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Published on August 08, 2019
A new high-risk breast cancer program is being offered at Essentia Health-Fargo and Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes. This program is a specialized component of the breast health program focused on helping patients understand their risk for developing breast cancer and how to best monitor for breast cancer and reduce their risk.
“Breast cancer is a common problem. It’s also a problem we’re really good at treating. So, when it comes to breast cancer, if we can identify breast cancers confined to the breast, meaning not spread to the lymph nodes or anywhere else in the body, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent,” explains Dr. Ben Smith, diagnostic radiologist at Essentia Health.
The goal of the program is two-fold, patients and a breast health provider work together to develop a personalized plan of care to reduce risk for breast cancer and provide the patient and their primary care provider with the most appropriate measures for early detection of cancer.
The high-risk breast cancer program is aimed at those who have a 20 percent or higher lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. Those considered to be at highest risk for breast cancers include:
While the program is new, Dr. Smith says early indications show that it’s working. “I can tell you that we certainly have detected more cancers through this program. Just anecdotally, we are finding cancers early.”
Learn more about the high-risk breast cancer program by visiting essentiathealth.org or talk with your primary care provider.
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