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Death of Edwards is reminder of mammogram importance

Carole Krodel, 63, Johnsburg, had a dentist appointment that turned into a cancer diagnosis. Krodel, who works near her dentist’s office, had two hours to kill between getting off work and having her teeth cleaned. Consequently, she chose to fill her time by scheduling a mammogram at the Centegra Gavers Breast Center.”The mammogram led to a biopsy, which unfortunately did not have desirable results,”  said Lynn Griesmaier, Breast Health Navigator at the center.

Krodel, who did not originally believe that a local healthcare system could perform diagnostics with the same skill set as one in Chicago, traveled downtown to hear what doctors had to say. After listening to the physicians in Chicago, Krodel realized the physicians at Centegra recommended the same treatment and process. She returned to McHenry and is currently being treated at the Centegra Sage Cancer Center. Fortunately, Krodel’s cancer is in a very early stage.”The mammogram wouldn’t have caught it six months ago,”  said Krodel. “I’m grateful it was such good timing.”

For Elizabeth Edwards, that was not the case. A loving mother with a passion for campaigning on behalf of her husband, 2004 presidential candidate John Edwards, she simply forgot to schedule her 2003 annual mammogram. In 2004, Edwards remembered to schedule and go to her annual mammogram, which led to a biopsy and the diagnosis of stage four cancer.  Edwards became a national activist and spokesperson on behalf of breast cancer. For three years, Edwards went into remission and continued to support the cause of fighting breast cancer. In 2007 the cancer returned and on Dec. 7 she passed away.

Krodel recently began her battle and much like Edwards, is now serving as an activist for annual mammograms. She said, “If you are concerned about it, you can make the time. You’ll do things that are silly for a half hour, like standing in line at a store. Why not this?” 

Centegra Health System is recognized as having one of a few cancer programs in the state to receive the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Additionally, with state-of-the-art equipment and practices, the Centegra Sage Cancer Center and new Centegra Gavers Breast Center are staffed with a team of highly-specialized oncology professionals. Patients needing additional follow-up may be referred to Centegra’s conveniently located medical imaging departments for various state-of-the-art diagnostic breast exams including ultrasounds, breast MRIs and PET/CTs.Centegra Hospital – McHenry is recognized as having one of a few cancer programs in the state to receive the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Additionally, all the Centegra Sage Cancer Center and Centegra Gavers Breast Center nurses are oncology certified.