If you are concerned about changes to the look or feel of your breasts or have found an area that concerns you, schedule an appointment with your Inspira doctor.
The goal of breast cancer screening is to detect cancer at the earliest possible stage, which is when it is most treatable. There are three primary ways to complete a breast screening:
According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), women between the ages of 50 and 74 who are at average risk for breast cancer should get a mammogram every two years. Women between the ages of 40 and 49 should talk to their doctor about screening options, including when to start and how often to get a mammogram. Self-exams, which can be performed at virtually any age, can be an especially helpful tool when practiced in conjunction with routine clinical exams and mammograms.
Inspira also offers genetic testing to determine risk of breast cancer based on inherited factors, including common gene mutations. The BRCA gene test, for example, uses DNA analysis to uncover these potential mutations so you can better understand your hereditary cancer risk. Inspira patients who undergo genetic testing are also provided genetic counseling to help you make decisions about your health.
Inspira’s High Risk Cancer Program combines innovative technology with our staff’s expertise to evaluate the hereditary risk of all patients who receive a mammogram at an Inspira Imaging Center. If you are determined to have an elevated hereditary risk for breast or other cancers, you can be referred to the program.
When it comes to breast cancer treatment, patients have more options today than ever before. Inspira’s holistic approach enables our oncologists to look at your overall wellbeing and health history so that when a treatment method is selected, it has the highest chance of producing a favorable outcome. Factors such as your age, genetic makeup, family history and other health conditions all play a part in how you will be treated.
If you’d like more information about your or a loved one’s cancer care, or to receive a second opinion about a diagnosis, call 1-800-INSPIRA.
Inspira’s Breast Cancer Program includes a nationally accredited Breast Center in the Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion at Inspira Medical Center Vineland. The Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons that recognizes centers that provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review.
Early detection saves lives. It’s why we put so much emphasis on having the most innovative breast imaging and screening devices available for our breast cancer patients. Our local imaging centers provide access to digital and 3D mammograms, non-invasive ultrasound machines and breast MRI, among other technologies. When cancer is suspected, patients can move forward quickly through diagnostic imaging, and if needed, biopsy. Our goal is to reduce your stress whenever possible.
Inspira offers a multidisciplinary breast cancer team that meets regularly to discuss each patient’s treatment plan and progress. The team includes medical and radiation oncologists, breast surgeons, pathologists, radiologists and specialists in reconstructive plastic surgery, along with navigators, social workers, genetic counselors, registered dietitians, physical therapists and behavioral health specialists.