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Breast health

From regular checkups and screenings to the latest imaging technologies and treatments, you can access all our expert breast care services at our convenient location.

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Breast care in Palatka

When you need breast health services close to home, our specialists are here for you.

At HCA Florida Putnam Hospital, our dedicated physicians, surgeons and oncologists are committed to providing our patients with high-quality breast care. This includes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. From breast cancer screenings to advanced cancer treatments, we offer comprehensive breast health care.

Our breast health services

We are passionate about providing outstanding breast care in a comfortable environment.

Comprehensive breast care

We encourage our patients to stay informed about their breast health by seeking preventive care. If breast cancer is detected, we are here to support you from diagnosis to survivorship.

Cancer care should be comprehensive and compassionate, which is why we offer a variety of services.

These include:

  • Breast biopsies
  • Chemotherapy
  • Mammograms
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Physical therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Support groups
Digital mammography

A mammogram uses low-dose X-ray imaging technology to examine breast tissue. Digital mammography allows images to be displayed on a computer screen and provide a more detailed picture. Regularly scheduled mammograms enable doctors to detect small tumors at a much earlier stage — years before we can feel them — which significantly increases the chances of successful treatment.

To schedule a mammogram, contact our central scheduling team at (386) 326-8325.

Lifestyle changes to reduce breast cancer risk

There are many steps women can take that might reduce their risk of breast cancer or help them find it in its earliest, most curable stages. These steps include:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Receive an annual mammogram if you are 40 years old or older

Talk to your doctor about your personal risk factors for breast cancer and when you should begin screenings.

Recognizing breast cancer symptoms

Knowledge about breast cancer, including the symptoms, increase the chance of detecting the disease.

Talk to your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • A lump under your arm or on your breast
  • An inwardly turned nipple
  • Discharge from the breasts (other than breast milk)
  • Pain in the breasts or nipples
  • Swelling of the breasts
  • Scaling or redness developing on the nipple or breast skin

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