Good breast care

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and represents 14% of all new cancers in the United States and risks increase with age.  Mammograms are an essential safety check for women between the ages of 55 – 64.  Screening for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease means treatment is more likely to succeed.

3D Mammography, an imaging tool available at Jefferson Healthcare, detects cancers otherwise hidden.  3D mammography finds cancers earlier and reduces false positives; it finds 27 percent more cancers and decreases the chance of being called back for another look by up to 40 percent.  3D technology allows us to see breast tissue detail in a way never possible and helps find breast cancer at its earliest stages when it’s the most treatable.

Prioritizing regular health maintenance provides a necessary reference point to overall health, and the earlier problems are detected, the better outcomes can be.  Recently Jefferson County resident Ellen Ostern completed her regular mammogram.  She is consistent with her health screenings, and when asked if she ever got nervous about her mammogram, she cheerfully replied, “I expect my mammogram to be normal, and this will be another year I don’t have cancer!”  Her positive outlook was reflected in the care and attention she received in the Diagnostic Imaging Clinic.  She was met at the door by Casey, a female technician, who “was so careful to make the experience as comfortable as possible for me.”  Ellen prioritizes her health and could feel, through Casey’s professional and warm demeanor, that she did too.

The mammography team at Jefferson Healthcare offers this advice: “Good breast care involves a combination of three important steps: monthly self-exams, an annual exam by a health care professional, and mammograms.”  Jefferson Healthcare continues to invest in advanced technologies and facilities to meet the community’s screening needs and to keep care local. – October 15, 2021

Jefferson Healthcare prioritizes complete care for our patients and the ability to provide the right type of services for our patients is critical.  We are adding two new services lines to Diagnostic Imaging: Stereotactic Breast Biopsy and a MRI Breast Coil.  These services will allow doctors to identify abnormalities with exact precision and are services which, in the past, could only be accessed out of the area.

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