Breast Cancer Awareness Month

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Offers Comprehensive, State-of-the-Art Breast Cancer Care

From prevention to diagnosis and treatment, North Fulton Hospital offers close-to-home, world-class breast cancer care. “There’s no need to travel across town,” said Laura Pearson, M.D., breast surgeon. “We have everything women of all ages need right here.

“Plus, WellStar was the first system in Georgia and the fifth in the nation to be accredited as a Network Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons, which means patients receive integrated, comprehensive care led by renowned physicians. Additionally, our partnership with Mayo Clinic gives our patients ready access to clinical trials, second opinions and consultations.”

Why North Fulton Hospital for breast healthcare?

Prevention: We offer 3D mammography, clinically proven to provide more accurate breast cancer screenings and reduce false-positive call backs.

Diagnosis and Treatment: Our Breast Cancer Specialty and Treatment (STAT) Clinic enables patients to start treatment faster, increasing their chances of beating the disease. This innovative concept, unique in metro Atlanta, allows patients to meet with a multidisciplinary team of physicians and specialists in one day, in one setting. Treatment is typically started within days instead of weeks or months.

Genetic Tumor Analysis and Counseling: WellStar has one of the most active genetic counseling programs in Georgia.

Dedicated Breast Surgeons: Our highly qualified surgeons practice state-of-the-art care, including Hidden Scar and oncoplastic surgery, a full array of reconstruction options, minimally invasive surgery and image-guided biopsy procedures.

Comprehensive Support Network: Cancer patients and their families have access to counseling, cosmetic support for the side effects of treatment, lymphedema prevention and management, an oncology registered dietitian and exercise programs designed for better health.

Medical Oncologists: Our physicians have a special interest in breast cancer and provide patients access to advances through clinical trials.

Radiation Therapy Consult Clinic: Highly advanced radiation, with treatment customized for each patient.

To schedule a mammogram or an appointment with a breast cancer specialist, call 770-956-STAR (7827).

Free Mammograms

In 2018, 1,533 free mammograms and diagnostic procedures were provided for low-income patients across WellStar’s service area.

Among cancers, breast cancer is the second largest cause of death in women. The good news is that it’s highly curable in its early stages, with about a 95 percent five-year survival rate. That’s why early detection is so important. While any woman is at risk for breast cancer, common risk factors include:

  • Having a mother or sister who has had breast cancer
  • Carrying one of two identified genetic mutations known as BRCA1 and BRCA2
  • Having a first baby after age 30
  • Being overweight
  • Not breast feeding
  • Consuming more than one alcoholic beverage a day
  • Experiencing onset of menstrual cycles before age 13
  • Smoking

If you are at high risk for breast cancer, talk to your physician about high-risk screening options.

To reduce your risk of breast cancer:

  • Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity five or more days per week. More exercise may yield additional benefits.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Don’t smoke.