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July 31, 2013

Beaumont opens new Breast Care Center in West Bloomfield

By Robin Ruehlen
C & G Staff Writer

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Beaumont opens new Breast Care Center in West Bloomfield
Dr. Ruth Lerman consults with patient Lori Radner, of Farmington Hills, at the new Breast Care Center in West Bloomfield.

WEST BLOOMFIELD — When it comes to breast health, Dr. Nayana Dekhne of the Beaumont Comprehensive Breast Care program says the more proactive women are, the better.

“Women seem to think about their breasts only when they have a problem,” she said.

“We want them to be proactive and take it a step further to address issues before they even occur.”

And to help make that happen, Beaumont Health Systems has expanded its Breast Care Program to include the new Breast Care Center at 6900 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield.  The 6,031-square-foot facility offers pathology, radiology, mammography and surgical services, along with a team of specialists. 

Dekhne, a breast surgeon and corporate medical director of the Beaumont Breast Care Program, said the center’s surgeons, nurses, social workers and nutrition experts  serve to provide patients with an individualized experience, rather than merely making blanket recommendations.

“It’s a whole multidisciplinary approach, all the way from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship in a highly personalized, private and supportive setting,” she said.

“We also have access to all the national clinical trials that you would get at a comprehensive cancer center, including radiation trials that were developed by Beaumont physicians.”

The Beaumont Cancer Institute is one of only 49 community clinical oncology programs in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute to provide patients with access to these trials. Along with other locations throughout metro Detroit, the West Bloomfield Breast Care Center offers state-of-the-art digital mammography, which is especially helpful for diagnosis in women with dense breast tissue and patients who are pre-menopausal.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The ACS estimates that approximately 232,340 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2013 and that more than 39,600 women will die from breast cancer this year.

“We ask women to be aware of their family histories, and not just breast cancer. If you have a lot of cancer in your family, you might want to talk to your physician about tests that can rule out the hereditary breast cancer risk,” Dekhne said.

“Ever since the story about (actress) Angelina Jolie aired, we’ve been getting a lot of calls from women asking if they should be concerned about the genetic risk, but genetics is a factor in only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer patients.”

In May, Jolie announced she had undergone a preventative double-mastectomy after discovering she carries a mutation of a gene that greatly increases the risk of developing breast cancer.

The ACS recommends that women 40 and older have a screening mammogram and clinical breast exam every year, and women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a regular health exam at least every three years.

Breast Care Center’s Dr. Ruth Lerman said she recommends women begin breast self-exams at age 18, and noted that exercise and diet can play large roles in preventing the onset and recurrence of breast cancer.

“Exercise is huge in decreasing the breast cancer risk,” she said.

“Women who did three to five hours a week of brisk walking or equivalent exertion with any activity such as yoga, weight training, Pilates, showed up to a 40 percent decrease in the likelihood of developing breast cancer, and up to a 60 percent decrease in the risk of recurrence for those who have had it.”

Alcohol also plays a role, Lerman said, adding that while no amount is good for breast health, women should limit their intake to no more than one drink per day.

“Not many people realize that alcohol does increase your risks, as does being overweight after menopause,” she said.

The West Bloomfield Breast Care Center is located in Suite 103 of the Beaumont Medical Center at 6900 Orchard Lake Road. For more information, call (888) 924-9460 or visit www.cancer.beaumont.edu.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Robin Ruehlen at rruehlen@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1105.