Comprehensive Breast Care Services at Jordan Valley
As you age, it is important to maintain your health and take care of your breasts. That is why our Breast Care Center has a full team of specialists dedicated to your breast health. Our center offers a full-range of preventative, diagnostic and treatment services including:
- Initial screening exams
- 3D and Digital mammography
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Breast biopsies
- Stereotactic procedures
- Brachytherapy treatments
- Plastic reconstruction and cosmetic surgery
- Breast-conserving surgery
- Genetic testing
- Counseling and support services
- Educational programs
At Jordan Valley Medical Center, we encourage all women to schedule a yearly mammogram starting at the age of 40. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, consult your physician about scheduling mammograms before 40.
Risk Factors For Breast Cancer
- Age: more than 50% of the women diagnosed with breast cancer are 65 years or older.
- Weight: obese or overweight women are more likely to develop the disease.
- Diet and Lifestyle: lack of physical activity, a diet high in saturated fat, and alcoholic intake of more than two drinks per day can promote breast cancer.
- Menstrual and Reproductive History: Early menstruation or late menopause, having your first child at an older age or not having given birth, or taking birth control pills for more than ten years can promote breast cancer.
- Family and Personal History: A family history of breast cancer, particularly for immediate family members, and a personal history of the benign (non-cancer) breast disease can increase the risk of breast cancer.
- Medical and Other Factors: Dense breast tissue (often identified by a mammogram), past radiation therapy to the breast or chest area, a history of hormone treatments—such as estrogen and progesterone, or gene changes— including BRCA1, BRCA2, and others, can increase the risk of breast cancer.
Preparing for a Mammogram
If you have had mammograms in different facilities, call those facilities in advance and arrange to have your previous mammograms, reports and any other treatment reports forwarded. Do not wear deodorant, powder or cream under your arms may interfere with the quality of your mammogram.