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Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2023

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every year in October, there is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer and the importance of breast cancer screening. During her lifetime, 1 in 8 women (and about 1% of men) will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Baystate Health not only offers specialized breast cancer care and support – we also provide breast health education and conduct important research to advance the fight against this disease.

2023 Baystate Health Breast Wellness Series

Brought to you during Breast Cancer Awareness Month by Baystate Health Every Woman

During October 2023, in addition to the Rays of Hope Walk & Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer (October 22nd), Baystate Health experts offered free virtual seminars on breast cancer and breast health. Watch the recordings below, and stay tuned for more educational seminars next year! 

The Mammogram Callback, with Dr. Folashade Ajegba

After getting a mammogram, it’s common to receive a callback which can be stressful and worrisome. Join Dr. Folashade Ajegba, Radiology at Baystate Health, for a discussion about mammography, what a radiologist is looking for, why you might get a callback, what happens next, and why the additional information you receive from a callback is a good thing.

Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy, with Dr. Jesse Casaubon

Treatment options for breast cancer can include surgery as part of the full treatment plan. Join Dr. Jesse Casaubon, Baystate Surgical Oncology & Breast Specialists, for a discussion about the options for a lumpectomy and a mastectomy, the potential differences, factors determining the surgery, surgical techniques, cosmetic results, and recovery.

Precision Medicine in Breast Cancer, with Dr. Prarthna Bhardwaj

The treatment of breast cancer has evolved from a “one size fits all” approach to “precision medicine.” This means we now can tailor medical treatment based on the genetic personality of an individual’s cancer. Join Dr. Prarthna Bhardwaj, Hematology/Oncology, Baystate Regional Cancer Program, for a discussion about how molecular testing impacts targeted treatments and the advances that have been made.

Schedule a Mammogram

Many women with breast cancer have no symptoms. This is why regular breast cancer screenings (mammograms) starting at age 40 for most women are so important.

Learn how, why, and when to make a mammogram appointment. 

Join a Clinical Trial

Clinical trials can help our patients by making advanced care available to them right in their communities.

People join clinical trials for many reasons, including:

  • To get access to potential new treatments
  • To contribute to research that may help others in the future
  • To help further the advancement of science

Browse Breast Cancer Trials

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Know Your Risk

Knowing your risk factors can help you avoid breast cancer.

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