancer screenings should be done at which time of life and when you should discuss with your physician so you can be proactive about your health.

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  • July 23, 2019

    Texas Man Diagnosed with Rectal Cancer Following Colonoscopy

    In the United States, one in every 22 men will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. After a routine colonoscopy ordered by his primary care physician, Michael Smith, 56, discovered that he was the one in 22.

    “My primary care doctor knew I was anemic and set up a colonoscopy at BSA,” Smith shared.

    Following his colonoscopy, Smith received the news that he had a cancerous, 5-inch tumor in his rectum that was growing through his rectal wall. Smith was diagnosed with Stage 3 rectal cancer.

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  • June 10, 2019

    Lung Cancer Survivor is Thankful to be Cancer-Free

    What began as chest cold symptoms, quickly turned into a diagnosis of lung cancer for Janine Mallet. Mallet, while on vacation with her husband in September of 2018, experienced severe wheezing and coughing which led her to seek treatment after returning home.

    Mallett visited BSA Urgent Care Center thinking she needed an antibiotic. The physician requested that she have a chest X-Ray done.

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