Breast Health Services

In the United States an average of 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. This staggering statistic has prompted Baptist to take a proactive and comprehensive approach to breast health services. With all cancers early detection is your best line of defense and breast cancer is no exception. Baptist is at the forefront of breast health innovation with mobile mammography units, imaging services widely available throughout the Mid-South and breast health experts collaborating with each other.

Breast Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment

Since the discoveries of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, physicians and scientists have able to examine a woman’s genetic make up to assess her likelihood of developing breast cancer. Women who have these genes are 45 to 65% more likely than the average woman to develop breast cancer by the age of 70 (Cancer.gov). Baptist provides genetic counseling to patients to help them determine if they have an inherited risk for developing breast cancer. This preventative measure along with regular mammograms can help women assess their risk . There are some additional ways women can lower their risk:

  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Do not smoke
  • Be active and maintain a healthy weight
  • Breastfeed
  • Limit hormone therapies
  • Avoid radiation and pollution exposure

Baptist Breast Health Resources

The Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women includes the Comprehensive Breast Center which includes breast health experts and specialists. Comprehensive breast center patients can be referred to any of the physicians in the network, which is a huge benefit to patients—giving them access to experts, second and third opinions and advanced treatment options.