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(Ephrata) -- A new study suggests the power of mammograms may be overestimated. The doctors behind the report say a flood of "pink" awareness programs and survivor testamonials have given the test more value than it should have.

Susan Yoder, a breast cancer survivor, is thankful for the Healthy Woman Program at Lancaster General Health. She had no insurance, so had no way to pay for a mammogram or cancer treatment. But, the Healthy Woman Program covers the cost of mammograms, Pap tests and cancer treatment for women who are uninsured or underinsured in Pennsylvania.

Now cancer has nowhere to hide. Give us 30 minutes and we’ll give you new hope to beat cancer.

Smart Talk host Nell McCormack-Abom guides a community conversation on all aspects of breast cancer... diagnosis, treatment, surgery, advocacy, research, emotions, and life after cancer.

Medical science has made great strides in detecting and treating breast cancer but what is left to be done?  To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to help answer tis question, Pat Halpin-Murphy, the president and founder of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition joined Radio Smart Talk's Scott LaMar in the witf studio.

Dr. Randall Oyer, an oncologist and medical director of the cancer program at our Facing Cancer Together partner, Lancaster General Health, will appear on the program.  He has a positive message about what a breast-cancer diagnosis means for women in our community.  "My hope is that there's a very clear path, there's good, tolerable treatment and we expect the person to be cured," he says.

Dr. Jennifer Kegel, a radiologist at Lancaster General Health, knows what her breast cancer patients are going through... because she faced breast cancer herself.

HARRISBURG, PA – Breast Cancer Awareness Month—observed every October—recognizes breast cancer as the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women next to skin cancer. About one in eight will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of a lifetime. This month is a time to be reminded of the importance of screening tests in detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages when it is most treatable.

Leigh Hurst, a native of Middletown, was 30 years old, earning a terrific salary as an eLearning corporate consultant, and living in New York City when she first felt a lump in her breast.  She told her doctors, but for the next three years, they routinely dismissed it as nothing too alarming.  “I’d have to put their hand directly on the spot and point it out to them.  And they’d say, ‘Oh, no, that’s nothing to worry about.’  I sort of was pacified by what they said,” Leigh explained. 

In the fall of 1996, Leslie Vogel had no known family history of breast or ovarian cancer.  When she felt a marble-sized lump on her right hip, she assumed it was a hernia from recent physical therapy.  Her gynecologist, however, ordered an ultrasound which revealed a mass.  But Leslie was too busy to get the final diagnosis right away.  She had Thanksgiving dinner to cook for 20 people the next week followed by her son's wedding in late December.  It was only after those festivities had ended that Leslie got the official word:  she had ovarian cancer.

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