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Breast Cancer Month
Awareness. Knowledge. Courage.

AWARENESS | What can you expect from the region's best breast care center?

Start with comprehensive breast health services that continually exceed national best practice standards, confidence in knowing you are in skilled hands and peace of mind that you are getting the best care possible.

You'll meet with expert clinicians who employ the latest technologies, like 3D Mammograms or Tomosynthesis, to find cancer early when it is most treatable. You'll have the opportunity to sit down with our on-site radiologist to discuss test results without a long waiting period and get referrals to the resources and specialists you may need for further testing and treatment. The best part is they are all right here in a comfortable, convenient setting where the attention is focused on you, the patient.

When you make your appointment ask us about same day mammography readings by our Fellowship trained Radiologist!

KNOWLEDGE | Don't Wait

There is a 27% survival rate in advanced stage breast cancer. There is a 98% survival rate in early detection of breast cancer.

Are you confused by recent reports that women at average risk for developing breast cancer can begin their annual mammograms at a later age? Let us help you clear the air - Don’t wait.

As Nashua’s leader in women’s imaging, we reaffirm the position of the  American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), which recommend annual screening beginning at age 40.

Annual mammographic screening, beginning at age 40, is still the best preventive measure we have. Breast cancer, the most common cancer diagnosed in women in America, is most curable when caught at its earliest stage, and a mammogram is one of the most effective methods of detecting cancer, often before physical symptoms can be seen or felt.

The Breast Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital remains committed to providing low-dose, 3D technology in both Nashua and Milford. 3D mammography technology brings further clarity to the mammographic image. This can result in fewer false positive mammograms and also requires less ‘press time’.

Don’t risk your health by reducing your screenings. Early detection is still the best protection and can allow you to be a candidate for less aggressive treatment regimens.

Fast Facts

  • Is breast cancer hereditary? Yes, roughly 5-10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, meaning that they result directly from gene defects (called mutations) passed on from a parent. Women with mothers or sisters who had breast cancer are considered to be at a higher risk of having breast cancer.
  • What is BRCA? BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes that produce tumor suppressor proteins. These proteins help repair damaged DNA and, therefore, play a role in ensuring the stability of the cell’s genetic material. When either of these genes is mutated, or altered, such that its protein product either is not made or does not function correctly, DNA damage may not be repaired properly. As a result, cells are more likely to develop additional genetic alterations that can lead to cancer.
  • 11% of women in the United Stated diagnosed with breast cancer are under the age of 45.
  • 1 in 8 women (12%) will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.
  • Getting a mammogram can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer by 30 to 40% among women ages 40 to 70. 

Resources

National Cancer Institute- BRCA fact sheet

American Cancer Society- Breast cancer risk factors

BreastCancer.org- 5 Steps of a Self Breast Exam

Guildlines for Screening

COURAGE | Stay Strong & Inspire

When you or a loved one is faced with the frightening diagnosis of breast cancer, it's natural to experience feelings like hopelessness, fear, and despair. In those moments, we are most in need of simple words that can bring comfort, faith, and the hope of healing. We would like to share a collection of our favorite quotes.

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa

“Time is shortening. But every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me.” – Ingrid Bergman

“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” – Emory Austin

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon

“We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.” – Lance Armstrong

“Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amidst joy.” – Felicia Hemans

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Scars are tattoos with better stories.” – Anonymous

“Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.” – Jim Valvano

“You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It’s a mindset.” – Dave Pelzer

"Cancer may have started the fight, but I will finish it.” – gotCancer.org

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have” – Cayla Mills

“Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.” – Anonymous

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill

“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” – C.C. Scott

“We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.” – Winston Churchill

“We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.” – Anonymous

“Optimism is the foundation of courage.” – Nicholas Murray Butler