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Published on December 01, 2021

Early Detection is Our Best Defense Against Breast Cancer

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Linda Hanseth hadn't had a screening mammogram in over 20 years.

The 70-year-old lifelong Sultan resident had a particularly painful experience years earlier and avoided returning for regular screenings, instead doing her best to push the potential consequences from her thoughts.

But one spring, during a visit to her primary care provider Linda noticed EvergreenHealth's mobile mammography coach stationed outside EvergreenHealth Primary Care in Sultan and took note.

During her appointment, clinical staff mentioned the coach's walk-in screening availability and left Linda with information about the mobile mammography services.

"I had no intention of following up, but the next day I found myself dialing the number to make an appointment for a mammogram," Linda recalled.

It turns out it was one of the best calls she's ever made.

Catching Breast Cancer At An Early Age

Linda was scheduled promptly for a screening mammogram aboard the coach in Sultan, and though it wasn't completely painless, she describes the experience much more positively than her prior mammograms – and abundantly worthwhile.

The 3-D screening detected a mass, and it was stage II breast cancer.

Linda's care team at EvergreenHealth quickly began coordinating a treatment plan that included surgery and radiation at EvergreenHealth's main campus in Kirkland.

Members of the care team at EvergreenHealth have decades of experience. You can be assured by their ability to anticipate your needs and questions at every step along the treatment path. Despite her diagnosis, Linda said she remained at peace throughout the process knowing that she was in good hands.

She said the EvergreenHealth team made it easy for her to consider all of her options and to pick the right treatment plan. Today, Linda Hanseth is cancer-free and a passionate advocate for breast health screening. "Now I tell everyone, just do it. It may save your life."

For More Information on Breast Cancer Care at EvergreenHealth

Schedule a 3-D mammogram at the mobile coach or Breast Health Center

Learn more about the Breast Health Center at EvergreenHealth

Learn about Cancer Care at the Halvorson Cancer Center

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