St. John's Medical Center

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, so it helps to know how to detect it early and what the most up-to-date medical treatments are.

To that end, St. John’s Medical Center is hosting a panel discussion on breast cancer imaging with Huntsman Cancer Institute radiologist Dr. Phoebe Freer as the keynote speaker. Freer, who is chief of the breast imaging section of University of Utah Health, will talk about advances in breast imaging, screening guidelines and additional tests for women with increased risks.

The free talk will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Wort Hotel, and refreshments will be served, according to the event flyer.

Freer’s talk will start things off, followed by a panel of doctors discussing local treatment options available to women in Jackson. The panel will feature Drs. Berit Amundson, Sean Haling, Bobby Jones, Randy Kjorstad, Lindsay Love and John Payne, as well as nurse practitioner Kerry Carr.

“Our affiliation with Huntsman has a strong community health education component,” St. John’s Communications Coordinator Karen Connelly said in an email. “We do this type of event once or twice a year as a partnership.”

In talking about local health care, the panel will delve into the range of services offered at the hospital, plus its partnership with Huntsman. The speakers will also talk about a relatively new honor St. John’s received from the American College of Radiology, which named it the region’s sole Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

That distinction means that the hospital is accredited in mammography by the college or a Food and Drug Administration-approved body, and in stereotactic breast biopsy, breast MRI and breast ultrasound by the American College of Radiology.

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Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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