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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

“I was lucky that I injured my shoulder and needed an MRI,” says Theresa Naro of Scranton. The clinical nurse supervisor was stunned when her MRI results showed enlarged lymph nodes. “I ran into Dr. Farrell in the hallway of the hospital and asked what I should do.” Surgeon Timothy Farrell, MD, suggested she start with a mammogram.

As a busy grandmother, mom and nurse, Theresa was overdue for her annual screening, but as she put it, “Sometimes it’s easier taking care of everyone else than it is to stop to take care of yourself.”

Her mammogram showed early-stage breast cancer. Radiologist Christine Policare, MD, delivered the results. “When Dr. Policare told me it was breast cancer she said, ‘It’s OK. You’re going to be OK.’ And I believed her,” Theresa said.

After a lumpectomy and radiation, Theresa now feels great — well enough that she signed up to walk the Race for the Cure with her family. “When I registered for this year’s race, there’s a box you can check if you’re a survivor. That’s when it hit me: I am a breast cancer survivor.”

Mammograms help detect breast cancer early. And early diagnosis leads to better outcomes. If you’re due for your annual screening, schedule your next mammogram. 
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