Early detection improves the chances that breast cancer can be treated successfully. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) says a clinical breast exam by a healthcare professional should be a part of a woman's regular physical check-up. Click here for more information about breast cancer.
A mammogram is a special x-ray of the breast. Mammography can detect lumps and other forms of breast disease that may be too small to be felt by an experienced examiner. This early detection is your best opportunity for a total cure.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women have a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40 and receive a mammogram yearly after age 40. Women at high risk should have mammograms more often.
For most women, a diagnosis of breast cancer brings with it a host of medical questions and concerns, along with a variety of emotional issues.
To help you better manage your breast cancer care, Mercy Hospital's Breast Cancer Patient Navigator Program provides a specially trained nurse practitioner to guide you through the many phases of breast cancer, from diagnosis and treatment through post recovery. This service is available no matter where you receive treatment.
Sisters of Charity Hospital has been named a Certified Community Cancer Center by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Only one in four hospitals that treat cancer receives this special approval. Click here for more information.
Spotlight on Health
The Latest Developments in the Treatment of Breast Cancer – 96.1 JOY-FM, August 1, 2011
Download this thirty-minute radio program to hear from featured guests Dr. Ronald Bauer, a Catholic Health surgical oncologist whose practice is limited to breast surgery, and Candice Gerrity, a nurse practitioner and Certified Breast Cancer Navigator for Catholic Health.
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