Karen Narum is part of the wonderful team at TMC for Women Breast Center. Karen and the team at the Center use full-field digital mammography system as well as ultrasound and minimally invasive stereotactic biopsies. There are even on-site pathologists ensure quick delivery of test results. Meet Karen.
Where are you from? Tucson native or not? How long have you been in Tucson?
I am a Tucson Native. Actually, I lived in a small mining town just west of Marana named Silverbell. It is now a ghost town but was a great place to be a kid!
What do you love about Tucson?
I think I love the people of Tucson the most. No matter where I go I always seem to run into someone I know. You can look people in the eye and smile and get a smile back. Of course I love the sunsets and the mountains as well.
What do you do for fun?
Our family fun is usually centered around whatever my boys are doing, water skiing, racing…I also love to curl up with a good book.
What do you love about your job?
I am so fortunate to work with a wonderful group of women who are passionate about everything they do! I enjoy the interactions with our patients. I feel blessed that my position with TMC allows me time to educate, listen and guide patients through what is often a scary time for them and their families.
What do you want all women to know about breast health? About the center?
The greatest risk factor for acquiring breast cancer is having breasts. The majority of women who are diagnosed have no family history. That said, PLEASE continue to get regular screening mammograms. Researchers continue to work on other options, but at this point in time, mammography is still our best tool for early detection. I think the TMC Breast Center is a bit of a hidden gem. We are a small group of ladies that have worked in the field for many years. I love it when patients tell us we fell like a family, because that is exactly what we are. It’s not uncommon to see and /or receive hugs! It’s really simple, we treat patients the way we would want and expected to be treated.
What would you tell your 18 year old self, 25 year old self, 35 year old self?
Hmm… this one was hard. I would tell my 18 year old self to enjoy, time goes by way too fast, don’t be afraid to indulge in the little adventures that may come your way. At 25 I had a baby at home, how badly I wish I would have kept a journal to help preserve the details of all those precious moments that I thought I’d never forget. At 35 I was on the verge of being the mother of teenage boys…listen carefully, the house will never, ever be as clean as you think it should be quit wasting your time!