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Advanced Breast Health Care in the North Shore
10/25/2016

It seems the older we get, the more responsibilities we have in our lives.  And sometimes with life’s increasing stresses, we don’t always take the time to take care of ourselves.  For women, when it comes to your breast health, you may ask yourself “do I really need an annual mammogram?” 

Debra Gentile, R.T.R.(M), the Breast Health Navigator at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), says that getting a yearly mammogram is the single most effective method for detecting breast cancer early. That’s also when it is most treatable.

When it comes to breast cancer, here are a few tips Gentile shared about prevention:

Know Your Breasts

Monthly self breast exams are critical. If you are familiar with your breasts, you will be able to detect whether there has been a change in their size, shape or color.  You will also notice any swelling, redness or change of the nipple. You should call your doctor right away if you see any of these changes.

Be Active

A healthy lifestyle is the first step in the prevention of breast cancer. Make sure you are getting plenty of exercise and that you’re at a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese, especially after menopause, increases your risk of breast cancer.  

Get a Mammogram

Starting at the age of 40, schedule your mammogram annually. This exam is used to find and diagnose breast cancer early.  Mammograms can detect breast cancer and show changes in the breast even years before you or your doctor can feel them. Tomosynthesis, or 3-D mammography, can result in better detection and greater peace of mind.

Take action! One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Live a healthy lifestyle and take the steps in preventing the disease. 

North Shore Medical Center offers screening mammography at four convenient locations. 

  • NSMC Salem Hospital, 81 Highland Avenue, Salem
  • NSMC Outpatient Services, One Hutchinson Drive, Danvers
  • Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care, Danvers
  • NSMC Union Hospital, 500 Lynnfield Street, Lynn

In addition, the Mass General/North Shore Breast Health Center combines the expertise of NSMC and Massachusetts General Hospital to provide the highest caliber of care in a supportive, convenient and patient-focused manner. The Center offers: 

  • Breast screening exams including breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) and breast MRI
  • Breast cancer diagnostics
  • Breast surgery
  • Cancer care
  • Patient support services

To learn more about NSMC’s services, please visit our Breast Health Center page.

North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) is a multi-site health system headquartered in Salem, Mass., which includes NSMC Salem Hospital, NSMC Union Hospital in Lynn, MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center, NSMC Heart Center, and the physician network known as North Shore Physicians Group. NSMC and Massachusetts General Hospital together provide care at the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. NSMC is a member of Partners HealthCare, which was founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. #northshoremed

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