Breast cancer is the second-most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of death for U.S. women, according to the American Cancer Society. Fortunately, early detection and treatment can significantly improve a woman’s prognosis, which is why bringing attention to breast health during Breast Cancer Awareness month and encouraging annual breast screening is critical.
“At Broward Health Coral Springs, we are committed to providing a full continuum of women’s health services and pride ourselves on providing comprehensive breast health services that support the best outcomes as well as the best patient experiences,” said Jared Smith, CEO of Broward Health Coral Springs. “Our physicians and caregivers go the extra mile to provide the highest level of quality care in a personalized fashion and compassionate way.”
More Comfortable Care
That includes utilizing SmartCurve technology when providing mammograms at the Women’s Diagnostic & Wellness Center, which can be more comfortable for patients. In addition to mammograms, breast health services at the women’s center include breast MRI, osteoporosis detection, breast ultrasound, and both stereotactic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies.
In addition, the Women’s Diagnostic & Wellness Center recently began offering same-day results for diagnostic mammograms. Diagnostic mammograms are typically provided to high-risk patients or those who have had a suspicious result from a standard screening mammogram.
“Even though the findings of diagnostic mammograms are often benign, waiting for results can cause significant stress for our patients,” said Roberto Martinez, Regional Manager, Radiology at Broward Health Coral Spring’s Women’s Diagnostic & Wellness Center. “Providing same-day results not only reduces anxiety but enables us to more quickly diagnose and, if determined, begin treatment for the estimated 4% of patients who have had an abnormal mammogram and are diagnosed with cancer.”
Removing Financial Barriers
As a safety-net health system serving the northern two-thirds of Broward County, Broward Health is keenly driven to lower financial barriers to care for those in greatest need. This is especially true when it comes to financial barriers to breast cancer screening and early detection. At Broward Health Coral Springs, the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund provides breast care to women in financial need. The fund was created in 2003 by Vincent and Terry Boccard in support of Vincent’s sister Lisa and her fight with breast cancer. Since then, the fund has enabled over 2,000 women to be screened, of which 90 were identified with breast cancer.
Broward Health Coral Springs is committed to providing quality healthcare for women, at every stage of life. Other women-centric services include the hospital’s award-winning Maternity Place and advanced treatment for gynecologic conditions including minimally invasive robotic surgery.
For nearly 85 years, Broward Health has been dedicated to providing quality health care to the community.
Since Broward Health Coral Springs opened its doors in 1987, it has been equally committed to northwest Broward and continues to expand its footprint and services to meet the healthcare needs of the community.
In addition, the hospital also works closely with charitable partners through the Broward Health Foundation to support its neighbors.
In 2021, the hospital aligned with Not My Daughter… Find a Cure Now!, an advocacy group that creates awareness and encouraes women to take preventative measures for their breast health while raising funds for breast cancer research and ancillary services.
Other partners include Parkland Cares, which provides trauma care and mental health services for those affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy, as well as the Juvenile Research Diabetes Foundation, Junior Achievement, and the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.
For more information on the hospital’s full range of services, visit BrowardHealth.org/BHCS.