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Radiologist Erik Fraley, M.D., has been serving patients at King’s Daughters for over 13 years. Dr. Fraley oversees King’s Daughters Breast Care Center, evaluating routine and diagnostic mammography images, as well as breast MRIs and breast ultrasounds. When a breast biopsy is required, Dr. Fraley performs these. In January 2019, he became the lead interpretive physician for mammography.
An area native, he attended Raceland High School. In 2001, he graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and went on to intern at the University of Louisville Hospital. In 2006, he completed his radiology residency at West Virginia University Medical Center.
Dr. Fraley said he enjoys working with the Breast Center staff, noting they are all wonderful at helping capture high-quality imaging to detect breast cancer in patients. He pointed out this plays a major role in a patient’s outcomes.
“It’s really nice to impact people’s lives and find things they didn’t know were there,” Dr. Fraley said. “What we’re trying to do is catch a cancer when you can’t feel it and barely see it. That way we can take it out and a patient can live their life.”
He added it is rewarding when patients show their appreciation for his efforts. “It’s just a good feeling that you’re providing a good service for the community,” he said.
It’s important that women perform monthly breast self-examinations to check for abnormalities, Dr. Fraley said, noting a woman knows her breasts better than anyone. He suggests that women also begin yearly mammography screenings at the age of 40 unless they have a genetic mutation or relatives with a history of breast cancer. These individuals should begin screening earlier than 40, the exact age of which depends on the individual circumstances, Dr. Fraley said.
Dr. Fraley said the biggest mistake he sees among women is neglecting to have their yearly mammogram. He noted only half of women who are of age to have a mammogram actually get one annually and in some groups and areas, less than that.
“It can be easy to get caught up in your day-to-day life. Remember to take care of yourself,” said Dr. Fraley.