Not everyone has the same risk for developing breast cancer over a lifetime. Certain factors increase an individual's risk, and some have a bigger impact on risk than others. Many risk factors, such as age and gender, are not within our control. Others, especially those related to personal behaviors, can be modified.
For more information on breast cancer risk and surveillance, please visit the High Risk Program webpage.
Our Cancer Genetics Program is dedicated to helping patients assess, understand and reduce the risk of developing certain types of genetically influenced cancer such as breast cancer. Individuals with a strong family history of cancer, which may include earlier than average age at cancer diagnosis and multiple family members with the same type of cancer or cancers associated with the same genetic cause (like breast and ovarian), may benefit from a consult with one of our genetic counselors.
Northside’s Breast Cancer Program is committed to providing women with the education and resources they need to stay healthy.
While there is no guaranteed prevention against breast cancer, maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise and avoiding smoking and other tobacco products will reduce the risk of breast cancer.
As part of our comprehensive approach to cancer prevention and education, Northside offers Built To Quit, a smoking and tobacco cessation program offering resources to help individuals quit smoking and stop using other tobacco products. For additional information please call 404-780-7653 or email [email protected] or click on the button below to register online for an upcoming class.
Regular mammograms - the only test proven to significantly reduce the rate of death from breast cancer - are pivotal to detecting breast cancer early, when the disease is most treatable.
As a national leader in the fight against breast cancer, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute supports the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommendation for annual mammograms beginning at age 40. Because of their family history, genetic tendency or other risk factors, some women should be screened earlier and may need different types of screening. Talk with your doctor about your personal and family history and whether you should have additional tests or should start screening for breast cancer at an earlier age.
Northside Hospital provides comprehensive breast cancer screening and diagnostic services at convenient locations across Georgia, as well as through our Screen Atlanta Mobile Mammography van.
Call 404-851-6577 to schedule an appointment for a breast cancer screening at one of our imaging centers.
A specially equipped van, made possible through a generous grant from the Northside Hospital Atlanta Auxiliary, offers screening mammograms at various locations throughout Georgia communities.
Screen Atlanta is certified by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and meets the standards set forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). Mammograms provided on the mobile unit are of the same high quality as those provided at our outpatient imaging locations. Each mammogram is performed by a Northside Hospital registered radiologic technologist (RRT), with advanced training and certification in mammography, and is interpreted by a board-certified radiologist, who has received advanced training in breast imaging.
Call 770-667-4400 to schedule an appointment with Screen Atlanta.
For patients that cannot afford breast cancer screening, Northside can help with financial assistance for mammograms through our Breast Care Fund. Through the generous support from community partners such as the Northside Hospital Foundation, Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, and Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, Northside is able to provide financial assistance for mammograms and breast diagnostic services for qualified applicants.
For more information about the Breast Care Fund and to see if you qualify, please call 404-531-4444.
More details about Breast Care Fund and eligibility requirements can be reviewed in the flyers below.Breast Cancer Screening Eligibility (English) Breast Cancer Screening Eligibility (Spanish)
Mammography is the gold standard for breast imaging when screening for and diagnosing breast cancer. It is the only test that has been proven to significantly reduce the rate of death from breast cancer. Northside Hospital performs more than 100,000 mammograms each year.
At Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, we offer a variety of diagnostic tests and procedures to diagnose breast cancer. These diagnostic services are performed in the outpatient setting by radiologists who are sub-specialized in breast imaging procedures.
NHCI offers the following services to diagnose breast cancer:
Our breast imaging centers are designated as American College of Radiology Comprehensive Imaging Breast Centers.
Northside makes scheduling a mammogram or diagnostic service easy with imaging centers throughout Georgia offering evening and weekend hours.
Call 404-851-6577 to schedule an appointment at one of our imaging centers.
The strength of Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Program is our multidisciplinary team of dedicated breast cancer specialists and oncology support services team members. Our expert physicians work together every step of the way to provide individualized care for each breast cancer patient.
Our multidisciplinary medical team of breast cancer specialists consists of:
NHCI’s Breast Cancer Program holds a weekly multidisciplinary breast cancer conferences to provide a forum for breast cancer specialists to review radiology and pathology images and discuss the best breast cancer treatment options, including clinical trials, and agree upon an evidence-based treatment plan for each patient. By discussing breast cancer cases during conference, breast cancer patients get the benefit of not just one clinical perspective but more than a dozen expert opinions.
Our accredited program treats every type of breast cancer with the latest cancer treatments – including personalized therapies based on the cancer’s specific genetic and molecular makeup, as well as offering clinical trials across the continuum of care.
Expand the content below for more information about breast cancer treatments.
Click the button on the right to listen to Dr. Nancy Wiggers, radiation oncologist at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute
For anyone facing breast cancer, ongoing support is crucial to maintain quality of life. Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Program provides a full range of breast cancer support and survivorship programs and services to address the unique needs of each breast cancer patient and survivor.
Breast cancer treatment and recovery can be overwhelming, which is why our Breast Cancer Program offers patients access to oncology nurse navigators to guide them through every step of their cancer. Our breast cancer nurse navigators are registered nurses with extensive knowledge and training in oncology. They are available to provide education and support to patients who are diagnosed and/or treated within the Northside Hospital system.
Our oncology nurse navigators facilitate access to Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s comprehensive portfolio of cancer patient support and survivorship services to ensure each breast cancer patient receives coordinated and personalized care.
The Network of Hope (NoH) program connects cancer patients with trained volunteers who have also faced cancer and embraced life afterward. Volunteer cancer survivors and caregivers are available to mentor cancer patients throughout their treatment.