Exceptional Education and Support

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Exceptional education and support
The Breast Center provides an exceptional array of breast cancer education and support resources, including:

  • For women with a family history of breast cancer or other special concerns, risk assessment, genetic testing for the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene, and genetic counseling are available by physician referral
  • Individual and group education on breast self-examination
  • Center staff provides up-to-date information on community-based breast cancer support groups as well as local, state and national advocacy and support organizations
  • For every biopsy patient, educational literature on breast cancer is available, providing a wealth of information and educational resources.
  • Survivorship care plans are given to patients who have completed their treatment. These provide a summary of treatment received and the expected follow-up in the future.

Types of breast conditions and breast cancer treated
The Anderson Regional Breast Center breast specialists treat all types of breast conditions, including:

  • Atypia
  • In situ (or non-invasive) breast cancer
  • Invasive ductal breast cancer
  • Invasive lobular breast cancer
  • Inflammatory breast cancer
  • Paget's disease
  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • Nipple discharge
  • Breast pain
  • Fibrocystic breast syndrome
  • Short term follow-up of benign biopsy
  • Short term follow-up of radiographic changes
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Patient with benign breast history
  • Mastitis/abscess

Early Detection is the Key
Because our primary goal has always been to deliver quality care to our patients, we are now offering digital mammography as part of our women's health diagnostic services. Mammograms play a central part in the early detection of breast cancer because they can detect changes in the breast that may be early signs of cancer, but are too small or subtle to be felt. The use of digital mammography has greatly enhanced the ability to detect breast cancers at earlier stages and a must for women with dense breast tissue. Remember that an annual mammogram is one of your best defenses against breast cancer.

American Cancer Society Recommendations

  • Mammogram yearly, beginning at age 40
  • Breast exam yearly by your physician
  • Self-breast exam monthly