Daniel E. HerronCarmichael, California
Dr. Herron decided to pursue a different medical specialty - radiology. He began practicing as a radiologist 12 years ago and for the past six years has specialized in breast imaging. He currently serves as the Director of Breast Imaging at Mercy Imaging Centers.
"In this role, I feel like I have the ability to really impact women's lives. While I don't like telling women they have breast cancer, if I can help find that cancer early and tell them that I know they will be cured, I feel really good about that."
Dr. Herron's passion for breast health and the role a radiologist plays in the diagnosis has personal roots... A radiologist diagnosed his own mother with breast cancer when she was 50. "My mother has survived breast cancer twice. She is now 82 and still here and I'm so grateful for that."
Dr. Herron's job has been a bit more challenging in recent years, as guidelines for when and how often women should get mammograms have been hotly debated. He says that while all studies show that having yearly mammograms starting at age 40 will save lives, what is debated is the cost - including the financial cost and the emotional cost of false positives.