Breast Health Services
Our Breast Health Clinic includes a comprehensive approach to breast abnormalities with a multidisciplinary team available on site at the time of your appointment, including medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, breast health navigators and counselors.
Jill Hensley, RN, BSN, and Pam Davis, RN, BSN, serve as Community Hospital Anderson's nurse navigators. Jill is a registered nurse with over 20 years experience in women's health care, and Pam has 35 years in nursing.
Our nurse navigators’ main goal is to guide you through our health care system, to assist you in getting any and all questions answered. Jill and Pam will serve as a source for logistical planning, education and emotional support both to the patients and families of those diagnosed with breast cancer. Many patients come to think of the nurse navigators as close friends as they follow the patient through each step of the process, from biopsy to surgery, to therapy and recovery.
As a patient dealing with breast cancer, you can rely on a nurse navigator to:
- Guide you through the health care system
- Help you fill out insurance forms
- Help you find ways to pay for health care if you are uninsured
- Direct you to health care services for further diagnosis and treatment
- Direct you to local resources and support
- Help you keep track of and find ways to get to your appointments
- Help you get your questions answered
- Help you find more information on health care
Please call 765-298-1617 or e-mail breasthealthservices@eCommunity.com for more information or assistance.
Community Hospital Anderson’s breast health program has received accolades from various organizations. The program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Community Anderson’s Women’s Center has been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
Breasts come in a variety of shapes, sizes and textures. The key to breast health is recognizing changes in how your breasts look and feel. By regularly examining your breasts, you'll be able to notice changes or irregularities which need to be reported to your health care provider. The following three simple steps can help you find any problems early, when they're most successfully treated:
Breast Self-Exams (BSE): Checking your breasts is called a breast self-exam. You should examine your breasts every month, 7-10 days after your menstrual period begins. After menopause or a hysterectomy, examine your breasts on the first day of the month. Women aged 20 or older should perform a BSE every month. By doing the exam regularly, you get to know how your breasts normally feel, and you can more readily detect any signs or symptoms.
Clinical Breast Exams: This is a breast exam by a health care provider to make sure you haven't missed anything during your breast self-exams. This is a good opportunity to ask any questions and to request a demonstration of a breast self-exam if needed. Between the ages of 20 and 39, women should have a clinical breast examination by a health professional every 3 years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year. Community Anderson's Breast Health Services offers free clinical breast exams each month.
Mammograms: A mammogram is the most effective way to detect breast lumps too small to be felt or seen. It usually consists of two or more low-dose X-rays. Mammography is not painful, although it may feel slightly uncomfortable because the breast is compressed for a few moments. Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year.
Discounted mammogram certificates are available for $55 throughout the months of May and October. These certificates make great gifts and can be purchased from the cashier in the main lobby of the hospital. Please call 765-298-5386 to learn more about the criteria for purchasing a discounted mammogram.