What to Expect
Getting a mammogram, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI scans are the first steps in the early detection process. Because most women with breast cancer are diagnosed through a mammogram, it is vital for all women to get begin screening at age 40. For women with a strong family history of breast cancer or a past history of cancer themselves, it is recommended to begin screening even earlier. While mammography can indicate an abnormality, a diagnosis of breast cancer cannot be confirmed without a biopsy. In the event of a problematic mammogram, a patient whose history suggests a high risk of cancer, or who has symptoms such as a breast lump, changes in the skin, or nipple discharge, CarePoint Health has all of the necessary knowledge, equipment, and tests to properly evaluate your situation.
A patient whose mammogram indicates reason for concern already has a team in place to begin evaluating the problem and proposing solutions. The journey begins with a nurse navigator, who will act as your guide during this often-stressful early period by making appointments, answering questions, and steering patients towards important and informative resources. Then, a team of physicians, nurses, and technicians will work to develop a plan that is particularly suited to your needs and wishes, and to explore the various options available, whether conventional treatment or innovative practices. Even after treatment, the team will continue to monitor your recovery and progress, forging a bond that you will carry with you throughout your life.
From imaging and diagnosis to treatment, surgery, reconstruction, and after care, CarePoint Health is at the forefront of breast health care. To ensure that you get the best quality care, please call one of our facilities to schedule an appointment. Your well-being is our number-one priority.