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San Ramon Regional Medical Center Spotlights Breast Health Services

Oct 1, 2023

San Ramon Regional Medical Center is committed to the fight against breast cancer. Statistics indicate that 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.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are donating to Susan G. Komen. We are also providing breast health support and resources to our community with four weeks of health tips. Those who sign-up will also receive a free HealthCare is Better Together cookbook via email. To participate, please click here.

San Ramon Regional Medical Center is putting its breast health services in the spotlight in honor of the October observance. Although, it’s important to keep breast health top of mind year-round.

Convenience & Comfort:

Annual mammograms are an important aspect of a woman’s wellness routine, generally beginning at age 40. The Breast Center at San Ramon Regional Medical Center makes it easy for women to get their routine screenings by offering same day appointments. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to schedule your mammogram.

With our patients’ comfort and safety always top of mind, our Breast Center team participates in annual mammography training, allowing us to provide consistency and reproducibility during mammograms. By staying up to date on the latest healthcare guidelines, our team is trained to be proficient and efficient, decreasing the need for repeated screenings and allowing for clearer images.

To schedule a mammogram, or if you have questions about this important breast health procedure, please call (925) 275-6116 or visit www.sanramonmedctr.com.

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.

3D mammography offers exceptionally sharp breast images, and an advanced design providing more patient comfort. The 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.

Risk Assessment:

The Breast Center at San Ramon Regional Medical Center utilizes a risk assessment tool called the Tyrer-Cuzick model which measures a person’s probability of BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations. By measuring these mutations, the tool estimates the likelihood of a woman developing breast cancer in 10 years or over their lifetime. The test and score can help identify people at higher-than-average risk of breast cancer. Physicians may then recommend additional screening or genetic testing to these individuals.

To calculate a person’s Tyrer-Cuzick score, our team will ask a series of questions regarding family health history and other potential risk factors.

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.