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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer and promoting early detection and prevention. At Valleywise Health’s Breast Clinic, we are committed to providing exceptional care and support to individuals in our Phoenix community who are navigating breast cancer and treatment. Through this blog, we want to highlight some of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to breast cancer to help you stay informed and empowered in your or your loved one’s breast health journey.
Start Scheduling Mammograms at Age 40
A significant update in breast cancer screening guidelines was made in early 2022, when the recommended age to begin regular mammograms was lowered from 50 to 40 years of age. It’s important to note that for those with a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors, screening discussions should begin earlier.
Refer Yourself to Get Checked
Regular self-exams and mammograms play a crucial role in identifying potential issues. If you discover a lump during a self-exam or if an abnormality is detected during a mammogram, don’t wait. Early intervention can make a significant difference in outcome. At Valleywise Health, you can self-refer to our Breast Clinic without needing another doctor’s referral. We are committed to getting you in within a week if a cancer diagnosis has been made elsewhere, so your treatment can be started as soon as possible.
Accessible Care for Uninsured and Underinsured Patients
We take pride in offering low-cost reconstructive breast surgery for uninsured and underinsured patients facing breast cancer. Our commitment to providing affordable care is rooted in the belief that no one should face financial barriers when dealing with breast cancer. To address healthcare disparities, we offer low-cost reconstruction including implants with the option to finance, with a total cost starting at $2000 per implant – which can run upwards of $9000 elsewhere.
Support and Compassion Every Step of the Way
Breast cancer can be an emotionally challenging journey. At Valleywise Health’s Breast Clinic, we go beyond medical expertise and ensure our patients feel supported emotionally as well. Our team is here to walk with you every step of the way, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. For our health system, Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as a reminder of the importance of early detection, access to affordable care, and the vital role that support and compassion play in a breast cancer patient’s journey. Valleywise Health‘s Breast Clinic is proud to be a part of the solution, ensuring that individuals in the Phoenix community, regardless of financial status, gender, or anything else, receive the care and support they deserve.