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The Women’s Health Center and The Breast Center at MDI Hospital will co-present a free educational event entitled “Breast Health and Breast Cancer Demystified” on November 11th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

The event, held at The Breast Center’s MDI Hospital location, will include presentations by a variety of clinicians involved in prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer, as well as a recent breast cancer survivor.
Jane Tawney, PA-C, who works at the Women’s Health Center will provide opening remarks. Betty Mitchell, RN, a MammaCare Clinical Breast Examiner with the Breast Center will discuss the technique, considered the recognized standard for teaching and performing clinical breast examinations. 
John Benson, MD, FACR, Medical Director of Medical Imaging at MDI Hospital will present information on the Hospital’s integrated approach to breast disease. He will describe their state-of-the-art digital mammography unit which provides better image quality, improved patient comfort and exposes patients to nearly 35 percent less radiation than other equipment in Maine.
Dr. Benson will also discuss other breast imaging modalities including ultrasound, MRI and the hospital’s newest technology, Breast Specific Gamma Imaging, an innovative problem-solving tool that is useful when there is a questionable mammogram.
MDI Hospital surgeon Charles Hendricks, MD will present a breast surgeon’s approach to breast disease such the newly detected breast lump including tissue diagnostic methods. Dr Hendricks will also walk the group through the surgical approach the patient with newly diagnosed breast cancer. 
Breast cancer survivor and Bar Harbor resident Martha Abbott will share her experience from diagnosis through treatment and recovery.
“This event will provide important information to help eliminate misunderstanding about breast cancer prevention, treatment and recovery,” said Dr. Benson. “It’s also an opportunity to feature the services that make the Breast Center at MDI Hospital one of the leading breast diagnostic centers in the region,” he added. 
“We’ve chosen to feature the inspirational story of a breast cancer survivor to underscore the extraordinary care we provide as well as the critical importance of regular screening mammography,” said Dr. Benson. 
For more information on the November 11th educational event “Breast Health and Breast Cancer Demystified” call the Women’s Health Center at 288-8100.

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