Accredited Breast Care Program

Accredited Breast Care Program

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Cancer Screening: Beating Your Fears for Good

Many people avoid cancer screenings, even if they schedule yearly physical exams. One reason is inconvenience.  Another reason is fear.  

However, many cancers can be treated successfully, or at least kept in check, if caught early enough. And the screenings represent the best route to early detection.

The longer the cancer is in the body, and the longer it remains untreated, the more likely it will move to another part of the body through the circulatory system or lymph glands. 

The good news is that being screened for cancer doesn't have to be a traumatic experience for anyone.

Steps to take

Exactly what screenings you should have depends on your age and risk factors. Children and teens, for instance, don't need screening. Adults should start with a physical exam and then ask a doctor which screenings are needed. 

Here are some tips to help people overcome their fears of screenings:

  • Do as much research about cancer screenings as possible. Don't just rely on the popular media. Find reliable sources to verify information you find in popular media.

  • Take a friend with you who has already been through a screening.

  • Don't be afraid it will hurt. While some screenings may be uncomfortable (such as a mammogram), none should be painful.

Finally, tell your friends to get the screenings. You can help a great deal by going out and encouraging people to get their cancer screenings. Even if you can encourage just one person to get screened just one time a year, that can help.

What does the Breast Care Program offer?
A coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to better serve patients diagnosed with breast disease. We look at the whole process, including mammography, pathology, treatment protocols, physician coordination and ongoing support after diagnosis of either benign or malignant problems. Our goal is to help make the patient’s experience easier, smoother and less daunting. Coordination between various care providers can be significant, with referrals coming from OB/GYNs, family practitioners and internists; diagnosis by radiologists, surgeons and pathologists; and treatment by surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, and, sometimes, plastic surgeons. There are also services to support the breast patient, including the availability of a Patient Navigator. Our Wellspring center offers products and support services to address needs during treatment and recovery.

What is a Patient Navigator? 

If my mammogram is abnormal, do I have breast cancer?
Abnormal mammogram findings do not automatically mean a diagnosis of breast cancer but may require further evaluation and follow-up. Abnormal breast tissue may be classified in a number of ways and can indicate either a benign condition or cancer.

Our approach to treating breast cancer 

Is there someone I can call about my questions or concerns? If you have questions or concerns or would like to learn more about the services provided by our fully-accredited breast care program, call us toll-free at 855-984-4673.

What does fully-accredited mean? .

Support services for women's health 

Breast Health Empowerment Outreach Project