Lutheran Comprehensive Breast Center
The Lutheran Comprehensive Breast Center recently achieved accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Lutheran is the region's only accredited breast cancer center. NAPBC accreditation challenges breast cancer centers to enhance the care they provide by addressing patient-centered needs and measuring the quality of the care they deliver against national standards.
The Lutheran Cancer Center team understands that breast cancer is both a physical and an emotional journey. The team provides a wide range of breast cancer services to support patients and families from diagnosis through post-treatment.
On one central campus, a comprehensive team of providers guide patients through their breast cancer journey. During the journey, patients experience four integral steps to cancer care:
A team of nurse navigators provide education, referral to services and support during diagnosis and treatment. The Cancer Resource Center offers several avenues of assistance to patients and their families including complementary therapy resources.
At the Lutheran Comprehensive Breast Center, our commitment is to include patients as part of the decision-making team and to provide the highest quality of care for the best possible outcome. Along with cancer services, the center also provides breast care for benign conditions and diseases. Learn more about the center's wide scope of services.
Know the risk factors and symptoms of breast cancer.
Breast cancer risk factors include:
- Sex - breast cancer occurs nearly 100 times more often in women than in men.
- Race - Caucasian women develop breast cancer slightly more often than African-American women.
- Older age - 2 out of 3 women with invasive cancer are diagnosed after age 55.
- History of breast cancer - if you've had cancer in one breast, you're at an increased risk of having it in the other breast.
- Family history - having a parent, sibling or child with breast cancer increases your risk.
Talk with your healthcare provider about your risk factors for breast cancer and what you can do about them.
Breast cancer often causes no symptoms in its early stages. Women with early breast cancer usually don't have pain or notice any breast changes. It is important to routinely screen for breast cancer because it can likely be detected in its earliest stages. As cancer grows, it can cause symptoms such as:
- A lump, thickening, or swelling in or near your breast or under your arm
- A change in the size or shape of your breast
- Nipple discharge
- Nipple inversion
- Nipple or breast pain
- A change in the look or feel of the skin of your breast or nipple
It's important to see your healthcare provider if you notice any of these symptoms.
Call the Lutheran Hospital Women's Imaging Suite at (260) 435-7377 to schedule your screening mammogram today.