Physicians Open State-of-the-Art Breast Cancer Screening Clinic in Harrison
On October 1, 2018, the physicians of The Breast Center, A MANA Clinic, opened the doors of a state-of-the-art breast cancer screening clinic at 502 North Walnut Street in Harrison, Arkansas. The physicians are Drs. Danna Grear, Kevin Pope, Steven Harms, Kelly Pierce, Britton Bennett Lott, Katherine Rankin and Whitney Manlove Sipe.
The Breast Center in Harrison offers 3D mammography, also known as tomography, one of the most effective screening methods for detecting breast cancer. 3D mammography can detect cancers too small for conventional mammograms to find. 3D mammography is proven to find 41% more invasive cancers, earlier, while simultaneously reducing the chance of getting called back for additional tests.
Tomosynthesis is similar to a conventional mammogram, but it is more accurate. The process is virtually the same for the patient, although tomosynthesis takes a few seconds longer than a conventional mammogram. The main difference is that the 3D exam is capturing multiple images from several different angles to create a multi-layer or 3D image. Each 1-millimeter layer provides a clear image that the doctor can look at individually. This allows the doctor to get a more detailed look at the breast tissue, making it easier to detect breast cancer.
“Finding breast cancer early while its easily treatable is key,” said Dr. Britton Bennett Lott. “Ninety-six percent of women treated for early-stage breast cancer are disease-free five years after diagnosis.” Dr. Lott graduated from Harrison High School in 1999 and, 20 years later, is looking forward to bringing high-quality breast care to her hometown. “Being able to provide cutting-edge breast imaging to the women of Harrison, from my former teachers to my classmates and their mothers and grandmothers is what makes this special.”
In addition to offering screening and diagnostic mammograms, the physicians offer breast ultrasound and needle biopsy at the Breast Center in Harrison.
The Harrison clinic is the third location. Drs. Danna Grear and Kevin Pope founded The Breast Center, A MANA Clinic, in 2003 in Fayetteville as the first independent breast center in Arkansas. They opened a second location in Bentonville in 2006. The physicians will rotate between the three centers. The Breast Center employs a full-time receptionist and a mammography technologist at the Harrison clinic.
The Breast Center contracted Butch May Construction to renovate the 1,800 square foot building at 502 North Walnut Street. Contractor Josh Thomason said the renovations include expanding the lobby, creating three private dressing rooms, rooms for the 3D mammography machine and the ultrasound machine, and a reading room for the doctor. At the front entrance, they added a new glass door and an awning. Additional parking will be available across the street at the Northside Church of Christ.
Regular screening mammography starting at age 40 years reduces breast cancer mortality in average-risk women. A yearly screening mammogram is covered 100% by most insurance plans as a wellness benefit.
The Breast Center in Harrison will be open 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. They will be accepting walk-ins for Mammograms as well as appointments. For more information or to schedule a mammogram, call toll free 866-718-6266 or request an appointment online.