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Kelly Cares Foundation helps bring new breast cancer technology to St. Joe Regional


 "Cutting-edge", that's what Saint Joe Regional Medical Center is calling the newly advanced Paqui and Brian Kelly Comprehensive Breast Center. Thursday marked the dedication of the center. Clergy celebrated with a blessing, and the Kelly family followed with a few words on their reasons for wanting to help,

"If you're having to battle with cancer, make it a little bit better, you know, the odds better in your favor," says Paqui Kelly, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003.

There are two new technologies available with the new advancements: 3D mammography, and Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI). 3D mammography takes an image of the breast in intricate layers, creating a clearer image of the breast. MBI does not include breast compression, rather an IV is put in a woman's arm. Within 40 minutes, doctors can see if a woman has breast cancer or not using MBI technology. MBI is especially useful for women with dense breast tissue. All in all, both advancements are more efficient and result in less re-do mammograms for all women. Saint Joe Med Center is offering free 3D mammograms from now until January. They normally cost around $100-$150.
The funds for the technology come from the Kelly Cares Foundation. The Foundation created by the Brian Kelly family five years ago aims to support organizations who uphold three core values: health, education, and community.

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