Every woman who has a mammogram at a Beaumont Health System site will now get something extra at no additional cost.
The program provides a multidisciplinary approach for the identification, management and long-term follow-up of women at increased risk. The multidisciplinary team consists of physicians, radiologists, genetic counselors, a senologist (an internist specializing in the treatment of benign breast disorders), breast surgeons, medical oncologists, plastic and reconstruction specialists and a nurse practitioner.
The technologist who performs her mammogram will ask a series of questions to estimate the patient's breast cancer risk. If - based on medical and family history - the woman is found to be at high risk for developing breast cancer, she will be offered the intense monitoring services of the new High-Risk Breast Program at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak or Troy. If prevention is not possible, the intense monitoring offers the opportunity to increase survival as a result of earlier detection.
Women may also be referred directly by their physicians.
The nurse practitioner will start the patient's personalized care with a phone call to review her risk factors. Subsequent testing and consultations with board-certified breast specialists are done on the same day and in the same location when possible, saving the patient time. The patient may be referred to the Beaumont Cancer Genetics Program if necessary.
All imaging performed uses the most advanced technology, including digital mammography and high-resolution MRI. Board-certified breast radiologists read the breast MRI and compare the patient's mammogram and breast ultrasound, for improved precision.
Learn more about our High-Risk Breast Program
by calling 877-447-4751.
Beaumont Hospitals is committed to strategies that catch cancer early when it is most treatable. The National Cancer Institute has designated Beaumont Hospitals as a Community Clinical Oncology Program, one of just 50 in the country that connect academic centers with community physicians who enroll patients in medical research. Beaumont is leading a national research trial comparing accelerated breast radiation treatment to standard therapy.
Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak and Troy have been awarded Breast Center of Excellence designation by the American College of Radiology's commissions on Quality and Safety and Breast Imaging. Beaumont, Royal Oak is a Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers, as designated by Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Those who have any of the following risk factors may need more than an annual mammogram and breast exam: