Breast Cancer Awareness
The first priority of the McLeod Breast Health Center is to provide breast cancer awareness to women in the Pee Dee. The McLeod Cancer Library is open five days a week and offers free materials and a caring staff to answer questions. The McLeod Community Education Coordinator regularly provides the community and industries with the most recent breast health information and resources.
Eating right, being active, and maintaining a healthy weight are important ways to reduce your risk of cancer. Aim for a healthy diet, learn to control calories and portion sizes and find activities to fit your lifestyle.
Because early detection is the best defense for breast cancer, McLeod provides the latest in breast health technology with three digital mammography units located in Breast Imaging at McLeod Regional Medical Center and a fourth digital mammography unit located on the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit. The availability of these four digital units at McLeod Regional Medical Center makes digital mammography more accessible to residents of the community, and assists McLeod in the fight against breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for women in the United States. In addition, the mammography technicians at McLeod are certified to perform mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies providing patients with continuity of care through the diagnosis process.
McLeod provides every breast cancer patient with individualized treatment. Patients have their own certified breast care educator, the McLeod Breast Health Specialist, who coordinates the unique clinical, educational and support needs of each breast cancer patient and her family. She is available 24 hours a day directly by cell phone or via www.McLeodHealth.org. Additionally, a specialized Breast Center made up of a multidisciplinary team of physicians meet weekly to collectively decide on individual treatment plans for every breast cancer patient at McLeod. This means that every breast cancer patient receives optimal study and care specific to their case with a second, third, fourth and even fifth medical opinion for free.
In addition to saving lives and improving the outlook for women with breast cancer, the McLeod Breast Health Center aims to involve patients and their families in the entire treatment plan, offering personal care and individualized treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The McLeod Breast Health Center has been granted accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. McLeod is the only Breast Health Center in this region of the state to receive this prestigious acknowledgement of the quality of care it offers to breast cancer patients.
In 2014, the McLeod Breast Health Center became the first in the region to be named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.