The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) will open a new 20,000 square-foot breast imaging center at 49 Wells Avenue, Palo Alto, on November 1. The new center is behind the main PAMF buildings located on El Camino Real.
The opening comes on the heels of Breast Cancer Awareness month (October). According to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. A mammogram, along with monthly self screenings, is the best way to catch to catch breast cancer early.
The Breast Imaging Center will have five mammography rooms to be used for both screening and diagnosing mammograms, along with two ultrasound rooms and a stereotactic biopsy room. PAMF plans to install a breast MRI machine in 2011. The center will be staff by doctors, radiologists, and mammographers, cancer specialists, breast surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists.
PAMF said that the goal of the center is to reduce the time between finding a breast lump to taking action on the lump to 48 hours. In some places, they said it currently it could take up to three-to-four weeks to take action on a breast lump.
Along with an underground parking garage for patients only, the building will also be home to PAMF’s Executive Health Program and Encina Practice. They will be on the third floor and have eight exam rooms and one treatment room.
PAMF, 49 Wells: http://www.pamf.org/49wellsNational Breast Cancer Awareness Month: http://www.nbcam.org/