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A Positive Look at Breast Health

Fortunately, advances in comprehensive breast care, from early detection to reconstructive surgery, are significantly improving the outlook for millions of women.

Better diagnostic options.  For women age 40 or older, a yearly mammogram is the most effective defense against breast cancer.  With new digital mammography, cancer can be detected very early -- when the survival rate is up to 98%.  Get your annual mammogram today.  It’s a fast and easy step you can take for better health.

If a mammogram shows any abnormalities, or if you have dense breasts or other issues which may make detection more difficult, your doctor may recommend additional screening.  An ultrasound using whole breast ultrasound technology (ABUS) to detect lumps not found on a mammogram, an MRI that can create a detailed picture of the inside of the breast, or a biopsy can then be used to detect or rule out cancer.  Learn more about diagnostic options.

Better ways of understanding and managing risk.  Many women are unaware that they have a higher than normal risk for breast cancer.  But understanding your risk factors can help you and your doctor take a more proactive approach to screening, diagnosis and treatment.  Our Breast Health risk assessment can help identify if you have an elevated risk for breast cancer. It only takes 5-10 minutes. Take the assessment now.

Leading-edge cancer care. If breast cancer is detected, our experts are ready. We do all we can to accelerate diagnosis and treatment from our multidisciplinary team. We connect each woman with a caring nurse navigator to explain every aspect of care, answer questions and help her understand her options. Treatment is personalized and depends on the stage of the disease, the size of the tumor, lab results, the patient’s age and general health, and decisions a woman makes with her doctor regarding surgery and reconstruction. Compared to the national data from thousands of breast cancer cases, El Camino Hospital exceeds the national trend for five-year survival. Learn more about our Cancer Program.

Better reconstruction procedures.  Breast reconstruction can be an important part of healing and returning to wellness at the end of cancer treatments.  Yet 70% of women who are eligible for surgery aren’t aware of the advanced options now available to them. “Oncoplastic” surgery is a new specialty that combines oncology and plastic surgery.  The result is less invasive procedures and improved cosmetic results.  For women just beginning their cancer treatments as well as those years or even decades past their mastectomy surgery, new breast reconstruction options can provide amazing results that wouldn’t have been possible before.
Learn more about our Breast Reconstruction Program

El Camino Hospital’s Breast Health Center provides personalized and comprehensive breast care, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and reconstruction.  Learn more about our Breast Health Center.

This article first appeared in the October 2014 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter and was updated in October 2015. 

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