Breast Screening and Diagnostic Services
One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their
lives: if you’re 40 or older, or at an increased risk for breast
cancer, schedule your mammogram at your earliest convenience. Regular
screening is the best way to protect your health so call us today at (707) 526-2666.
Our physicians are affiliated with St. Joseph Health and use the state-of-the-art
services at the St. Joseph Regional Cancer Care’s
Breast Center in Santa Rosa and at the Queen of the Valley
Breast Cancer program in Napa.
Are You at Risk for Breast Cancer?
According to the American Cancer Society, “There is no sure way to
prevent breast cancer.” However, the first line of defense is to
be aware of the family history and genetics that may impact your risks
since women with a close relative--including men--who has had breast cancer
have a higher risk of the disease. Age and heritage can also play a role
as well as breast density. Understanding lifestyle risk factors is highly
The best action a woman can take is to be proactive by doing monthly self-exams,
scheduling regular medical screenings and mammograms and consulting a
physician with any concerns about breast health. It’s very important
to understand the lifestyle changes within your control that may increase
the risk of breast cancer. Keep in mind that every woman’s risks
are different. Risks to know about include:
- Drinking alcohol has been linked to increased risk of developing breast
cancer and the risk increases with the amount of alcohol one drinks.
- It’s been found that being overweight or obese after menopause increases
breast cancer risk.
- There is growing evidence that physical activity/exercise reduces the risk
of breast cancer.
- Women who have not had children or had their first child after age 30 have
been shown to have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer.
- Studies indicate that women who use oral contraceptives may have a slightly
higher risk of breast cancer than women who have never used them. The
risk may go down to normal over time once oral contraceptives are discontinued.
- Women who use combined hormone therapy also have an increased risk for