Bethesda Hospital East

Women's Health

Specializing in the Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Bethesda Women’s Health Center provides comprehensive diagnostic services for both women and men with state-of-the-art technology and a caring, compassionate staff. Accredited by the American College of Radiology, our Center meets all professional standards of safety and quality and is designated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as a Certified Mammography Facility.

Bethesda Women’s Health Center is one of the first women’s centers in Florida to offer 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) for breast cancer screening. Click here to learn more about this latest innovation in breast imaging technology and breast cancer detection.

Our full complement of services is designed to meet a woman’s needs through all stages of life. Whether she is concerned about her risk of breast cancer, or learning to manage menopause symptoms and osteoporosis, every stage is an important milestone for her life.

Contact Us

Bethesda Women's Health Center is located at Bethesda Health City, 10301 Hagen Ranch Road, Suite A-920, Boynton Beach, FL, 33437. To schedule an appointment, call 561.374.5700. For more information about our services, call 561.374.5300.


Is It In My Genes? 
A new program identifies patients at risk for inherited gene mutation

 
Carol A. Adami, M.D.
Board Certified Radiologist and
Medical Director of Bethesda
Women’s Health Center
Bethesda Women’s Health Center believes in empowering women when it comes to their breast health. That’s why we proudly offer genetic testing services to help patients better understand their risk for inherited gene mutation. Using a revised family history questionnaire and the criteria published by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), our staff can help patients determine if genetic testing would be beneficial at the time of their annual mammogram. 
 
“Most breast and ovarian cancers occur by chance,” explains Carol A. Adami, M.D., board certified radiologist and medical director of Bethesda Women’s Health Center. “Only 5 to 10 percent are attributed to an inherited mutation of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.”
 
If a woman is found to have an inherited gene mutation, her risk is significantly higher. She has up to an 87 percent risk for developing breast cancer and up to a 44 percent risk for developing ovarian cancer in her lifetime. Anyone with the following personal or family history may be a candidate for BRCA genetic testing:
  • Pre-menopausal breast cancer (breast cancer before age 50)
  • Breast and ovarian cancer in the same individual
  • Ovarian cancer at any age
  • Male breast cancer
  • Bilateral breast cancer
  • Known BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations in either mother’s or father’s side of the family 
  • Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry
  • Three family members affected by pancreatic, breast or ovarian cancer


Breast Cancer and Beyond

Bethesda Women’s Health Center is proud to now offer a revolutionary new clinical genetic testing program for inherited cancer risk called myRisk™ Hereditary Cancer with Myriad Genetics Laboratory. Patients determined to be at high risk for a gene mutation and who choose to continue with further analysis will submit a saliva or blood sample for analysis at the Myriad laboratory.

“This new panel test can broadly target specific cancer sites to identify clinically significant mutations impacting inherited risks for eight important cancers: breast, colorectal, ovarian, endometrial, gastric, pancreatic, melanoma and prostate,” says Dr. Adami.

The cost of genetic testing can vary depending on the type of testing needed. Most insurance companies, including Medicare, cover the cost when specific criteria are met. Results are usually available within four weeks. A physician referral is not necessary.

Informed Care

Dr. Adami adds, “Patients who undergo genetic testing will meet with our nurse practitioner to review their results, complete the risk assessment and arrange for follow-up care. You can also be proactive with your medical care and find ways to reduce your risk for cancer.”
 
Surgical and medical interventions can reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer by more than 90 percent. Supplemental screening tests, such as an annual MRI and regular physical exams, can detect cancer at an earlier stage than routine screening.
 
“The gene can be inherited from either your mother or your father. If one of your parents is a carrier, you have a 50 percent chance of having the mutation and passing it to your offspring,” Dr. Adami continues. “Our staff is here to help you decide what is best for you.”