The Schmidt Family Center for Breast Care and its satellite locations are part of the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute. We created our centers with you in mind. We offer personalized breast cancer risk assessments and screening programs to help detect cancer early. In addition we offer diagnostic imaging and specialized services for those at high risk of breast cancer and survivors of the disease. You can rely on our team to provide the advanced screening options and compassionate guidance you need to protect your breast health and support your overall wellness.
Breast cancer screening
Breast cancer screening is personal, sometimes unnerving and always important. Mammography and other breast imaging tests offer the best way to find cancer early, before you have symptoms. With early detection, treatment is often more effective and less invasive.
You’ll benefit from easier screening access with our mobile screening unit, the Pressel Mammovan, and three convenient screening locations:
- Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Women’s Institute
690 Meadows Road
Boca Raton, FL 33486
- Outpatient Imaging Center – Deerfield
3313 Hillsboro Blvd. Suite 200
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
- Outpatient Imaging Center – Boca Clinic
1601 Clint Moore Road, Suite 140
Boca Raton, FL 33487
Personalized care for women
All women are different. Your unique needs reflect your unique risks of developing breast cancer. The Schmidt Family Center for Breast Care offers individualized breast cancer screening and exceptional care for everyone.
Our centers are recognized as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
Why turn to us for screening?
Here, we prioritize your health, comfort and safety. We work to provide an exceptional experience for you with:
- A soothing environment and welcoming staff. Our breast centers were designed for women by women. Our beautiful buildings include sensory-stimulating imaging suites that engage your sight, hearing and smell to reduce anxiety. From the friendly staff who greet you as you walk in the door to the soft, comfy gowns we provide before your mammogram, we work to ease your mind and make your experience as pleasant as possible.
- State-of-the-art technology and equipment. We use advanced imaging and biopsy services to make things easy for you and provide timely, accurate results. Our technology includes:
- Low-dose, 3D mammography
- Contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM)
- High-definition breast ultrasound with elastography
- Minimally invasive breast biopsy using ultrasound, 3D stereotactic, contrast-enhanced mammography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance
- Molecular breast imaging
- Pristina Dueta™, a device that allows you to control the compression during your mammography, which helps keep you comfortable
- Revolutionary software that uses deep learning and artificial intelligence to help technologists position you most appropriately and radiologists rapidly analyze your mammogram for increased accuracy of lesion detection.
- Expertly trained technologists and radiologists. The technologists who perform your exams have special certifications in breast imaging. Additionally, the radiologists reading those exams are board-certified and fellowship trained in breast radiology.
- Same-day results. We understand that waiting days for your screening test results can make you anxious, which is why we’re committed to providing results while you wait. If additional imaging tests are recommended, you have the option to complete them during your visit.
- Compassionate patient navigators. If doctors recommend a biopsy, we will assign a patient navigator to coordinate your care. Their role is to make things easier for you by answering your questions, providing education, arranging consultations with our breast specialists, if necessary. They can also familiarize you with the services of the Lynn Cancer Institute.
- Team-based specialty care. Our team approach to care includes imaging experts, breast surgeons, genetics specialists, pathologists, radiation therapists, medical oncologists, plastic surgeons, patient navigators and social workers. That means you’ll have expert assistance if, or when, you need it.
When to get screened
Knowing your personal risk for developing breast cancer is key to developing your breast imaging surveillance plan. It is recommended that all women have a formal breast risk assessment by the age of 25. Any physician can do this. We determine your care plan based on the outcome of the assessment.
If you’re at average risk for breast cancer, Baptist Health South Florida recommends yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. However, if you’re considered high-risk, your screening regimen may vary. You and your healthcare provider can best determine when you should begin screening and which imaging tests are right for you.
During your visit to any Schmidt Family Center for Breast Care, we obtain your personal and family history of cancer as part of the interview process to calculate your risk for breast cancer. Using this information, along with your breast density, our radiologists individualize recommendations for future screening tests. These could include 3-D screening mammography, breast ultrasound, contrast-enhanced mammography, molecular breast imaging or breast MRI.
High-Risk Breast Clinic
You may benefit from our High-Risk Breast Clinic if you have a greater than average chance of developing breast cancer. The Clinic, located at the Lynn Women’s Institute, offers individualized breast cancer risk assessments and clinical breast exams. Then, building on what we learn about you, we provide personalized screening recommendations along with breast cancer prevention and risk-reduction strategies.
We also offer genetic counseling and testing if you have a personal or family history that may raise your risk for breast cancer. At the end of your visit, we offer a detailed plan for follow-up care.
You may benefit from this program if you have risk factors, including:
- A family history of breast cancer or a family member with a known genetic risk for breast or ovarian cancer
- A history of previous breast biopsies
- Ashkenazi Jewish heritage
- Family history of male breast cancer
- High breast density
- Increased concern about developing breast cancer and need a dedicated breast health clinician
- Personal history of chest radiation for lymphoma
Learn more about the High-Risk Breast Clinic.
Moving Forward Program
Even if doctors recommend a biopsy because of a suspicious area on your imaging test, in most cases, it will not lead to a cancer diagnosis. But if it does, you’ll have access to all the specialized care you need at Lynn Cancer Institute. Our team will be at your side, helping you through every step of your cancer journey, including survivorship.
Our Moving Forward Program also helps you address the physical, mental and emotional challenges that can arise once your treatment is complete. For many women, the end of treatment is a time of great happiness, hope, gratitude and empowerment. But fear, worry and the side effects of cancer and its treatment are also common. These issues can affect your quality of life and well-being.
How Moving Forward can help
Our program can help with many of the issues breast cancer survivors face, including:
- Body and self-image challenges
- Bone loss
- Changes in sexual function or desire
- Fear that cancer will return
- Pain and related concerns
- Relationship difficulties
Specifically, Moving Forward focuses on the following:
- Assessing your psychosocial and physical needs and connecting you to helpful resources
- Future breast cancer screening with a customized imaging surveillance plan
- Genetic assessment
- Promotion of general wellness through diet, exercise, mental well-being and more
- Screening recommendations for other cancers
Learn more about the Moving Forward Program.