At the Breast Center at Santa Rosa Memorial, we’re passionate about preventing and treating breast cancer.
If you need a mammogram or another type of screening, we’ll help you get it. If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, we’ll make sure you get the most advanced treatments available, customized just for you. If you’re afraid and uncertain, we’ll guide you through.
Our center is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Our experts have achieved diagnostic and treatment outcomes that far exceed state and national standards. We work for your good health and healing.
Our Breast Center offers state-of-the-art procedures to accurately screen for and diagnose breast cancer. These include:
- Breast MRI
- Cancer risk assessment
- Diagnostic ultrasound
- Digital mammography, including 3D mammography
- MRI needle biopsy
- Stereotactic needle biopsy
- Ultrasound needle biopsy
Mammograms are one of the most important tools doctors have in breast cancer prevention and early detection.
- Mammograms are recommended annually for women age 45 to 54
- Women 55 and older can switch to mammograms every 2 years, or continue yearly screening
- In some cases, screening recommendations begin at earlier ages. If you have an increased risk for breast cancer, we recommend regular screenings. Your health care provider can help identify if you are at an increased risk.
- You may choose to have a screening earlier and/or more often if you feel the benefit outweighs the potential concern
Providence utilizes digital mammography, which provides clearer, more accurate X-ray images. This means shorter examination times, quicker results, more convenience and less anxiety for you.
To schedule your mammogram, call 707-52-MAMMO or 707-526-2666.
If you have breast cancer, we use the most advanced therapies available to treat your cancer and preserve healthy breast tissue.
Our services include:
- Axillary reverse lymphatic mapping (ARM)
- External beam radiation therapy
- Genomic testing
- Hormone therapy
- Intraoperative digital specimen X-ray
- Oncoplastic surgery
- Sentinel lymph node dissection
- Survivorship training
Our specialists will work together to help you conquer breast cancer. Your care team may include:
- Breast surgeons
- Cancer genetics counselors
- Clinical research professionals
- Medical oncologists
- Patient navigator
- Radiation oncologists
- Rehabilitation specialists
The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chances of successful treatment. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to any changes in your breasts that could be signs of breast cancer. Understanding what is normal for your breasts, and what isn’t, can be lifesaving.
In the very earliest stages, breast cancer has no outward symptoms. Sometimes the earliest sign is a tiny lump, or mass, that’s detectable only on a mammogram. As the disease progresses, however, more noticeable changes might appear. These can vary widely — while a lump is the most common symptom, it is by no means the only one. Any of the following changes could be a warning sign of breast cancer:
- A lump in the breast or armpit area
- Thickening or redness of the breast skin
- Swelling in all or part of the breast
- Dimpling, puckering, irritation or scaliness of the breast skin or nipple
- Pain or tenderness in the breast or nipple
- A nipple that turns inward, flattens out, pulls to one side or changes direction
- Bloody nipple discharge or unilateral discharge other than breast milk
These symptoms may be signs of breast cancer in men as well as women.
If you notice a potential symptom of breast cancer, or if you’re concerned about any changes in the way one of your breasts looks or feels, please call your primary care provider or breast care specialist. While these symptoms don’t always indicate cancer — sometimes they are signs of something less serious, such as a cyst or an infection — it’s important to have a physician evaluate them right away. Don’t wait to see if they go away on their own. It bears repeating: treating breast cancer successfully is much easier when it’s caught and treated early.
Ready to schedule your mammogram?
Schedule your appointment through MyChart. The process is easy and offers more in-network imaging locations to our community.
View our self-scheduling guide to help navigate the process.