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 recommended.

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 breast cancer.

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