‘I wanted to shout it to the world, I’m a survivor!’

Published 5:19 pm Sunday, October 20, 2019

Last October, Jaqueline Beale was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer one year after her annual mammogram came back clean. “This has changed my whole life,” said Beale.

When a self-exam didn’t feel right, she knew she needed to make a difficult call. Dr. Nicole Yeshtokin with Southampton Memorial Hospital is the doctor who first diagnosed Beale with stage 3 breast cancer and performed the double mastectomy.

Although the surgery could have been performed by other hospitals in Norfolk, Beale said it was Yeshtokin’s compassionate care and consideration of her feelings that kept her in Franklin. “Dr. Yeshtokin, she’s my God-sent angel,” Beale said about the surgeon who she credits with saving her life. “She’s a sweet and beautiful person.”

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Beale continued, “I thank God that I’m here. God has given me a second chance at life.” She said through it all, Yeshtokin was by her side offering support and a warm smile.

While a self-exam revealed a lump in Jaqueline, the American College of Radiology recommends an annual mammogram for women of average risk starting at age 40. According to the CDC, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

“If you don’t get screened, you may never know,” said Yeshtokin. Screening mammograms like the ones offered at Southampton Memorial Hospital can help detect breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages.

“We can treat nearly all breast cancers if we find it early enough,” Yeshtokin added.

Southampton Memorial Hospital is offering 2D Screening Mammograms for $99 through a partnership with MDSave.com. The offer is available until Oct. 31, and the vouchers expire one year from the date of purchase.

To request an appointment with Dr. Yeshtokin:

  • 757-562-6181
  • MySouthamptonDoc.com, click on “Providers”

To learn more about the $99 Mammogram Special from Southampton Memorial Hospital:

  • Get a referral from your physician or health care professional
  • Go to mdsave.com/mammogram to purchase your voucher (Select 2D Mammograms, then click on Southampton Memorial Hospital)
  • Call SMH’s Imaging Center to schedule your mammogram 757-569-6408
  • Bring the $99 mammogram voucher to your appointment

This is for a digital 2D mammogram screening of both breasts, for women who exhibit no signs or symptoms of any disease, complaint, or abnormality. It also includes computer-aided detection (CAD) of lesions obtained during the mammogram.

Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. An order from a physician or qualified health care provider is required. If the patient does not have a provider, a list will be provided for selection. All mammogram reports will be sent to the provider, and the patient is responsible for follow-up.

Check with your insurance provider to confirm coverage for a screening mammogram.