The Julius Hermes Breast Care CenterWhy choose Sovah Health - Martinsville for your breast care needs?
The Julius Hermes Breast Care Center at Sovah Health - Martinsville is committed to providing compassionate, exceptional breast health education and care for women close to home. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care conveniently, efficiently, cost-effectively, and with respect to your privacy.
Easy access is provided to the center by our dedicated entrance. For your convenience, all diagnostic and treatment services are performed in the same facility.
The Julius Hermes Breast Care Center at Sovah Health - Martinsville offers a comprehensive approach to your breast care needs. We have invested in the latest technology for diagnosing and treating breast disease. Our scope of services includes screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, genetic testing, nurse navigator, breast examination, ultrasound-guided biopsy, stereotactic-guided breast biopsy, and patient education.
We have assembled a team of radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, mammography technologists, and nurses to serve you. Consultations are available with our medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and plastic surgeon when needed.
We work closely with the American Cancer Society to provide services to women with breast cancer. We are affiliated with support groups such as Reach to Recovery and Look Good...Feel Better. Custom fittings for prostheses and mastectomy garments are also available.
Breast care treatments may be a stressful process for many women. It is our goal that our professional and caring approach to the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease will make this process easier for our patients.
What is Mammography?A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of the breast. It is effective in detecting breast disease in its earliest stages. A mammogram can detect a tumor much earlier than it can be felt, resulting in a greater chance for successful treatment.
The Julius Hermes Breast Care Center offers state-of-the-art digital mammography with Computer Aided Detection (CAD). Studies have found that digital mammograms are more accurate than conventional mammograms in finding cancer in women younger than 50 and in women with dense breast tissue.
What is Stereotactic Breast Biopsy?Increased use of screening mammography and improvement in mammography techniques have resulted in early detection of very small lesions in breast tissue. If a breast abnormality is identified by mammography, breast ultrasound, or clinical examination, a biopsy will determine if the abnormality is cancerous.
The Julius Hermes Breast Care Center offers a less invasive breast biopsy system. Stereotactic breast biopsy uses the guiding capabilities of a computer as well as a specialized biopsy needle to obtain tissue samples. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, requiring only local anesthesia. No stitches are required, and the results are usually available in 1-2 days. This procedure offers a simple, quick, less painful, and less expensive alternative to surgical biopsy.
Everyone Is At RiskBreast cancer strikes women of all ages and backgrounds. One must remember that all women are at risk. Presently there is no way of preventing breast cancer, but there are ways of increasing your chances of being a breast cancer survivor and not a victim. While breast self-examination, clinical breast examination, and mammography have limitations, together they form an important screening triad for the early detection of breast cancer. Guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer:
Age 20 - 39
- Monthly breast self-examination
- Clinical breast examination by a doctor or nurse every one to three years
- Monthly breast self-examination
- Annual clinical breast examination by a doctor or nurse
- Annual mammography
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