Excela Health Breast Center
Excela Health offers a range of breast care services in private, comfortable surroundings where you receive the highest quality treatment and care possible. In our state-of-the-art mammography suites, for both screening and diagnostic mammograms, certified technologists use the most advanced diagnostic equipment to perform your exam. A full-time, board certified radiologist is on hand to interpret results and consult with you, if the need arises.
Excela Health is dedicated to providing highly advanced imaging services to facilitate accurate diagnosis of breast malignancies. Our women’s imaging services include:
- Digital breast tomosythesis (3D mammography)
- Breast MRI
- Breast ultrasound
- Stereotactic breast biopsy
- Specialty-trained radiologists for interpreting breast images
- Computer-aided diagnostics
Our mammography locations include:
Excela Square at Latrobe, 100 Excela Health Drive, Suite 104, Latrobe, PA 15650
Frick Hospital, part of Excela Square at Frick, 508 South Church Street, Mount Pleasant, PA 15666
Westmoreland Hospital, 532 West Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, PA 15601
724-832-4394, select option #3
Excela Square at Norwin, 8775 Norwin Avenue, North Huntingdon, PA 15642
What You Need To Know About Breast Cancer
One in eight women will be affected by breast cancer in her lifetime.
But, advances in screening, education and information have brought greater awareness about the disease and the benefits of early detection and intervention. In fact, survival rates for breast cancer have increased while the number of deaths continue to decrease.
Most importantly, knowing the symptoms and getting screened are key ways to help reduce your risk. At Excela Health, every woman (and man, in rare cases) gets a 3D screening mammogram allowing for a better tissue view and improved ability to detect potential breast cancers more readily, among other benefits.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Knowing the symptoms means you, and your doctor, and detect breast cancer earlier, at a more treatable stage. Those symptoms may include:
• A breast lump, swelling or thickening • Skin rash, irritation or dimpling, like the skin of an orange
• Breast or nipple pain; peeling, flaking,
scaling or crusting on the breast or nipple • Inverted nipple
• Nipple discharge (not breast milk) • Changes in the shape, size or appearance of the breast
Risk Factors and Prevention
Many breast lumps are not cancerous, but when there are concerns about this or other findings, a woman should see her doctor. Some may have one or more risk factors, which may not necessarily mean a woman has breast cancer. Know the risk factors and ways to reduce your risk.
• Age • Being a female
• A history of breast cancer or breast lumps • Dense breast tissue
• A family history of breast cancer • Being overweight
• Drinking alcohol • Hormone treatments such as estrogen therapy for a long period
• Starting your period younger than 12 years • Entering menopause at an older age
• Discuss breast screening with your doctor • Know your breasts through self-examination
• Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all • Exercise
• Eat healthy foods • Maintain a healthy weight
• Talk with your doctor about limiting hormone therapy after menopause