October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but providers at Summit Health never stop thinking about breast care.
What we do
Summit Breast Care Services has expanded to include more resources and greater access to care for patients. The team is here to offer women and men the quality care they deserve, close to home, so they don’t need to leave the area. A patient navigator is on staff to help patients schedule and coordinate appointments, to answer questions, and to offer support.
Recently joining the team is Dr. Takelya Williams a fellowship trained breast surgeon.
“Our goal is to help guide our patients in determining the best treatment options by providing comprehensive care for men and women, that’s what we’re all about. When something comes up on that all-important mammogram, breast ultrasound, or clinical exam, we’ll be there to take care of our community, ” she explained.
The American College of Surgeons recommends women start getting mammograms at age 45 for the best chances of early detection of breast cancer. However, the best age to start getting a mammogram depends highly on a patient’s unique risk factors, which is why the team at Summit Breast Care looks at each patient individually and helps them decide when they need to begin annual screenings. Summit Health offers mammograms at several locations throughout Franklin County.
In addition to mammograms, women with a family history of breast cancer now have the option to get genetic testing done at Summit Breast Care Services. This testing can help a medical professional know a patient’s specific risk for developing the disease, and better suggest when and how often screenings should be done.
What is it?
A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. Doctors use that picture to look for early signs of breast cancer. Sometimes a doctor can detect breast cancer from that picture up to three years before it can be felt.
Genetic testing looks for a mutation in several genes that increase a person’s risk of developing breast cancer. It is recommended that women who have family members with breast, ovarian, fallopian tube or peritoneal cancer be evaluated to see if they have a family history that is associated with an increased risk of a harmful mutation in one of those genes.
Why it’s important?
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in American women. More than 200,000 women and 2,000 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and that number has continued to increase.
The risk of getting breast cancer increases with age. The average age when women are diagnosed with breast cancer is 61.
Summit Health offers mammogram screening at locations in Greencastle, Waynesboro, Chambersburg and Shippensburg, PA.