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The Importance of Regular Breast Cancer Screenings

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Cancer is a heartbreaking illness that is very difficult to treat and incredibly painful to go through. Based on 2010-2012 data, 39.6% of Americans are diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime. There are several forms of cancer that can develop many different ways, and a few ways to take breast cancer screenings.

Breast cancer is a form of cancer that develops from breast tissue. It is most common in women over the age of 40 but also affects younger women as well. Men also have a risk of developing breast cancer, although the rate of breast cancer seen in men is far lower than the rate of breast cancer seen in women. In the United States, less than 5 percent of women with breast cancer are younger than 40. Breast cancer rates are highest among women over the age of 70. With any form of cancer, it is better to detect the problem earlier on before it escalates further and becomes harder to treat.

There are several ways to check if breast cancer is present. One way to check yourself for breast cancer is to do a self-examination once a month. Self-examination is the process of an individual looking for physical or visual changes in the breasts. To do a self-examination, your breasts should be dry and there should be no lotions or other similar products on your fingers. Find a comfortable couch or bed and lay down flat on your back. Use the pads, not the tips, of your index, middle, and ring fingers. Start from the outer areas of the breast and work your way towards the center, carefully feeling for any lumps that might exist. If you feel anything, do not panic, for many of these lumps turn out to be non-cancerous.

Self-examinations are just one way to check for breast cancer, but the best and most effective way to screen yourself for breast cancer is by making an appointment with your doctor and scheduling a mammogram or breast ultrasound. Even if no lumps are felt by the self-examination, women over the age of 40 should schedule these breast cancer screenings regularly. Always keep an eye on your health and be sure to check with your doctor if you come across anything concerning. The best way to fight cancer is to detect it early.

Peninsula Radiology urges you to do a monthly breast self exam.  If you or a family member require guidance to find a qualified breast health specialist in your area, please contact one of our seven locations for help.  

Peninsula Radiology Associates Features Dr. Valentine Curran

Meet Dr. CurranMeet Dr. Valentine Curran M.D.

Dr. Valentine Curran is Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiologist with special interest in the areas of body imaging and musculoskeletal.

 

Education

Dr. Curran is passionate about the role of radiology in patient care. He enjoys interacting everyday with his fellow PRA radiologists and Riverside physicians to improve the health of patients throughout the Virginia Peninsula. Dr. Curran achieved the following degrees and doctorates:

 

  • B.S., University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
  • M.D., Georgetown School of Medicine, Washington, DC with Honors
  • Surgery Internship, Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA
  • Radiology Residency, Bethesda Naval Medical Center/Walter Reed Medical Center, Chief Resident

 

Experience/Accomplishments

After a surgical internship at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, he completed a tour as a U.S. Navy flight surgeon with Marine Prowler squadron VMAQ-2. During this tour, he earned an Air Medal while deployed overseas twice for combat operations in the Bosnia and Kosovo Conflicts.

 

He completed his radiology residency at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center/Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he served as Chief Resident and was awarded “Resident of the Year”.

 

He then served as attending radiologist at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth where he was an adjunct professor of radiology for USUHS, and was awarded “Teacher of the Year”. He was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he provided radiology interpretations for Allied forces in Kuwait, and southern Iraq, earning a Navy and Army Commendation Medal.  After 12 years of military service, he joined Peninsula Radiology Associates in July, 2007.

 

Patient Testimonial

“I recently had to have a study done at the hospital. I was an add-on patient later in the day, and my study actually ended up carrying over into the next shift. All of the staff I dealt with were incredibly professional, friendly, and comforting. Dr. Curranwas so compassionate and caring. He asked me questions about my symptoms so he could make sure all possibly causes were evaluated to ensure I had the best study possible. He explained what he was doing and then took the time to answer my questions to the best of his ability at the time. Everyone and everything was so efficient, my referring doctor had the results for his review the next morning. I appreciate the time Dr. Curran took with me and the way he made me feel like I was the only patient he had to deal with, when in fact, he had several. I have no doubt each and every patient felt the same way I did and that is because of Dr. Curran’s exceptional bedside manner.”- Diane Forbes

 

Outside the Office

Dr. Curran lives in Williamsburg with his beautiful wife and two daughters who keep him smiling, laughing, and always on the go.

 

At Peninsula Radiology, it is our goal to utilize the latest in diagnostic technology and the least invasive procedure. Call (757) 595-6363 or go online to schedule an appointment for imaging services.

 

Riverside Walter Reed Hospital designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

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Peninsula Radiology is proud to announce that Riverside Walter Reed Hospital has successfully passed their Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Accreditation with the American College of Radiology. In addition, the ACR has deemed this facility a “Breast Center of Excellence”.

By awarding the hospital the status of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the American College of Radiology recognizes the breast imaging services at this center are fully accredited in Mammography, Stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound.

This accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. To earn this award, a facility must meet the ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards, following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

“This is the most prestigious honor that can be awarded in breast imaging,” says Dr. Benjamin Pettus, a radiologist with Peninsula Radiology who specializes in women’s imaging.  “It speaks of our commitment to high quality breast imaging and technical competency with breast biopsies.”

The rigorous, though voluntary process requires facilities to pass breast imaging accreditation programs and modules. In addition, there is also an assessment of image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which then provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

Riverside Walter Reed Hospital strives to be a leader in of women’s imaging. Our radiologists are dedicated to the latest diagnostic techniques, and offer compassionate care with the highest of practice standards.

The ACR, is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs for focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology, as well as the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Riverside Diagnostic & Breast Imaging Center is Designated ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

We are proud to report that Riverside Diagnostic & Breast Imaging Center was the first Breast Imagining Center on the Peninsula to be awarded the coveted, Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation by the American College of Radiology at its inception in 2007, leading the way in the highest quality breast imaging available. By awarding us the status of BreACR seal for breast imaging centers of excllenceast Imaging Center of Excellence, the American College of Radiology recognizes the breast imaging services at this center are fully accredited in Mammography, Stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound. We are also Breast MRI Certified including MR guided breast biopsy.

This accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. To earn this award, a facility must meet the ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards, following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

The rigorous, though voluntary process requires facilities to pass breast imaging accreditation programs and modules. In addition, there is also an assessment of image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which then provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

Riverside Diagnostic & Breast Imaging Center strives to be a leader in of women’s imaging. Our radiologists are dedicated to the latest diagnostic techniques, and offer compassionate care with the highest of practice standards.

The ACR, is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs for focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology, as well as the delivery of comprehensive health care services.