NJ Doctors: Katie Couric Shares Important Message About Breast Cancer Screenings
The doctors at ProCure Proton Therapy Center applaud TV personality Katie Couric for bringing more attention to the importance of…
The doctors at ProCure Proton Therapy Center applaud TV personality Katie Couric for bringing more attention to the importance of annual mammograms as a life-saving tool against breast cancer.
Couric, the former host of NBC’s “Today Show,” was diagnosed in June after falling behind on her annual mammogram. After undergoing surgery in July and radiation treatment in September, Couric shared her story to raise awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
“Ms. Couric’s story highlights the importance of scheduling your annual mammogram, even if you’ve fallen behind,” said Dr. Brian Chon, ProCure Medical Director. “Unfortunately, data continues to show that women fell behind on their screenings during the pandemic and many have yet to catch up.”
The 5-year survival rate for breast cancer detected before it spreads is 99 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. But a statewide poll of more than 200 New Jersey women, conducted earlier this year by ProCure and MW Healthcare, found that nearly half of women ages 45 and older skipped their mammogram in 2021.
“Detecting breast cancer at an earlier, more treatment stage has a significant impact on the outcome of a diagnosis,” Dr. Chon said. “If you haven’t scheduled your mammogram in over a year, October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to do so.”
ProCure, New Jersey’s most experienced proton therapy Center, has treated more than 6,000 patients in its first 10 years. Proton therapy targets cancer more precisely than traditional radiation, which means less damage to nearby healthy tissue, including the heart and lungs.
Learn more: https://www.procure.com/breast-cancer/
ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, NJ, opened in March 2012 as the tri-state region’s first proton therapy facility, treating a range of cancers including disease of the prostate, breast, lung, brain, head and neck, and gastrointestinal system, as well as sarcomas and many pediatric cases. Using the most advanced radiation treatment available ProCure has treated more than 6,000 patients and enables many cancer patients to choose a non-surgical treatment personalized to their medical needs and lifestyles, often with fewer side effects and less downtime—giving them more freedom to enjoy what matters most in their lives. For more information, visit ProCure.com.