Vigilance and Knowledge Put You In Control
One in eight. That’s how many women will face a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime. But, thanks to improvements in detection and treatment, many women will count themselves as survivors.
Early detection is key, and typically allows for more treatment options and better outcomes. Most women develop breast cancer after menopause, so regular screenings are important for women over 40.
In addition to digital mammograms and breast ultrasound, the MemorialCare Breast Center at Saddleback Memorial offers diagnostics through a new, dedicated breast MRI scanner. Designed specifically for a woman’s body and used exclusively for breast imaging, its advanced capabilities help detect even the smallest abnormalities in breast tissue.
The level of detail provided by the breast MRI gives valuable information that may not be available through mammography or ultrasound, especially for women who are at high risk for the disease or who have dense breast tissue.
So What Happens Now?
Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is life-changing. But if you or someone you know has been diagnosed, the MemorialCare Cancer Institute at Saddleback Memorial is here for you. You’ll have a team of multidisciplinary experts on your side, as well as advanced treatment options, tailored specifically for your diagnosis.
A key player on the Saddleback Memorial team is breast center nurse navigator, Marcie Smith, N.P., who guides patients through the entire diagnostic, treatment and recovery process. Most importantly, she provides the much-needed emotional support throughout the journey.
“If you’re diagnosed with cancer, you’re not alone,” says Marcie. “You have your Saddleback Memorial family to get you through this.”