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The Phoebe Cancer Center hosted an open house today to show off their new Carlton Breast Health Center in its new location at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

The center went from a 2,000 square foot building to a new 10,000 square foot space, not only is this convenient for the workers, but the patients as well. Manager Linda Whitten wants her patients to be as comfortable as possible.

"Our patients are going to be under one area. We've outgrown that space so this is going to be a big benefit for our patients," said Whitten.

The center has all new technology. They have digital scanning technology to get a more accurate picture of what their looking for. New mammogram machines helps Whitten's employees make sure the patients who visit the center keep coming back.

"A mammogram is not everybody's favorite thing to have and we want people to come back every year so we try to get them a nice environment to come in, great technicians to work with and the best equipment possible," said Whitten.

This equipment helps the workers at the Breast Cancer Center detect the cancer before it gets worse.

About 1 in every 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime so early detection is the best chance of survival.

There are several ways to detect breast cancer in early stages.

"All women should do their self breast exam, see their doctor yearly and, of course, have their mammogram. All three of those things are the best thing they can do for early detection," said Whitten.

When the right precautions are taken, breast cancer can be treated properly, and that can mean the difference between life and death.

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