Breast Cancer and Early Detection
The most basic step in the early detection of breast cancer is monthly breast self-exams. If a woman finds something unfamiliar while examining her breasts she is encouraged to make an appointment right away. In addition to self examinations, clinical breast exams and annual mammograms are very important and increase a woman's chances of surviving breast cancer.
By age 40, every woman should have her first baseline mammogram. After that, women should have one every year. Mammograms are the primary tool for detecting breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage.
To help make breast care accessible to women, Bassett has mammogram units in several locations. It also has a mobile mammogram van and participates in the Healthy Living Partnership Program that helps under-insured and uninsured women get screening tests for several different kinds of cancer.
To schedule an appointment for a mammogram, call your primary care provider for a referral. For more information about Bassett's Breast Care Program, call 1-800-939-0090.
Bassett Makes Breast Care Convenient
Mammogram Sites are The Bassett Clinic in Cooperstown, O'Connor Hospital in Delhi, Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County in Cobleskill, Bassett Healthcare in Herkimer and Oneonta Specialty Services.
Mobile Mammography Van brings education, breast exams and mammograms to women at sites throughout the region. For sites, dates and more information, call toll free 1-888-416-3409.
Healthy Living Partnership Program provides free mammograms to under-insured or uninsured women who meet income guidelines. For information, call toll free 1-888-416-3409.
Cancer Information Centers in Cooperstown, Herkimer and Oneonta have books and tapes on cancer-related topics and provides Internet access. For information, call 1-800-939-0090 in Cooperstown, 315-867-2760 in Herkimer and 607-433-6470 in Oneonta.
Multi-Disciplinary Tumor Board brings specialties from throughout the Bassett Healthcare network together each week to discuss challenging or unusual cases.
Breast Cancer Research is conducted by Bassett's Research Institute and through participation in national breast cancer treatment and prevention studies.
Genetic Counseling and testing is offered through Bassett. Women who believe they are at high risk or are known to be at high risk may wish to discuss genetic counseling and testing. Bassett has a relationship with the Ferre Institute, which has offices throughout central New York. We hope to be able to offer on-site counseling and testing in the near future.