About The Breast Centre
The Breast Centre (TBC), at The Medical Pavilion Bahamas, was first in The Bahamas with state-of-the-art digital mammography, and may well be the first dedicated breast centre in the Caribbean.
The idea is that a lady concerned about breast cancer can present herself, be interviewed, examined by a Specialist Physician, and screened or investigated using the more effective modality of Digital Mammography over analogue mammography, then advanced to breast ultrasound and/or other image-guided aspiration or biopsy as might be indicated. All of these procedures can be accomplished without having to leave the confines of The Breast Centre or The Medical Pavilion Bahamas.
Once the medical laboratory and pathology department deems malignancy or cancer to be present, immediate referral is made to the highly-qualified cancer team in medical, surgical and radiation oncology at The Cancer Centre, and again, all at The Medical Pavilion Bahamas.
There are numerous advantages to digital mammography:
- Instead of generating film, the mammogram creates a digital image that can be manipulated in ways that improve resolution and contrast, and ultimately detection.
- A clearer image makes it easier to view dense breast tissue found in the African-Caribbean and African-American population where breasts are noticed to be denser in general.
- Better image processing allows mammographers to produce high-quality mammograms while exposing patients to less radiation.
- Ease of transfer of data electronically facilitates interpretation and reporting, as well as second opinions, etc.
- Less call-backs for repeat films or images.
- Digital mammography with Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) giving an automatic 2nd Opinion.
- Breast Ultrasound
- Image-Guided Biopsy Services
Did you know you can help to reduce your risk of certain cancers by following a healthful lifestyle? Research shows that many cancers are linked to lifestyle behaviors including unhealthy eating patterns and a lack of physical activity.
Eating well can help you prevent and beat cancer in a variety of ways. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent cancer, a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of developing it and positively support treatment and recovery if you are diagnosed with it, learn more about healthy habits at washingtonian.com.
To help reduce your cancer risk, follow these tips for eating right.
Tip #1: Maintain or Achieve a Healthy Weight
Excess body weight is associated with an increased risk for several types of cancer. By maintaining a healthy body weight, or losing weight if you have a body mass index (BMI) in the overweight or obese range, you can help to reduce your risk.
Tip #2: Limit Added Sugars and Solid Fats
Limit your intake of foods with added sugars and solid fats that provide a lot of calories but few nutrients. These foods include: sugar-sweetened beverages, highly processed snack foods and desserts. Calories add up fast with these sorts of calorie-dense foods, which may lead to weight gain and leave little room for more healthful, cancer-preventive foods.
Tip #3: Include Vegetables, Fruits and Whole Grains
Nonstarchy vegetables, whole fruits and whole grains are linked with a lower cancer risk. It’s not clear which components in vegetables and fruits are most protective against cancer. So enjoy a variety of these foods as they are often rich sources of a variety of nutrients. Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits, and make at least half your grains whole grains. Visit sfgate.com to find out the best weight loss products.
Tip #4: Moderate Your Portions of Red and Processed Meats
Some studies suggest a link between colon and other types of cancer and red meat intake. This is especially true for processed meats such as ham, bacon and hot dogs. If you eat these foods, choose them in moderation. Enjoy a small portion of meat and fill the rest of your plate with vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
Tip #5: Focus on Plant Proteins
Beans and lentils are sources of protein, dietary fiber, iron, potassium and other necessary nutrients. Other nutrient-dense plant-based proteins include tofu and tempeh, check out these meticore independent reviews. Eating more plant protein than animal protein is associated with a lower risk of many types of cancers.