Guidelines for the Girls 
Friday, 14 October 2011 

Defend Your Girls with Frye Regional Medical Center in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

 Every day of the week, Frye Regional Medical Center bears witness to the threat that breast cancer holds for women in the Greater Hickory Metro area. In the United States, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women with rates higher than any other cancer after lung cancer.

Frye Regional Medical Center was named a Nationally Accredited Program for Breast Centers in 2011.
Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.  During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease.  The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.  A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients a full range of state-of-the-art services.

There is no time to stand idly by and allow this to happen to our community without a fight. Prevention means taking action and Frye is ready to train a few good women (and men) in tactics to win the battle against breast cancer.

 “Breast cancer prevention begins with healthy habits – you can beat the odds by being physically active, limiting alcohol intake and eating food that nourishes your body. Aside from lifestyle changes, the MOST IMPORTANT ACTION a woman can take is to follow early detection guidelines – early detection is our greatest hope,” explains Frye oncologist Richard Orlowski, MD.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has made it official: breast cancer is best treated when caught in the earlier stages. Screenings not only catch the first signs of breast cancer but have also surprisingly been shown to reduce mortality rates.

Providing the Greater Hickory area with the most up-to-date information regarding breast cancer health and prevention has become Frye’s mission. We are learning more every day so that not one more mother, sister, daughter or wife is needlessly lost to the disease. To register for a screening mammogram, call 828-315-3906, or 828-315-3391 for physician referral. For more information on Frye’s Spirit of Women program, log onto or call 1-877-31WOMEN.