A breast cancer diagnosis can be one of the most challenging and life-altering moments in a person’s life, affecting millions each year. During October, the world turns pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to understanding breast cancer, its risk factors, and the importance of early detection. It is also a special time spent honoring those who have fought and are currently fighting breast cancer. Fortunately, the Lawson Cancer Center (LCC) at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has the expertise and experience to diagnose and treat all forms of cancer, especially breast cancer, as it is the most common type of cancer in the U.S.

The exact causes of breast cancer are not fully understood, but factors such as genetics, hormonal imbalances, lifestyle choices and environmental exposures may contribute to its development. As with all cancers, early detection is the key to improving breast cancer outcomes. Regular self-breast-exams, clinical breast exams and mammograms are essential tools for catching breast cancer in its early stages.

When a screening results in a devastating diagnosis of cancer, it is important to know where to turn. The Lawson Cancer Center makes it easier for patients during this difficult period in their lives. With the combination of advanced technologies and compassionate care, the LCC is working to improve outcomes and enhance the quality of life for breast cancer patients.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, everyone is encouraged to take time to further understand the disease, provide support and empower those affected by breast cancer.

To learn more about Lawson Cancer Center, or to schedule a cancer screening, please visit pikevillehospital.org/cancer.