One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. But with increased awareness, early detection and innovative new treatments, survival rates continue to rise.
At Central Maine Healthcare, we’re committed to providing compassionate, high-quality breast care to the central, western and mid-coast Maine communities. From the most advanced imaging technology available, to a full range of treatment options and support services, you’ll find everything you need at locations close to home.
Learn more about our comprehensive care below.
About Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells within the breast. Breast cancer begins in the breast tissue, which is comprised of glands used for milk production (called lobules) and ducts that connect these lobules to the nipple. The remainder of the breast is made up of fatty, connective and lymphatic tissue.
With the exception of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, and the second leading cause of cancer death, second only to lung cancer.
Many breast lumps turn out to be non-cancerous, though a malignant lump can mean that the cancer has already spread beyond the breast. That’s why it’s crucial to get regular breast screenings, so your doctor can catch and treat any concerns before they become serious.
Whether you have a family history of breast cancer, or just want to stay on top of your health, Central Maine Healthcare offers the preventive services and support you need for your peace of mind. Start by understanding your personal breast cancer risk factors, and how you can take control right away. If you have a family history of breast cancer, or other factors that may increase your risk, talk to your doctor about further ways to prevent the disease.
If you’re over 40, getting an annual mammogram is your best weapon against breast cancer. Mammography has proven to be the most effective tool for detecting breast cancer early , when it’s most treatable. Central Maine Healthcare offers all-digital mammography, with crystal-clear images that can be magnified to pinpoint any suspicious areas.
Not all breast problems are cancer, but if you’re diagnosed, our breast cancer experts will be by your side. Our dedicated care team—including gynecologic and radiation oncologists, breast surgeons, specially trained nurses, physical therapists and more—work closely to create a personalized cancer treatment plan. Should you need surgery, we offer a full range of breast procedures, including mastectomy, lumpectomy, breast reconstruction and more to help return you to good health. And you have access to leading breast cancer clinical trials, right here at home.
The Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Care Center includes The Sam and Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center, which is a nationally accredited Breast Center of Excellence, in addition to being accredited by several renowned professional healthcare organizations that supervise the quality of cancer care. That means you can find peace of mind, knowing that you’re getting excellent care, without having to travel far from home.
Throughout your journey, you’ll find a variety of cancer support services to meet your physical, emotional, spiritual and financial needs. That includes your very own breast cancer nurse navigator to coordinate all of your care, connect you to valuable resources and provide extra comfort and support at every step.