The Comprehensive Breast Care Center at Providence is a state-of-the art facility staffed by expert physicians and staff in multiple specialties, all of whom are dedicated to the detection and treatment of breast cancer.   

The Breast Care Center is one of our ministry’s Centers of Excellence, where multiple resources are made available to our patients in providing the most optimal course of treatment.  Our patients are provided holistic care in a spiritually centered setting.  Our emphasis is on timely evaluation of the problem, rapid diagnosis and the provision of the best options to women and men with breast disease.

 
     
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Dense Breasts: What You Need To Know

An Alabama law, the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act: Act 2013-284 becomes effective as of August 1, 2013. This bill requires clinicians to inform women having mammograms if their breast tissue is dense.
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You've found a lump in your breast. Now what do you do?

First of all - Donít Panic. Most breast lumps, about 90%, are noncancerous or benign. The important thing is to get the breast lump evaluated by your physician. If you do not have a physician call Providence Hospitalís referral line for a referral.

Step 1- Call and make an appointment with your physician

Step 2 - At the visit the physician will do a clinical breast examination. This will involve the following:

  • Questions about symptoms
  • Examination of your breasts-checking the overlying skin and any nipple changes or discharge
  • Evaluation of deeper tissue in your breasts and armpits

Step 3 - If the physician detects a lump, the next step is to determine if it is noncancerous or cancerous

Additional testing may include Fine Needle Aspiration- where a small amount of the fluid in the lump is removed or aspirated. This fluid can be sent to the lab for diagnostic testing.

Additional testing that may be needed to evaluate the lump includes mammography, ultrasound, MRI, breast biopsy. These tests will be ordered by your physician based on the information that is needed.

Benign or noncancerous lumps will be followed as prescribed by your physician. If you are diagnosed with Breast Cancer be assured that the Providence Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center will be a partner in your journey. With our specially trained staff and our Patient Care Coordinator, we will assist you in understanding your treatment options and medical management of breast cancer. You will have the opportunity to have your questions and concerns answered. We will provide educational, emotional, and spiritual support in the days ahead as you follow a path that others have taken.

 

 

 


The statistics are sobering: one in eight women will develop breast cancer. 

While breast cancer cannot be prevented, its effects can be greatly reduced through early detection.

Annual mammograms are essential for all women age 40 or better. The Breast Center at Providence will work with you and your physician so that getting your annual mammogram is as easy as possible. Your doctor can schedule your mammogram for you, or, if you prefer, you can call us directly at (251)-633-1196 to schedule this important screening procedure.

Providence was one of the first hospitals in Mobile to routinely use ImageCheckerTM computer-assisted diagnostic technology for all screening mammograms. ImageChecker functions as a "spell-checker" for mammograms. X-ray pictures are converted to digital images and electronically scanned for possible areas of abnormality. These are highlighted for further medical review. Research has shown that ImageChecker can result in fewer false-negative readings and significantly earlier detection of breast cancers—and earlier detection means better outcomes.

In addition to screening mammography, the Breast Center at Providence offers diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, stereotactic needle biopsy and ultrasound-guided biopsy. We are also committed to education and community outreach, through educational programs and support of breast cancer research organizations.

For more information about the Breast Center at Providence, please call us at (251) 639-2704.

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