When it comes to breast cancer, most women know the facts. One in eight will develop breast cancer in her life. Surprisingly, more than 80% of those cases occur with no risk factors. Unfortunately, not every woman acts on the facts.
Every woman can – and should – take action to reduce her chance of developing breast cancer. And, when it comes to mitigating risk, there’s no better way to stay safe than by having an annual mammogram. Mammograms and related breast exams have dramatically reduced the number of deaths caused by breast cancer. In fact, breast cancer-related deaths have been reduced by 30% since 1990, largely due to advances in mammography.
Davis Hospital has two Breast Care Centers, one in Layton and one in Our facilities offer:
- 3D Mammography™
- BRCA Genetic Testing
- Breast Cancer Treatment
- Breast MRI
- Breast Ultrasound
- Certified Breast Cancer Navigators
- DEXA Scan
- Digital Mammography
- Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy
When it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal lumps and bumps, there’s no better place to be in northern Utah than Davis Hospital and Medical Center. Learn more about our services below.
Breast Cancer Center at Davis Hospital
Robert F. Bitner Office Building
2132 North 1700 West, Suite B100 • Layton, UT
Breast Cancer Center at Davis Hospital – Weber Campus
3451 West 5600 South • Roy, UT
In October 2014, Davis Hospital and Medical Center became the first hospital in northern Utah to offer 3D Mammography™ exams. This technology is over 41% more accurate than traditional mammograms, allowing for earlier detection and fewer false alarms and callbacks. Call (801) 807-7120 to schedule your 3D mammogram at our Layton campus.
BRCA Genetic Testing
BRCA1 and BRCA2, often referred to as the “breast cancer genes,” function as tumor suppressors. These genes stop abnormal growths (tumors) from developing in the breasts, as well as other areas of the body. When these genes are mutated, the risk of cancer can increase. Breast cancer gene testing, along with other family history information, can help you determine your risk for developing breast cancer. Ask your physician if BRCA testing is right for you.
Breast Cancer Treatment
Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton, Utah is a full breast cancer treatment facility. As a breast cancer patient at Davis Hospital and Medical Center, your case will be discussed by your physicians at our multi-disciplinary tumor board, which aids in planning the best treatment option for your cancer. In addition to offering an innovative multi-disciplinary approach, we are committed to caring for your mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Are you at risk?
Wondering if you’re at risk for breast cancer? Considering the fact that 12% of all women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives, it’s normal to be concerned. Below are a few of the factors commonly associated with an increased risk for breast cancer:
- Being female. 99% of all breast cancer patients are female.
- Getting older. As you age, your risk of breast cancer increases, which is why many physicians recommend getting an annual mammogram, starting at age 40.
- Family history. If your mother, sister, or daughter has been diagnosed with breast cancer (especially if the diagnosis was at a young age), then you are at increased risk.
- Inherited gene mutations. Common gene mutations like BRCA1 and BRCA2 can dramatically increase the risk of breast cancer – so much so that some women choose to undergo a preemptive double mastectomy.
- Early menstruation/Late menopause. Women who began menstruating before age 12 or began menopause at an older age are at increased risk.
- Obesity. Being overweight may put you at higher risk for developing breast cancer.
- Radiation exposure. A high level of radiation exposure to the chest as a child can increase your risk for breast cancer as an adult.
- Alcohol. Women who have two or more drinks per day are at a higher risk for breast cancer.
- Use of oral contraceptives. Prolonged use of the “birth control pill” may increase your risk for breast cancer. Postmenopausal hormone therapy. Studies have shown that the use of hormone therapy medications can increase risk.
- No pregnancy/Late pregnancy. Women who have never been pregnant or who had their first child after age 35 are at higher risk.
While it’s good to be aware of the risk factors associated with breast cancer, you should still know that 80% of all women who develop breast cancer have no known risk factors. That’s why it’s essential for every woman over the age of 40 to receive an annual mammogram.
Learn more about the advanced digital mammography at Davis Hospital’s two northern Utah locations, or schedule your annual mammogram by calling (801) 807-7120.
A breast MRI is a common imaging test that lasts approximately 60 minutes start to finish. The MRI allows the technologist to get a 3-D view of a suspicious lump or mass, or investigate the integrity of your breast implants. Our breast MRI uses a dedicated breast coil, which allows the team to fine-tune the settings for each breast on every patient. The result is a more accurate high-resolution image.
A breast ultrasound is a harmless and non-invasive way for a specialist to view breast tissues. This type of technology is often used to see breast tissue near the chest wall, confirm or deny abnormal results from a mammogram, and help guide a needle during a breast biopsy.
Certified Breast Cancer Patient Navigators
The personal fight against breast cancer is a huge challenge – even if you have a strong support system to help you through. A certified Breast Cancer Patient Navigator at Davis Hospital and Medical Center can help you every step of the way. Your Breast Cancer Patient Navigator will supervise the continuity of your care, from diagnosis and treatment to follow up care into survivorship.
A DEXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) scan is a safe, low-dose radiation method for determining bone density. During a DEXA scan, two x-ray beams are emitted: one with a high energy level and one with a low energy level. The difference between these two beams helps the radiologist determine your bone density, which is key in diagnosing osteoporosis.
Both Davis Hospital campuses use the Selenia digital mammography system by Hologic for full-field digital imaging. This system allows the technologist to get instantaneous images with pinpoint accuracy. Our technology isn’t the only thing that sets our teams apart. The technologists on both of our campuses perform mammography-related exams exclusively, making them experts in their field.
Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy
If a radiologist notices an abnormality in your mammogram, then a minimally invasive breast biopsy, which removes a small tissue sample, can help confirm or deny the presence of cancer without the need for surgery. Your radiologist will use advanced targeting and image guided technology to remove a sample. A very small incision and local anesthesia is all that’s necessary for this biopsy.
Visit either of our two convenient locations for breast cancer screening.
Davis Hospital and Medical Center
2132 North 1700 West
Layton, UT 84041
The Breast Cancer Center is located in the Bitner Building just west of the hospital, which makes parking convenient for our patients. You’re in and out in no time!
Davis Hospital Weber Campus
3451 West 5600 South
Our Weber Campus is conveniently located in South Roy, where parking is hassle-free.