Diagnosing Breast Cancer: Early Detection is Still the Best Prevention

Eugene Chang, MD

Eugene Chang, MD, FACS

Early detection is critical to successful treatment of breast cancer. More than 4,500 women in Virginia are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Breast cancer experts agree that the best way to treat the disease is with early detection and a multidisciplinary team approach like that provided by the breast care teams at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center and Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center. Women will find a dedicated team of cancer specialists committed to tailoring each patient’s care to her individual case.

Our comprehensive breast cancer program features a streamlined assessment process, state-of-the-art technology and the personalized care of a nurse navigator to guide patients through all phases of treatment and recovery. A breast cancer diagnosis can be terrifying, but with Bon Secours’ personalized treatment plans and the latest technology in the hands of our cancer team, it doesn’t have to be.

For normal risk women, our breast care teams endorse the American Cancer Society’s screening recommendations:

  • Women ages 40 and older should have a mammogram every year.
  • Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a regular health exam every three years. Starting at age 40, women should have a CBE every year.
  • Breast self-examination is an option for women starting in their 20s, though they need to be informed about its benefits and limitations.

For more information about breast cancer or to make an appointment with a physician, please call 757-889-CARE (2273) or visit bshr.com/cancer.

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Eugene Change, MD, FACS, of Tidewater Surgical Specialists, is a fellow of immunotherapy, as well as a fellow of surgical oncology with the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Surgery Branch, in Bethesda, Md. In addition, he is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Surgery. He also is a fellow with the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

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