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Top Breast Cancer Surgeon Now Part Of West Clinic

Breast Cancer Richard E. Fine, MD, FACS, one of the top breast cancer surgeons in the country is now part of the West Clinic Comprehensive Breast Center premier medical team along with Michael P. Berry, MD, FACS, and Roy M. Oswaks, MD. Dr. Fine can be considered as one of the pioneers in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer using a new image-guided biopsy method.

Usually, when a lump in the breast is found, a biopsy is done to get a sample of the tissue and examine if it is cancerous or not. Sometimes, breast biopsies require major surgery. The image-guided biopsy method is a less invasive procedure. A tissue sample is taken using a needle that is guided to the exact location of the mass by using high-end imaging equipment like an MRI or Ultrasound.

Speaking of breast cancer, did you know that new Tennessee health insurance plans cover breast cancer screenings with no out-of-pocket costs? One of the mandates of the health care reform law is to cover 100 percent of the cost for preventive care services. This includes breast cancer screenings like mammography.

Breast cancer has a very good treatment prognosis when detected at an early stage. One of the reasons why women procrastinate getting a mammogram is because it is expensive. However, with every delay that we make, it is an opportunity for cancer to spread. Now, you don’t have to worry about the cost since breast cancer screenings are fully covered by your Tennessee health insurance plan. You don’t even have to meet your plan’s deductible or pay a co-insurance and co-pay. You simply have to seek care from an in-network provider so won’t have any out-of-pocket cost.

Free breast cancer screenings start for women ages 40 and above. Aside from mammograms, there are other cancer screening procedures that are covered such as Pap smear tests to determine the presence of cervical cancer. Just a reminder: There are a lot of things that women can do to detect breast cancer at an early stage, when the disease can be successfully treated. You can even reduce your risk of developing cancer in the first place through simple lifestyle modifications such as eating fruits and vegetables and getting exercise.

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