BREAST CANCER: Breast Diagnostic Specialists' senior mammographer Jayne Rogers.
BREAST CANCER: Breast Diagnostic Specialists' senior mammographer Jayne Rogers. Tracey Johnstone

New breast cancer diagnostic service for Coast

BREAST Diagnostic Specialists has opened its doors with the latest equipment and services to bring significant benefit to Sunshine Coast women.

It's an exciting new practice dedicated to providing trusted breast care for women on the Sunshine Coast.

The centre will provide a comprehensive range of services including breast screening, breast diagnostics, interventional procedures and breast consultation in a welcoming, private environment specifically tailored for women.

Breast Diagnostic Specialists will strive to provide the highest quality breast imaging and diagnostic services, in recognition that early detection is the key to saving lives.

"We are proud to offer 3D Mammography, breast tomosynthesis, for both diagnostic mammograms, for patients with symptoms, and screening mammograms for patients with no symptoms," BDS managing director, Dr Siavash Es'haghi said.

"By providing 3D mammography, Breast Diagnostic Specialists offers women on the Sunshine Coast access to an innovative and effective breast imaging technology.

"As part of our dedicated approach to breast health care, each mammography scan is independently read by two of our Breast Diagnostic Specialists.

"Our specialists are fully accredited, including FRANZCR and accreditation with BreastScreening Qld.

"We also have highly trained and caring staff, all of whom share a commitment to women's breast health."

Patients will have the freedom to consult with one of the diagnostic specialists on the day, who can answer questions and provide further information.

As the centre has a comprehensive approach to breast diagnostics services, it will also have a range of interventional procedures we perform, including biopsies. We also offer Breast MRI services.

"Breast Diagnostic Specialists is the progeny of Sunshine Coast Radiology, which has a long-standing commitment and reputation on the Sunshine Coast," Dr Es'haghi said.

"Sunshine Coast Radiology is in its 10th year of providing high quality breast care in the region."

Breast Diagnostic Specialists can be contacted on 5436 7555 or through its website, www.breastdiagnosticpecialists.com.au.

Breast Cancer Facts:

  • It is the most common cancer in women and the second most common cause of cancer-related death in women.
  • 15,600 Australian women are estimated to be diagnosed in 2015.
  • 1-in-8 Australian women will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
  • Having a mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer approximately doubles a woman's risk. However, 9-in-10 diagnosed do not have a family history.
  • Finding invasive breasts cancers early increases the chance of surviving breast cancer. If found before spreading to lymph nodes, the five year survival rate is 96%.

Breast Diagnostic Specialists: an age guide for breast screening:

Breast Diagnostics Specialists is dedicated to providing trusted breast care and a commitment to breast health.

They recommend having regular screening mammograms, as early detection is the best defence against breast cancer.

Here is an age guide for planning for your screening mammograms:

Under 40:

  • Screening mammograms are often less reliable for women under 40 years of age as the density of breast tissue in younger women makes it more difficult to detect cancers on mammograms.
  • However, you are encouraged to know your breasts. As part of your daily routine, establish what is your "normal" when it comes to look and feel.
  • Please seek health advice if you notice any changes.

40 to 49:

  • Talk to your GP to establish if a mammogram is right for you.
  • Continue to know your breasts and your "normal".
  • Don't hesitate to seek health advice if you notice any changes.

50-74:

  • If you are aged 50 to 74 years are encouraged to have a screening mammogram every two years.
  • Breast Diagnostic Specialists uses digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) for screening mammograms. By providing 3D mammography, breast diagnostic specialists offers women on the Sunshine Coast access to an innovative and effective breast imaging technology.
  • The centre also uses 3D mammography for diagnostic mammograms, where there are symptoms.

75+ :

  • If you are aged 75 and over and have no breast symptoms, talk to your GP about if you should continue to have mammograms.

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