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Breast Cancer Early

One in eight women will get breast cancer. Early detection and Wayne UNC expertise gives you a fighting chance.

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Be Your Own Champion - Get Screened for Breast Cancer

At Wayne UNC Health Care, we encourage you to use the resources below to educate yourself and eight friends on the importance of mammograms and early detection of breast cancer. Together we can spread a message of hope, encouraging those we love to take charge of their health and be victorious over breast cancer.

Routine screening is important to reducing breast cancer risk.

The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for detecting breast cancer:

  • All women ages 20 or older should perform a breast self-examination every month.
  • Between the ages of 20-39, women should have a clinical breast exam by a health care professional every three years.
  • Women 40 and older should have a screening mammogram and a clinical breast exam by a health care professional every year.

Wayne UNC Health Care offers the most advanced screening and diagnostic capabilities available, with 3-D Mammography that uses multiple x-rays to recreate a three-dimension image of the breast. Mammograms, used to look for changes in the breast, can detect cancer early, when it is most treatable. Mammography has been proven to help detect these changes as long as two years before a patient or doctor can feel them.

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Feel confident in the breast care you’ll receive at Wayne UNC because we hold American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation for breast ultrasounds and mammography. That means you’ll have access to the highest level of imaging services with excellent equipment, staff, and quality assurance procedures.

Schedule a Screening Mammogram

Fill out our Schedule a Mammogram form to request an appointment at Wayne UNC Health Care. You don’t need a referral for a screening mammogram, but you’ll need to tell us the name of your primary care provider. (Find a Primary Care Provider.)

If you’re experiencing breast pain or feel a lump, see your primary care provider to determine if you need a referral for a diagnostic mammogram.

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Test Your Knowledge

What is the most common cancer among women in the U.S.?

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Breast Cancer

What percentage improvement in deaths has early detection and treatment caused?

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Improvements in early detection and effective treatment have contributed to a 38% decline in breast cancer deaths in the US between 1989-2014.

How many survivors of Breast Cancer are there in the U.S. today?

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Today there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., and more than 6 million around the world.

What should you do if you notice a lump in your breast?

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Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer.  But if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, it should never be ignored. Talk to your doctor about any changes you've noticed.

What are the most common risk factors for breast cancer?

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The most common risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older.

How often are women diagnosed with breast cancer?

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Every 2 minutes a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Does family history contribute to risk of breast cancer?

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While a family history of breast cancer can place you in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history.

What is the survival rate when breast cancer is detected early?

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According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, when breast cancer is detected early and is the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 98%.  Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams, scheduling regular clinical breast exams and yearly mammograms.

Meet Our Team

Expect compassionate care from experienced mammography technologists at Wayne UNC. Our technologists each have personal experiences with breast cancer and understand the importance of mammograms.  They will explain the process, answer your questions, and put you at ease during your test.

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Catch and Treat Breast Cancer Early - Screening Saves Lives

Access a wide range of advanced breast imaging services at Wayne UNC. Wayne UNC Health Care offers the latest breast-imaging technologies, including:

  • 3D Breast Tomosynthesis Mammography (3D mammograms) – Used in addition to or as a follow-up to detect breast cancer in women with no symptoms, or to diagnose cancer after other symptoms are found.
    • Wayne UNC Health Care offers two types of mammograms.
      • Screening Mammogram – Used as a preventive measure for women who have no other symptoms of Breast Cancer, the screening mammogram usually involves two views of each breast. Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies cover the cost of mammograms.
      • Diagnostic Mammogram – This mammogram involves additional views of the breast from various angles and is used when an abnormality is found during screening, or in women who have reported a breast mass, nipple discharge, breast pain or skin irritation.
  • Breast Ultrasound (Breast Sonography) – Used in addition to or as a follow-up to a mammogram, allowing radiologists to see if a lump is a solid mass or a fluid-filled cyst.
  • Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Used in addition to a mammogram for women with a high risk of breast cancer or to help doctors get more information after a breast cancer diagnosis; also used to evaluate breast implants.

When you get a mammogram at Wayne UNC Health Care, our team will also provide information on your breast density. More than 40 percent of women have dense breast tissue, which can make cancer more difficult to detect.

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We're In Your Corner Providing Advanced, Compassionate Cancer Care

Wayne UNC Health Care provides advanced treatment and care for breast cancer patients.

Surgical Treatment

Our surgical team offers both Lumpectomy – in which a surgeon removes as much of the cancer as possible – and Mastectomy – removal of the entire breast. Our surgeons work directly with patients to determine the best course of treatment, considering the stage and type of cancer and the patient’s long-term health goals. Our new and expanded Surgery Center combines innovative surgical care with a patient- and family-centered floor plan. Featuring large and spacious new operating rooms with the most current equipment and fixtures, our surgery center allows us to offer some of the most advanced surgical tools in our area.

Reconstruction and Prosthesis

Should a patient need a Mastectomy or other breast conserving surgery, they may want to consider options for reconstruction or prosthesis. Often, the plastic surgeon and general surgeon can perform reconstruction right after mastectomy, in the same operation. We offer a full range of plastic and reconstructive surgery services, from tissue expansion surgery to outpatient tattooing and nipple reconstruction, as well as referrals for external prosthetics fitting.

Customized Treatment Options for Cancer Care

Depending on the stage and type of Breast Cancer a patient is diagnosed with, an oncologist may refer patients for surgical intervention, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or targeted therapy for treatment.

Wayne UNC Health Care’s Infusion Therapy Center is staffed by oncology- and chemotherapy-certified nurses who provide chemotherapy, hormone therapy or targeted therapy. For patients needing radiation therapy, in addition to other treatments, our team works closely with providers that offer this therapy, coordinating transport for patients to and from their appointments.

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Breast Lumps: When to Seek Help

Finding a breast lump can be anxiety-provoking for women.

Since all women do not experience the same symptoms of breast cancer, it’s important to get checked by a primary care physician or gynecologist, who will perform a physical exam to evaluate the breast lump or mass.

Robin Benson, Mammography Supervisor at Wayne UNC Health Care, explains what women should do if they find a lump.

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