Your Breast Health: When It’s More Than a Routine Screening


In a three-part video series, Best Medicine goes in depth on breast cancer detection with one patient’s story and expert advice from physicians and nurses. In the second video, patient April Durnil describes what took place after her diagnosis, while Renown’s experts talk about the types of diagnostic tests and support available at the health network.

As April Durnil discovered, her regular mammogram ended up being more than just a routine screening. It was cancer, and she made a decision with her medical team to receive a double mastectomy in order to be sure the cancer would not come back.

“I only had cancer in the left breast, but I chose to take them both,” she said. “I didn’t want there to be even the possibility of cancer coming back. I have a young child, so I didn’t want to have to worry about my health. That way, I could eliminate the risk altogether.”


Durnil’s cancer was caught early at Renown Breast Health Center, and she received treatment through the Renown Institute for Cancer.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

A variety of diagnostic tests may be ordered if a mammogram reveals potential cancer. The tests look for masses in the breasts, which may be benign cysts or tumors. It’s possible that a biopsy may be ordered in order to determine if these masses are indeed cancerous.

As a certified breast center, Renown offers a lot of support services for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This not only includes treatment, but also a Cancer Nurse Navigator who can help with additional referrals, work on the physician’s plan of care and remove any barriers to treatment, such as support for missed work or transportation concerns.


Breast Cancer Screening and Prevention at Renown

Breast cancer begins when abnormal cells in the breast grow out of control. These cells form tumors that can grow into the surrounding tissue and spread to other parts of the body. Breast cancer occurs mostly in women, but men can also develop breast cancer.

To schedule a mammogram or whole breast ultrasound, call 775-982-8100 or schedule an appointment online.