MERCY WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTER LAUNCHES NEW COMPREHENSIVE BREAST SERVICES
Port Huron, MI…Beginning Monday, October 21, 2013, the Mercy Women’s Health Center will launch a Comprehensive Breast Center (CBC) which is designed to identify women at increased risk of developing breast cancer. The new enhancements to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (SJMH) women’s center include the provision of: MammoPlus™, RiskPlus™, and Rapid Results™. The ultimate goal of the program is the reduction of overall mortality and morbidity from breast cancer.
“Through the Comprehensive Breast Center, we are providing so much more than traditional mammography alone,” comments Daniel Shogren, DO, Breast Cancer Advisory Committee Chair. “We are now proactively identifying high-risk patients who may have previously gone unidentified.”
Through the MammoPlus™ service, women are provided digital screening mammography PLUS a lifetime risk assessment for breast cancer. As part of the program, each patient is offered the National Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Risk Assessment as part of their standard mammography service.
“The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment allows a health professional to project a woman’s individual estimate of breast cancer risk over a five year period and throughout her lifetime; and compares the risk calculation with the average risk for a woman of the same age,” Dr. Shogren continues. There is no additional cost for MammoPlus™. Traditional mammography services are still available upon the patient’s request.
“Should a patient be classified as high risk through their MammoPlus™, RiskPlus™ will be introduced,” explains Randi Votava, FNP-BC, the program’s high risk clinical professional. “RiskPlus™ is a specifically designed program for patients at increased risk. Patients will complete a Risk Analysis, which covers more than 70 data points, allowing for deep examination of genetic, familial and personal breast risk, based on national intervention guidelines.
“This prevention and monitoring program allows us to work closer with women who are at higher risk for developing breast cancer,” continues Votava. “We are providing intervention recommendations, responding faster and providing more in-depth care in an effort to detect breast cancer at its earliest stages; which is key in successful treatment.”
“Rounding out the services offered through the Comprehensive Breast Center is RapidResults™,” concludes Dr. Shogren. “Through RapidResults™, patients will be offered same-day access to all appropriate diagnostic services.”
“Now provided across southeast Michigan through the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, the Comprehensive Breast Center offers the latest breast health technology and services,” comments Rebekah Smith, RN, President and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy. “We are working with CHE Trinity Health’s statewide Mercy Cancer Network to provide the most advanced cancer technology and support to the women in our community, region and across the state.”
To find out more about the Comprehensive Breast Center at the Mercy Women’s Health Center, call 810-985-1871. To schedule your annual mammogram at one of two convenient locations, call 810-985-1866. You can also visit St. Joseph Mercy online at, mymercy.us; or search St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron on facebook and twitter.
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St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.