Early detection of breast cancer is key. That’s the message breast surgical oncologist Dr. Alyssa Throckmorton shared on “Wake Up Memphis” Thursday morning.
“The earlier we find it, the earlier we can treat it, the better chance you have for a cure,” she said.Throckmorton, a breast surgeon with Baptist Medical Group and medical director of Baptist’s Multidisciplinary Breast Program, said women should start scheduling regular mammogram checkups beginning at the age of 40. However, if a woman has a history of breast cancer in her family, they should get mammograms starting at 30.
“I’m like everyone else… I’m a mom, I’m a daughter, I’m a wife, I volunteer. For me to be able to take care of everybody else that I’m responsible for and that I adore, I have to take care of me,” Throckmorton said. “[So], the one thing I always make sure I do is get my mammogram every year.”
Memphis 901 FC is partnering with Baptist Memorial Hospital Health Care for Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Autozone Park this Saturday. Tickets for the home match against Atlanta United 2 can be purchased here.
A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Cancer Patient Fund at Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation. Gates open at 6:00 pm and Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.Listen to the full interview with Dr. Alyssa Throckmorton below.