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St. Luke's Launches Comprehensive Breast Program

Emily Ness
Updated: October 09, 2019 07:46 PM

Pink cookies, napkins and balloons celebrated the launch of a Comprehensive new Breast Program at St. Luke’s. Now officially in effect, the program will expedite access to care for women with breast health concerns in order to make it easy and convenient for them to be seen and treated quickly.

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“I think it’s extremely exciting. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for our patients here at St. Luke’s. I think that this is really going to take our breast program to the next level,” Dr. Kerri Harting, Radiologist said.

St. Luke’s Comprehensive Breast Program will include experts in a variety of areas including radiology, oncology, mental health, social work and more. Members of these teams will work together collaboratively to take care of the patient as a whole. During a ribbon cutting ceremony, a number of doctors, nurses, physicians and so on were present to mark the start of the new Comprehensive Breast Program. Many of them wore pink shirts to show their support.

“I think through this comprehensive breast program, what this is going to do is allow us to have an accelerated time from whenever the patients first start to feel any breast problem until the time whenever they can have an actual diagnosis or just be relieved that there’s nothing wrong with their breast,” Harting said.

In light of October being ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month,’ the launch of this program is fitting.

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is very important to me. It’s very important to recommend mammograms. Mammograms begin at age of 40. Every year, a woman should get a mammogram. Early detection saves lives,” Harting said. "Whether it's October or any time throughout the year, we offer them."

Those who are interested in learning more about St. Luke's Comprehensive Breast Program or who would like to make an appointment are encouraged to call 218-249-2662.

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