Meet the Doctor

Dr. Nicholas Tranakas, M.D.
Medical Director of Cancer Services
Broward Health
1600 South Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
954-355-4400

Breast Center

Breast Center

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What Do You Know About Breast Cancer?

Test your knowledge of breast cancer by taking this quiz.

1. Early detection of breast cancer is the key to successful treatment.
2. Older women are more likely to develop breast cancer.
3. More than half of breast lumps are cancerous.
4. It's OK to use deodorant on the day you have a mammogram.
5. Women who drink more than one alcoholic beverage a day increase their risk for breast cancer.
6. The best time to examine your breasts is two weeks after your period starts.
7. Women who have their first child before age 30 and breastfeed for longer than six months are less likely to develop breast cancer.
8. Smoking may increase your risk for breast cancer.
9. Breast cancer can be treated by surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
10. Starting at age 30, women should have a mammogram every one or two years.
11. A woman's chances of developing breast cancer are higher if her mother, a sister, or daughter had it.
12. It's safe for women to use hormone therapy for a prolonged time during menopause.
13. Regular exercise can reduce your risk for breast cancer.
14. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women ages 35 to 54.
The Breast Center at Broward Health Medical Center, opened in June 1998, offers a full spectrum of cancer care to meet the needs of the people of Broward County.

Services include:

  • Breast Cancer Navigator Program
  • Digital Mammograms
  • Ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Biopsies
  • Bone density
  • Genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene
  • Breast cancer high risk program. Evaluate your risk
  • Multidisciplinary planning of breast cancer treatment
  • Clinical breast exams

Comprehensive Breast Services
Comprehensive Breast Services include routine screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound, second opinion services, breast self-exam instruction, and educational resources. State-of-the-art equipment includes digital mammography and breast MRI as well as MRI-guided biopsies. Genetic screening and testing for breast and ovarian cancer is also available, along with the capability for prone and upright biopsies.

Breast Cancer Navigator Program
Broward Health provided 29,380 mammograms last year, nearly 3,000 of them for women who had no insurance and could not afford to pay. A grant of nearly $150,000 from the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society will help Broward Health set up a new Breast Cancer Patient Navigator Program to ensure that more women living in poverty will get the medical care they need after an abnormal mammogram or a diagnosis of breast cancer. [more...]

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