Early Detection Saves Lives
At St. John’s, we believe that early detection is the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer. Early detection is possible through mammography. At St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo (PDF), we offer comprehensive full field digital mammography, screening, diagnostic, and treatment services. At St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard (PDF), we offer comprehensive mammography, screening, diagnostic, and treatment services, as well as cash discounted pricing.
Schedule Your Mammogram Today!
St. John's encourages women to be proactive in managing their breast health. Don't wait. Schedule your mammogram appointment today by calling (805) 389-5655 in Camarillo or (805) 983-3639 in Oxnard.
Breast Cancer Risk Assessment
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (other than skin cancer). The American Cancer Society reports the breast cancer death rate is declining, probably due to earlier detection and improved treatment. Take a few minutes to complete a short breast cancer risk assessment to help you determine if you have major risk factors for breast cancer. It is not a complete assessment of all risks. For a complete evaluation of your risks, see your health care provider. To access the assessment, go to our Health Information page, click on Interactive Tools, then click on Risk Assessments.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Mammography, which detects abnormal growths in the breast, is revolutionized at St. John's with the use of a stereotactic breast biopsy. As an alternative to standard mammography, which detects abnormal growths in the breast that may be too small or deeply buried to be felt with breast self-examination, this surgical biopsy provides a less invasive alternative and is used to determine the presence of cancer.
Mammograms are the most effective way to detect breast cancer early, before women can feel a lump or notice any abnormality in their breast. American Cancer Society recommendations for early breast cancer detection include:
- Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
- Women at high risk (greater than 20% lifetime risk) should get an MRI and a mammogram every year.
- Women at moderately increased risk (15% to 20% lifetime risk) should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram. Yearly MRI screening is not recommended for women whose lifetime risk of breast cancer is less than 15%.
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