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Behind Every Mammogram Is A Life Worth Saving

Comprehensive breast care for women at Columbus Regional Health.


From education and routine screenings to diagnostic tests and follow up.

Even though there are 300,000 new cases of breast cancer each year, there are over 3 million breast cancer survivors. Early detection is the key. At Columbus Regional Breast Care Center, we help navigate women through their breast care—from routine screenings and procedures to such advanced diagnostics as 3D mammography, breast ultrasound and breast MRI. If abnormalities are discovered, we work closely with the John B. Amos Cancer Center to develop a prompt and accurate course of treatment.

For women who have breast cancer, the survival rate is up to 99 percent when it’s discovered and diagnosed in stage 0 or stage 1. Our goal is to prevent cancer and to ensure that every woman is able to live a full, healthy, normal life.

HOW THE BREAST CARE CENTER IS DIFFERENT

HOW THE BREAST CARE CENTER IS DIFFERENT

The Breast Care Center at Columbus Regional Health offers a unique level of care in the Columbus region. Ours is the only center to be certified as an American College of Radiology Center of Excellence. This designation is only awarded to select institutions that meet the requirements of the stringent accreditation process. We have the only fellowship-trained breast imaging radiologists in the region. And we offer same day results for many routine and diagnostic screenings.

A PROACTIVE APPROACH

A PROACTIVE APPROACH

At the Breast Care Center, we use a tracking, monitoring and reporting service to ensure that no test result, no abnormality and no scheduled screening gets overlooked. Mag View® keeps you and your doctor in the know when it comes to your breast health. Both you and your physician will receive reports about your tests and you’ll get reminders when it’s time to schedule your next screening.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

WHAT YOU CAN DO

When it comes to breast cancer, there are things you can control and things you can’t control. But you should always be proactive about your breast health. Know your risk factors (see below). Avoid lifestyle choices and conditions that increase your chance of breast cancer. And by all means, get screened regularly as 85 percent of breast cancers are spontaneous and not related to hereditary factors. The American Board of Radiology recommends yearly screening beginning at 40 years of age.

WHAT IF IT'S CANCER?

WHAT IF IT'S CANCER?

At the Breast Care Center, we want to see you before you feel a lump. But if a routine screening reveals an abnormality and subsequent diagnostic tests confirm breast cancer, we work in concert with the John B. Amos Cancer Center to help attack the cancer and get you on the road to recovery. Our radiologists use ultrasound and stereotactic biopsies to help your oncologist identify the cancer. We employ 3D mammography and breast MRI to help surgeons “see” the cancerous tissue. We even perform needle localization procedures, which involves inserting a tiny wire to the precise location of the abnormal tissue so your surgeon can remove it.

A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM ON YOUR SIDE

A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM ON YOUR SIDE

If cancer is diagnosed, the fellowship-trained breast imaging radiologists at the Breast Care Center work together with a larger, multidisciplinary group of specialists at least once a month to discuss all positive cases. At Columbus Regional Health, you’ll have the combined knowledge and experience of a host of specialists working on your behalf.

The Breast Care Center was first to bring 3D imaging to Columbus. But our leading-edge diagnostic tools and treatments don’t end there.

Services and treatments at the Breast Care Center

Mammography

An X-ray image used to detect tumors, calcifications and changes in breast tissue.

3D Mammography

Digital tomosynthesis creates a 3D picture of the breast by taking multiple x-rays from many angles.

Breast Ultrasound

Uses sound waves to make images of the breast after an abnormal discovery on a mammogram.

Breast MRI

For patients with a greater than 20 percent lifetime risk of breast cancer, magnetic resonance imaging is a minimally invasive test that can diagnose and treat breast disease.

Ultrasound and Stereotactic Core Breast Biopsies

These minimally invasive outpatient procedures remove a sample of breast tissue for analysis after an abnormal discovery on a mammogram.

DEXA (Bone Density Studies)

While not a breast-specific screening, the Breast Care Center also offers dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) to help diagnose osteoporosis.

Risk Factors You Can't Control

Being a Woman

Being a Woman

Men can get breast cancer, but it’s a hundred times more common in women.

Getting Older

Getting Older

Most invasive breast cancers are found in women over 55.

Certain Genes and Gene Changes

Certain Genes and Gene Changes

A mutation in the BRCA1 and the BRCA2 genes, as well as changes in several other genes, may contribute to your risk of breast cancer.

Menstrual History

Menstrual History

Women who first began menstruating before 12 years of age, or for whom menopause is delayed past 55, have an increased risk of breast cancer.

Family and Personal History

Family and Personal History

If your mother, grandmother, sister or you previously had breast cancer, your risk is greater.

Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity

Generally, caucasian women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, but African-American women are more likely to die from it.

Radiation to Chest

Radiation to Chest

Radiation earlier in life, to treat another cancer for instance, can add to your risk.

Dense Breast

Dense Breast

Women with more glandular and fibrous tissue and less fatty tissue in their breasts have dense breasts, meaning they’re at greater risk for breast cancer.

Certain Benign Conditions

Certain Benign Conditions

Some non-cancerous lesions found in breasts, both with and without cell abnormalities, seem to increase your risk for developing breast cancer.

How Lifestyle Choices Increase or Decrease Your Risk of Breast Cancer

You have control over some known breast cancer risk factors. So how is your lifestyle affecting your risk of developing breast cancer? See how the following conditions and behaviors either increase or decrease your risk.

  • Alcohol

    Alcohol

  • Obesity

    Obesity

  • Physical Activity

    Physical Activity

  • Having Children After 30

    Having Children After 30

  • Birth Control

    Birth Control

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Hormone Replacement Therapy

  • Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding

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Columbus Regional Breast Care Center
2200 Hamilton Road
Columbus, Georgia