Breast Care Center
at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital
According to the National Cancer Institute, one in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.
The good news is, when detected early, the breast cancer survival rate is 98 percent. Early detection can save your life.
While no one knows for sure what causes breast cancer, genetic traits and lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise may play roles in the development of the disease. The American Cancer Society recommends a baseline screening mammography for every woman between the ages of 35 and 39 (possibly earlier, if there's a family history of breast cancer), and an annual mammogram each year after the age of 40.
Cottage provides preventive and early detection programs and treatment options for breast cancer. We offer all services from digital mammography screening to breast surgery. Our supportive staff at the Breast Care Center at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital will answer your breast health questions and provide you with the health resources you need.
Digital mammography provides crisp, clear, easy-to-understand images, and it delivers rapid results for physicians and patients. We offer state-of-the-art digital mammography which can help pinpoint cancer in its earliest stages.
The machine features a sophisticated computer-aided detection system that provides crisp, clear images that help clinicians pinpoint cancer in it earliest stages. And because these images are immediately available in digital form, there's no need to develop film. That makes the entire process much shorter.
A screening mammogram generally takes only 15 to 20 minutes, with results mailed to patients within 48 hours.
The clarity of a digital mammography
(above, left) compared with a film image.
To schedule your mammography screening , call Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital's Breast Care Center at (805) 681-6459, between 8:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m. weekdays. You don't need a physician's order for a screening mammography appointment.
For more information about breast cancer -- the risk factors, the warning signs, the diagnosis and treatment options -- see the resources at right, or call (805) 681-6459.