From the CEO
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women born today in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her life, according to the American Cancer Society.
The good news? Annual mammograms can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable. In fact, mammograms can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. In this issue, you’ll meet four remarkable women who are celebrating life after surviving breast cancer.
From the tiniest newborns to senior citizens, Aiken Regional continues to advance minimally invasive surgical procedures. At The Vein Center, Thomas Paxton, MD performs advanced surgical techniques that address varicose veins and other venous disorders more effectively – with less pain, fewer complications and shorter recovery times.
In this issue, you’ll also “get the skinny” on laparoscopic gastric banding, a minimally invasive weight loss procedure offered at Aiken Regional. The procedure is performed without the need to redirect or suture the intestinal tract, and is one of the least invasive and safest operations available for severe obesity.
We hope you and your family will join us for a night of holiday cheer at our annual Christmas at the Lake celebration, scheduled for December 12.
Chief Executive Officer
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