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Is There Really a Key to the Cure?

Dr. Assikis at Saks Fifth AvenueOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and several local organizations, including Piedmont Cancer Institute, P.C., are getting into the spirit with fundraisers and pink-themed events. This past week, 150 women gathered at Saks Fifth Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia for the 5th Annual Doris Shaheen Breast Health Center event, Key to the Cure. Dr. Handel Reynolds, author of The Big Squeeze, began the night by sharing his examination of the political struggles this country has faced in order to stress the importance of mammography for women. After his lecture, Dr. Reynolds was joined by Dr. Vasily J. Assikis of Piedmont Cancer Institute, P.C. and Dr. William A. Barber of Barber & Richardson, PC as a panel of breast cancer experts. With the women of Atlanta leading the discussion, the three distinguished Physicians joined forces to answer each question as thoroughly and completely as possible.

The women's questions varied from what age they should begin regular mammography checkups to what they should do when their doctor tells them they have cancer. Many women in the crowd were breast cancer patients or survivors, while others were there supporting their loved ones through their cancer journey. Some of the women were there eagerly wanting to learn more.

“As we look over the past 20 years, we can see that more women are being diagnosed, but a much larger percentage of those women are surviving”, said Dr. Assikis. He continued by saying, “ Science changes from year to year, but encouraging others to be checked regularly is something we can all do every day. Because of our progression in technology, doctors are able to catch cancer at earlier stages, meaning women can be treated quicker and less invasively.”

The most important message all three doctors would like to promote is that yearly mammograms are the best way to help prevent breast cancer!

For more information about Piedmont Cancer Institute, P.C. (PCI) or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Assikis, please call 770-350-9853. You may also visit PCI’s website at www.PiedmontCancerInstitute.com. PCI is now on Facebook!

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