Breast Health

The Breast Health Program throughout the Bellin Health System, focuses on education, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and other benign breast conditions. Early detection is the key in increasing your chances of surviving breast cancer.

Our screening program includes a combination of:

  • At age 20 and older, a monthly breast self-exam (BSE) following your period if you are menstruating or once a month at the same time if not menstruating.
  • At age 20 – 39, a clinical breast exam (CBE) every few years by your medical provider. A CBE should be done annually at age 40 and older.
  • Mammograms
    • Every 1-2 years age 40 – 49
    • Annual age 50 and older
    • As needed if a lump or change in the breast is noted.

We offer the latest in technology to help diagnose breast cancer. In addition to traditional and digital mammography, we offer breast ultrasound and MRI.

We provide Breast Health services for mammography at Bellin Hospital as well as at the Algoma and Oconto Falls Family Medical Centers. Mammograms are performed by registered mammography technologists in FDA/MQSA accredited facilities. Mammograms do require an order from your medical provider.

If an area of concern is detected, Bellin offers a variety of methods to biopsy (take a tissue sample of the area of concern) including stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI guided needle biopsy and excisional (surgical removal of an area).

We know how agonizing it can be waiting for the results from these tests. That’s why a member of the breast team at the hospital site gives written results at the time of your mammogram and or ultrasound exam. The Breast health program at Bellin focuses on helping women and men, with no needless wait, through the system for their breast health needs.  We work with you and your provider to facilitate the next step in the process in evaluating your breast health.

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