The Latest Technology to Help Manage Breast Health
One of the most important things a woman can do for herself and her family is to understand the importance of breast health and follow through with regular, age-appropriate exams.
To help women understand their risks, Providence offers a free breast cancer risk assessment. And while this assessment offers information, there’s no replacement for regular self exams and yearly mammograms, beginning at age 40 – or whenever your physician recommends.
Close to one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer. A lump or changes in the breast often are the first indications of breast cancer. Any such concerns should be checked immediately – early detection leads to the best possible outcomes.
Providence medical centers in Burbank, Mission Hills, Tarzana, Santa Monica, Torrance and San Pedro offer digital mammography for the clearest images, and our experts work together to read those images to determine if there are any irregularities. Providence cancer centers have invested in the latest technology to treat breast cancer and nurse navigators are there to provide compassionate guidance.
Breast cancer survival increases exponentially with early detection. Family history is significant – tell your doctor if breast or ovarian cancers run in your family – but anyone, men included, can get breast cancer. Ask your doctor how often you should get a mammogram.
One of the best ways to prevent cancer is to maintain good health. A healthy diet heavy on the fruits and vegetable and low on fat and alcohol consumption is linked to good breast health. Cancers don’t suddenly show up, and there are numerous causes. All we can do is limit our risks by following basic healthy living guidelines and working with our physicians on preventive care, screenings for early diagnosis and checks when something appears to go wrong.