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The Atlanta Falcons have teamed up with the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory Universityand Emory Healthcare, the official team healthcare provider of the Falcons, to encourage annual breast cancer screenings through the "Crucial Catch" campaign.

Routine cancer screenings and getting expert treatment in the early stages are the most reliable strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Breast cancer is sometimes found after symptoms appear, but many women with breast cancer have no symptoms. The benefit of screenings and imaging is finding cancer early, when it's small and has not spread, which makes it easier to treat.

"The message is more important than ever now due to those who have missed or put off breast cancer screenings because of concerns caused by COVID-19," says Kevin Kalinsky, MD, MS, Director of the Emory Glenn Family Breast Center at Winship Cancer Institute.

The Emory Breast Imaging Center recommends:

·      Annual mammograms for all women beginning at age 40

·      A risk assessment by age 30 to see if you are at an increased risk for breast cancer—particularly Black and Jewish women and those with a strong family history. For some women, screening before age 40 might be beneficial.

Expert Treatment for Breast Cancer

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, or want a second opinion, turn to the Emory Glenn Family Breast Center at Winship. The center draws upon the vast resources of Emory Healthcare and Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University to bring together a multidisciplinary team of specialists in medical, surgical and radiation oncology, plastic surgery, breast imaging, pathology and genetic counseling.

Our comprehensive care teams also include patient navigators, oncology nurses and social workers. These teams develop personalized care plans based on the most current discoveries in breast cancer treatment and research.

Ready to Schedule Your Mammogram?

To request an appointment for a mammogram at one of our Breast Imaging Center locations across the Metro Atlanta area, call 404-778-0555 to speak with a scheduling coordinator.

Healthy ATL with Matt Ryan and Dr. Kevin Kalinsky

Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan talks with Winship Cancer Institute's Dr. Kevin Kalinsky about making a crucial catch against breast cancer and the importance of not putting off your annual mammogram.

A Breast Cancer Survivor's Story

Edo was leading a busy life with getting married, working and having a child. She missed her annual mammograms. After a few years, she decided to re-prioritize her health and get her mammogram. That's when she got the news. Edo had breast cancer at the age of 33. Watch her story.

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