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Breast Health

Breast health is an important part of a woman’s overall health

One of the most important parts of breast health is screening otherwise-healthy women for breast cancer. At CMC’s Breast Care Center, we provide all women with comprehensive care for both benign and malignant breast disease. By empowering women with information and education, our patients partner with their providers in making decisions about their plan of care. Our entire team, from our fellowship-trained breast surgeon and chief of breast imaging to our technologists and nurse navigators, advocates for your breast health and well-being.

The Breast Care Center at CMC follows the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines for breast cancer screening for all our patients.
 

Recomended screening guidelines:
  • Woman of average risk should start routine, annual mammograms at age 40.
  • Women with increased risk, including those with dense breasts, may need to start screening prior to age 40 and may require imaging in addition to annual mammogram.
  • Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health. The breast health specialists at CMC recommend that you discuss your risk factors with your healthcare provider and develop a screening plan that’s right for you. Early detection of breast cancer saves lives and mammograms often spot breast tumors before they can be seen or felt.

Trust the team at CMC’s Breast Care Center to provide compassionate care to meet your needs.

Listen to our

Pinky Promise Podcasts

In recognition of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this NEW 2019 podcast collection is an excellent resource for basic definitions, detection and treatment options available at CMC.

DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT & TECHNOLOGIES

Specialties & Services

At the Breast Care Center, all of a woman’s breast health needs are managed in one, coordinated and connected system. In addition to advanced screening technology, the Breast Care Center provides:

  • Bone density screenings
  • Breast conservation
  • Consultation
  • Fine needle aspiration
  • Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Nipple sparing mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic surgery
  • Risk assessment

Advanced Screening Technology

Our sophisticated breast imaging equipment and novel techniques can help reduce call backs, spot abnormalities early, and reduce the number of follow-up tests for suspicious findings.Most of our advanced breast screening services are conveniently located at CMC’s Breast Care Center:

  • Digital screening mammography
  • Three-dimensional (3-D) mammography (tomosynthesis)
  • Digital diagnostic mammography
  • Automated breast ultrasound system (ABUS)
  • Breast MRI
  • Contrast enhanced mammography
  • Breast biopsy

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Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery

Hidden Scar™ breast cancer surgery is a type of breast cancer surgery where the incision sites are hidden, and scars are not visible when the incision heals. The Hidden Scar™ approach can be performed for both nipple sparing mastectomy or lumpectomy procedures. Hidden Scar breast cancer surgery is an advanced approach to removing breast cancer.

Scars matter! Dr. Jessica Ryan is highly skilled at removing the cancer and prioritizes your cosmetic outcome. While many women see their breast surgery scars as an empowering symbol of beating cancer, others do not. Studies show that breast surgery scars significantly impact a woman’s psychological and emotional recovery and quality of life after surgery because scars can have a large impact on a woman’s self-confidence, intimacy and body image.
 

Seeing the difference

can make the difference

Our state-of-the-art 3-D tomosynthesis mammography machinea Siemens Mammomat Revelation—takes both 2-D and 3-D images, and can be used for stereotactic 3-D biopsy and contrast enhanced mammography. The image clarity of the breast tissue allows us to detect and diagnosis breast cancer at the very earliest stage. It provides wide-angle breast tomosynthesis, providing a better view of breast tissue than a standard mammogram while using far less radiation.
 

Medical Director, CMC's Breast Care Center

Meet Dr Ryan

Breast surgeon Jessica Ryan says her goal is to combat cancer while preserving a patient’s sense of self and body image.

A Breast Care Center Patient

Patty's Podcast

WZID radio hosts Neal White and Marga Bessette chat with Patty, a Breast Care Center patient, about her cancer diagnosis, care and the importance of preventative screenings.

The sooner it's spotted

Ninety-eight percent of women survive breast cancer when found at the earliest stages. The sooner it’s spotted, the easier it is to treat.

  • If you have questions about what age to start your screening mammogram, speak to your primary care provider or call CMC’s Breast Health Nurse Navigator:

Did you know?

There are things you can do that may reduce your risk of breast cancer. These include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Add exercise into your routine
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Limit menopausal hormone use
  • Breastfeed, if you can
  • Know your family history

CMC Breast Care Center Saved My Life

Six days after Tami Houston’s 44th birthday, she found the lump. Less than two weeks later, the test results were in: breast cancer.

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Don't have health insurance?

You might be eligible for free screenings

Call us today to determine if you qualify for a free cancer screening and to register for an appointment.

Comprehensive Treatment Approach

Meet Our Breast Care Team

When treatment for breast cancer is required, our center offers a comprehensive treatment approach, with the latest technology, medical and surgical expertise and a variety of support services. Our care team includes: Fellowship trained breast surgeon, fellowship trained breast radiologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and nurse navigators.

Awards & Recognition
NAPBC Accreditation

Accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers ensures you have comprehensive care close to home.
June 2017

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ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

CMC is proud to be recognized by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE). The ACR recognizes the dedication of BICOE recipients to improving women’s health through participation in rigorous quality assurance programs. Additionally, the following breast imaging services: mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound are ACR accredited.

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