Davis’ family was joined by hospital leadership, staff and the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation board of directors for the official opening of the suite on June 20, 2014.
“This is a lifesaving gift that will help us with the early detection of breast cancer,” said Sherri Craig, interim president of the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation. “This beautiful suite named in Mrs. Davis’ honor will contain state-of the-art mammography equipment and benefit the community that she loved and served with such dedication throughout her lifetime. We are grateful for Davis family and the generous gift in memory of their mother.”
Kentucky is estimated to have more than 3,000 invasive breast cancer cases diagnosed this year. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer found in women. Mammograms are the preferred diagnostic test to find breast cancer in its early stages and digital mammography is a critical tool in this early detection.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine determined that digital mammograms were superior to film mammograms for women under 50 years of age, women with dense breasts and women who have not yet gone through menopause, or who have been in menopause less than one year.
Digital mammograms are stored electronically and can be analyzed by computers as well as by radiologists. They also take more views of each breast than traditional film mammograms and use less radiation.
Yearly mammograms are recommended for all women beginning at age 40 and continuing as long as they are in good health. Saint Joseph Berea expects to perform 2,000 mammograms this year.