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San Ramon Regional Medical Center Putting Spotlight on Breast Health

Oct 1, 2021

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

San Ramon Regional Medical Center is committed to the fight against breast cancer. One out of every eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. Mammograms are the most effective form of early detection.

For patients who have been putting off their medical needs due to fear of coming to a medical facility because of COVID-19, there is no need to delay care. The Breast Center at San Ramon Regional Medical Center provides a very safe environment for every person who walks through our doors. It’s important that patients do not put off routine screenings, such as mammograms, as that can create problems down the road.

San Ramon Regional Medical Center is putting its breast health services in the spotlight in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Beyond this month, it’s important to keep breast health top of mind year round.

Convenient Mammograms:
The Breast Center at San Ramon Regional Medical Center is making it easier than ever for women to get their routine screenings, including offering same day appointments. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to schedule your mammogram.

Annual mammograms are an important part of a woman’s wellness routine, generally beginning at age 40. If you would like to schedule a mammogram, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please call 925-275-6116 or visit www.sanramonmedctr.com.

Breast Health Webinar:
San Ramon Regional Medical Center will be hosting a virtual presentation on Oct. 20, 2021, at 12 p.m. about the importance of mammograms and early breast cancer detection. Midge Griffin, Breast Center Nurse, will be presenting. She will also discuss what patients can expect when they come to our Breast Center for their mammogram. This virtual presentation is free and open to the community. To register, please visit sanramonmedctr.com/events.

3D Mammography:
The Breast Center at San Ramon Regional Medical Center is proud to offer 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) for breast cancer screening. Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a 40 percent higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone.

The 3D mammography system offers exceptionally sharp breast images, and an advanced design providing more patient comfort. The ground-breaking tomosynthesis platform is designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance for all breast types. It produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

Breast tomosynthesis has the potential to benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Surgery Technology:
San Ramon Regional Medical Center continues to demonstrate its commitment to offering the most advanced treatment options to patients with breast cancer by utilizing the SCOUT® Wire-Free Radar Breast Localization System to provide easier, more compassionate care to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

This technology has been shown to decrease patient discomfort and improve patient satisfaction. SCOUT uses non-radioactive, radar technology to provide real-time surgical guidance during breast surgery. Rather than placing a wire immediately before surgery, a reflector is placed in the target tissue prior to the day of surgery at the patient’s convenience. During surgery, the SCOUT guide uses real-time distance measurement guidance to accurately detect the location of the reflector – and the tumor to within 1mm of accuracy.

The ability to precisely locate tumors increases the probability of complete cancer removal and reduces the likelihood of needing follow-up surgeries – a huge advantage for early-state breast cancer patients.