The Importance of Breast Health and What it Means For You
Breast health is one of the most important concerns of women. For example:
- Without breasts, women are unable to feed or nurture infants
- Breasts are oftentimes tied to a woman’s identity of what it means to be a woman
- The proximity of the breasts to other vital organs is also important to note. If there is cancer in the breasts, it is possible that it could spread to other important, near-by organs.
Annual Screening Mammogram
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Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women and is the second leading cause of cancer death. Early detection by having a mammogram is proven to save lives. We support the American Cancer Society recommendation for women starting in their 40s to get a screening mammogram every year.
Learn more about the benefits and how easy it is to schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram.
Mammogram Comfort Options
MammoPad® breast cushion helps minimize discomfort, and SmartCurveTM Breast Stabilization System helps alleviate compression pain that some women feel.
Health Check: Why Mammograms Are Important
Jennifer Schepel, Breast Health Nurse Navigator, talks about the importance of getting a mammogram, screening guidelines and services available if a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
Bronson Breast Surgery: Walking a patient though their breast cancer journey
Getting diagnosed with breast cancer is very scary. Listen to this podcast to learn how our team of skilled breast surgeons, nurse navigators and other staff will help you through your journey.
Breast Health Nurse Navigator Service
Listen to this radio chat with Jennifer Schepel, BSN, RN, CN-BN to learn how our breast health nurse navigator service can help you through your journey.
3D Mammograms Dr. Christina Jacobs
3D Mammograms available in South Haven with Dr. Christina Jacobs.
Mammograms Save Lives
A few years ago, these Bronson employees were brought together after treatment for breast cancer. All are now cancer-free. Watch as each talk about their journey.
There was no family history of breast cancer in Susan’s family, and she wasn’t late for a mammogram. Watch Susan talk about her journey. She's been cancer-free since 2009.
As a two-time breast cancer survivor, breast cancer doesn’t who it hits or family back-ground. Watch as Sandy talks about her journey. She's been cancer-free since 2014.
At 26 years old, Jan never thought she would have breast cancer. It was found through a mammogram. Watch as Jan tells her story. Cancer-free since 1983.
Just turning 40, Shannon thought she would have all the “bells and whistles” so she had a 3D mammogram. Watch as Shannon tells her story. She's been cancer-free since 2016.
Breast Health Conditions Treated
We understand that each woman is different, and each woman has unique breast health needs. At Bronson, you’ll find we treat a variety of breast conditions. Commonly treated conditions include:
Collaborative Approach to Treatment of Your Breast Health Condition
The specialists at Bronson wants to make sure to provide you with the best resources and services available. Our team is equipped with several different providers to help you with all of your needs. This includes:
- Surgeons – Doctors with a special interest in breast surgery to treat or remove breast cancer.
- Radiologists – Doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases or injuries using medical imaging techniques.
- Nurse – A person who is trained to care for those who are sick
- Radiology technologist – A person who performs diagnostic imaging exams and gives radiation therapy treatments.
- Medical oncologist – A doctor that specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer with chemotherapy, hormonal, biological and targeted therapy.
- Nurse navigator – A highly skilled nurse who coordinates your care and acts as a single point of contact to your medical team and community resources.
Services include routine breast exams using X-rays to take images, also known as mammograms, breast surgery, counseling and education, breast cancer detection and treatment. You deserve, and will get, our support every step of the way.
Care Close to Home
At Bronson, the team of breast health specialists, at locations throughout southwest Michigan, will coordinate your care, close to home.
Breast Health Nurse Navigator Service
Hearing that you have breast cancer is very overwhelming and scary. Nobody expects to hear those words, and when they do, it becomes a confusing time with so much information being provided and the many uncertainties that lie ahead. Having a breast health nurse navigator will help alleviate some of your fears by walking with, and guiding you and your family members through a challenging time. Your breast health nurse navigator helps bring clarity to each step of the process by connecting you with appropriate support services and to lend a listening ear. It is also comforting to know that our breast health nurse navigator service is free to all Bronson patients. For additional information, call (269) 341-8517.
Breast Exam Recommendations
- Women age 20+ should perform a monthly breast self-exam.
- Women age 20-40 should get a clinical breast exam every three years.
- Women age 40+ should get a clinical breast exam and a mammogram every year.
Please note: these recommendations change with a high risk status (determined at the time of a health risk assessment or a woman's first screening mammogram).
Free Breast Cancer Health Risk Assessment
Free breast health risk assessments are available to women in the community who may be at high risk for breast cancer. This assessment allows the breast health team to evaluate a woman's risk and provide screening recommendations, as well as ways for her to reduce her risk status. In fact, it is recommended that all women complete a breast health risk assessment before the age of 30 to obtain appropriate recommendations for their situation. This appointment can be made by calling (269) 341-6781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Comprehensive Breast Health Care
As a patient, you’ll benefit from a variety of breast health services that work together to provide you with the best care possible. This includes some of the most advanced therapies and technologies including 3D mammography, breast MRI, stereotatic breast biopsy, breast surgery and cancer treatments. Our team is committed to developing the right treatment plan for you. This commitment, partnered with our expertise, means that you'll receive outstanding compassionate care you’ve come to know and expect from Bronson.
All this is what makes Bronson a leader in high-quality women’s health care. And with mammography services offered at eight convenient locations throughout Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Paw Paw and South Haven, we’re always close by and here for you.