PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness 2016

Early Detection Highlights Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Now Offers New Technology to Find Tumors in Dense Breasts

GOLETA –October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Cottage Health is encouraging all women over the age of 40 to have an annual screening mammogram.

Roughly one in eight women (12 percent) in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society, and early detection of breast cancer greatly increases the effectiveness of treatment and rate of survival.

For women with dense breasts, a routine screening mammogram may not be enough because dense breast tissue often masks tumors. An additional type of screening, such as ultrasound, offers a closer, more accurate way to find cancer. More than 40 percent of women in the United States have dense breast tissue, which increases the chances of developing cancer by four to six times.*

The new Breast Imaging Center at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital now offers advanced ultrasound technology called the automated breast ultrasound system (ABUS) for a better way to screen for potential cancer. Also known as whole breast ultrasound, the ABUS is designed specifically for dense breasts. The exam takes about 15 minutes and provides hundreds of clear, 3D ultrasound images, giving radiologists a much more complete view of a woman’s entire breast tissue. Combined with traditional mammography, the whole breast ultrasound has been proven to help find 35 percent more cancers in women with dense breasts compared to mammograms alone.

Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital’s Breast Imaging Center is an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, staffed by an expert team of board certified radiologists, technicians, specialists and staff. To schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram and an ABUS whole breast ultrasound, call 805-681-6459. For more information on our three convenient locations for mammograms, visit

*New England Journal of Medicine 2007

About Cottage Health
The not-for-profit Cottage Health is the leader in providing advanced medical care to the Central Coast region. Specialties include the Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Level 2 Trauma Center, Neuroscience Institute, Heart & Vascular Center, Center for Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation Hospital. The Cottage Health medical staff is comprised of more than 700 physicians, many with subspecialties typically found only at university medical centers. Last year, the Cottage Health hospitals in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley provided inpatient care for 19,000 people, treated 76,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,200 newborns.

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