Why You Should Consider Visiting an Orange County Mammogram Facility

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Cancer is a frightening disease that typically strikes with little to no warning, and is best dealt with through prevention. In the case of breast cancer, NBC Los Angeles says that “while mammograms are not a cure for breast cancer, research has shown early and routine screenings are the best way for women to lower their risks of dying from breast cancer.” However, about 50 percent of all women who undergo regular mammograms don’t always follow through with their appointments.

This is unfortunate because visiting a Los Angeles or San Diego mammogram center like OC Breast Wellness won’t take much of their time, although some women still insist that they’re too busy for that. They believe that simply looking for lumps through a breast self-exam is enough to detect the onset of breast cancer, when in fact something as simple as a change in breast size can already be a symptom of the cancer. A mammogram needs to be performed in order to remove all ambiguities, specifically to distinguish benign tumors in the breasts from cancerous ones.

A mammogram is nothing more than a quick x-ray exam designed to detect any tissue changes on the breast. Calcium deposits may signify a cancerous growth, although radiologists need to analyze them carefully before any conclusion can be made. Depending on the quality of equipment used and the efficiency of the medical personnel, a typical mammogram won’t take longer than 20 minutes. Since x-rays are involved, women are advised to consult with their physician as to how often they should have a mammogram, although those aged 50 to 74 typically undergo the procedure every two years or so.

It’s interesting to note that this particular age group also represents the 68 percent of all breast cancer cases in Orange and San Diego County, according to the California Cancer Registry. However, getting a mammogram in Orange County or elsewhere in the state shouldn’t replace the standard clinical breast exams that women are encouraged to have. Not all women can even qualify for a mammogram if their health doesn’t permit them.

In other words, fighting breast cancer requires plenty of effort on the part of the patient. If they don’t take a mammogram or any other preventive measure, they might regret saying “we’re too busy” when they had the chance of preventing breast cancer after all.

(Info from Cancer Survivor Urges Early Mammograms, NBC Los Angeles, October 22, 2013)

Re-opening Safety Protocol Procedures Effective 9/17/2020

In an attempt to practice social distancing we will be limiting the number of patients in our waiting room at one time. Please arrive on time and without additional family members or friends. Our new schedule will be every 45 minutes giving us 30 mins for the exam and 15 minutes to clean up after patient leaves the office.

 

We are only seeing patients on days and times where the other doctors are out of the office.

 

If you are not feeling well the day of your appointment please stay home and do not come in. Call 714-363-5595 to cancel and reschedule your appointment. During this time we will not be charging for same day cancellations as long as you let us know in advance.

 

Prior to Appointment:

  1. Log on to our website at www.ocbreastwellness.com and access our appointment software by clicking SCHEDULE NOW to make sure your credit card information is updated properly in the system. We will not be handling credit cards or cash during your visit. IF you are unable to do this in advance we will have you read your credit card information to us rather than take your card to scan.
  2. Ask Questions prior to your appointment; there will be “minimal talking” during the exam(s). Call in advance if you have concerns or questions.

Upon Arrival:

 

  1. Come up to the door but do not come in until previous patient has left. A chair will be outside for your convenience.
  2. We will email you via DOCUSIGN your paperwork the day before your appointment.
  3. Bring only yourself, your keys, your cell phone & your credit card into the office. No purses, books, drinks or any other items will be allowed in the office.
  4. Please wear your mask into the office and keep it on at all times during the visit (completely covering your nose and mouth). If you don’t have one we will provide one for you.
  5. We will assess your temperature upon arrival. If your respiration is below 94 you will be sent home.

During Exam:

  1. The examiner will have the proper mask, safety goggles and gloves for protection.
  2. Remember limit talking during the breast exam. We will review your results post exam.
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