• Breast Care Center

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    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.

    To help make breast care accessible to women, Bassett has mammogram units in several locations. 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.

    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.

    Digital mammography

    All mammography units at Bassett Healthcare Network are accredited by the American College of Radiology. In addition, all mammography technologists hold their advanced level mammography certification.

    More information about digital mammography is available from the National Cancer Institute

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    Interventional Breast Procedures

    The following interventional breast procedures are available:

    • Wire localizations under x-ray or ultrasound guidance
    • X-ray guided (stereotactic) Mammotome or core biopsies
    • Ultrasound guided Mammotome or core biopsies
    • Cyst aspiration under ultrasound guidance

    More information about breast biopsy procedures is available from BreastCancer.org 

    Bassett Makes Breast Care Convenient

    Mammogram Sites: The Bassett Clinic in Cooperstown, FoxCare Center and A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta, Little Falls Hospital, O'Connor Hospital in Delhi, Cobleskill Regional Hospital and Herkimer Health Center.

    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.

    Cancer Services Program provides free mammograms to under-insured or uninsured women who meet income guidelines. For information, call toll free 1-888-345-0225 or directly at 607-433-3707.

    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 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 University of Rochester Medical Center to provide tele-genetic counseling. We hope to be able to offer on-site counseling and testing in the near future.