Mammo Mondays Extended Hours at the Comprehensive Cancer Center

For the month of October we are having extended hours to accommodate busy schedules! On Mondays you can schedule your breast cancer screening from 8 am to 6 pm in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Most Women Who Get Breast Cancer Have This One Thing in Common

And it’s not family history. The most common thing is actually not to have family history or other factors. Fully 3 out of 4 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history or other factors that put them at risk. However, what we do know is that breast cancer occurrence increases with age—and the age of 40 is an important milestone.

Why Are Mammograms Important?

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime—and it’s not just older women.  Those in their forties account for 1 in 6 breast cancer diagnoses.  Early detection of breast cancer is key! Catching it earlier means you could have more treatment options, less extensive treatment, and greater likelihood of survival.

If the cancer is caught early enough, breast cancer patients now have a 99% survival rate.

Five-year relative survival rate, based on stats from the American Society of Cancer, 2019-2020 Facts and Figures.

When Should I Start Getting an Annual Mammogram?

You should begin annual breast screenings at the age of 40 according to the American College of Radiology. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you should start at the age of 30—because those with a family history are 1.5 to 4 times more likely to develop breast cancer.

Why is it Important to Get a Mammogram Every Year?

Once cancer develops, it grows over time. The longer that cancer goes undetected, the more it can grow—becoming more severe and potentially spreading to other areas of the body. By taking a few moments every year to check for breast cancer, you can help ensure that if cancer is detected—it is smaller, less severe, and less likely to lead to more cancer complications.

Why Should I Choose the Comprehensive Cancer Center?

Desert Care Network’s Comprehensive Cancer Center was the first of its kind in the Coachella Valley. Recognized by the Commission on Cancer (COC), we have 30 years of experience in diagnosing, treating, and healing cancer. Four things make us unique:
  1. Everything you need for cancer care happens under one roof, from diagnosis to treatment to recovery. This means that you don’t have to drive all over town to deal with a cancer diagnosis.
  2. We have doctors from multiple specialties and disciplines of cancer care in our facility.
  3. Our doctors work together to go over each case as a team. They create a unique treatment plan that is optimized for each patient’s circumstances.
  4. We have some of the latest technologies in cancer diagnosis and treatment. We also work with major research institutions to help our patients gain access to new treatment options.

 

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