Cox Monett Hospital is actively engaged in the fight against breast cancer. In addition to hosting the monthly Breast Friends support group meeting, the local hospital is investing in state-of-the-art diagnostics.
Cox Monett is currently in the process of upgrading to a digital mammography machine, according to Janell Patton, director of community relations and volunteer services.
"Digital mammography takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer," said Patton. "It uses less radiation than film mammography, and it can be stored and transmitted electronically."
Digital mammography has also proven to provide better images than film, especially for women with dense breasts, Patton said.
"We can change the brightness and contrast, and we can magnify and demagnify the image," said Patton. "So there's a lot we can do with the new technology."
Patton reminds women that monthly breast self exams are also an important part of a women's breast health regimen.
"Breast self exams help you become aware of the normal look and feel of your breasts, so you can report any changes to your doctor right away," Patton said.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Hospital Auxiliary is hosting its first-ever Pink Tea on Oct. 17 at the First United Methodist Church in Monett.
The event, which has already sold out, includes a luncheon, a hat contest and a silent auction. All proceeds from the Pink Tea will benefit the Cox Health Foundation's Breast Cancer Fund with the money earmarked for helping women in Barry and Lawrence counties who are battling breast cancer.
The Auxiliary also recently renovated the hospital's mammography room, using neutral, pleasing colors to make patients more comfortable.
"The room was very sterile before," said Patton. "We warmed it up a bit."