Breast Basics

Breast Health 101

Delivering exceptional care begins with empowering patients. When it comes to your breast health, knowledge truly is power.

Did you know that only about 10 percent of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary? Or that making better lifestyle choices could reduce your risk of breast cancer? Or that screening mammograms can save lives?

Holland Hospital Comprehensive Breast Services will help answer your questions, as well as sort common myths from facts, arming you with knowledge and support you can trust. Remember, most women who are at average risk should begin getting annual mammograms at age 40. And if you notice any changes in your breasts, make an appointment with your doctor right away, even if your most recent mammogram was normal.

Mammograms, clinical breast exams and self-awareness of your breasts are a highly effective combination for early detection, when breast cancer is most treatable. For more on breast health and breast imaging, watch this presentation by Dr. Susan Ervine, Co-Medical Director, Holland Hospital Comprehensive Breast Health Services.

Breast Health: What Women Need to Know

Breast Health: What Women Need to Know presented by Susan Ervine, MD.

Determining Your Risk

While there is no way to guarantee avoiding breast cancer, there’s a lot you can do to lower your risk. Understanding your personal risk factors for breast cancer—especially those you can control—is a great first step.

Learn more about Holland Hospital's High Risk Breast Clinic.

For more on breast cancer risks, watch this video presentation by Dr. Jane Pettinga, Co-Medical Director, Holland Hospital Comprehensive Breast Services.

How To Map Your Cancer Risk

Build the Best You, Sept 15, 2016 -- Drs. Jessica Hafner and Jane Pettinga explain the basics of cancer genetics and walk you through creating your family tree to learn if additional guidance is needed to assess and reduce your risk.

  • Genetic Counseling and Testing: You’ve probably heard if breast cancer doesn’t run in your family, you won’t get it. The truth is, inherited abnormal genes only cause five to 10 percent of breast cancer cases. We can help you and your family understand your individual risk of inheriting a breast cancer gene. Our specialists are trained to advise you on your risk, and can refer you to genetic counseling and testing as needed. From there, they’ll continue to offer guidance on how to incorporate your test results into your risk-reduction and follow-up care plan.

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