Breast Health Center

Charlotte Regional Medical Center has service lines geared toward breast health.

Digital Mammography

Charlotte Regional Medical Center strongly believes that early detection is the best defense when it comes to leading the fight against breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
Compared to traditional mammography, digital mammography does not use films to process images of potential breast issues but rather uses digital imaging, allowing doctors to receive the images almost instantaneously. This means high quality imaging to detect breast cancer earlier and diagnose it more accurately than ever before.

The advanced technology allows radiologists to zoom in on particular areas or change brightness or contrast for even greater visibility. Mammography services at Charlotte Regional are accredited with the American College of Radiology.

If you have a digital mammography appointment at the Breast Health Center, please complete the highlighted portions of these forms prior to your scheduled appointment: Authorization for Release, Use, and Disclosure of Health Information and Mammography Worksheet. Once completed, you may e-mail the forms to or bring them with you to your scheduled appointment. 

Charlotte Regional Medical Center's Breast Health Center is located at 713 E. Marion Avenue, Suite 137 in Punta Gorda. Please call us at (941) 637-2414 if you have any questions about digital mammography.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

A stereotactic breast biopsy is an image-guided biopsy that uses a special computer to guide a needle to an abnormality seen on a digital x-ray. The special needle gently draws, cuts, and collects tissue samples.

The procedure:
  • is simple, safe, and painless
  • uses local anesthesia only
  • takes less than an hour to complete in a comfortable, outpatient setting
  • requires no post-procedure stitches
  • collects multiple tissue samples with only one thin needle insertion
  • can place a tiny tissue marker in the breast at the location of the biopsied tissue for further follow-up
  • has a highly accurate diagnosis
For more information on Charlotte Regional’s Breast Health Center, call (941) 637-2414.

Detecting Breast Cancer Early

Did you know that:
  • Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and this year 182,000 new cases of breast cancer are expected in the United States.
  • One woman in eight who lives to age 85 will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55.
  • Seventy percent of all breast cancers are found through breast self-exams.
  • Not all lumps are detectable by touch.
We recommend regular mammograms and monthly breast self-exams.  Keep in mind, eight out of ten breast lumps are not cancerous, so if you find a lump, don’t panic.  Call your doctor for an appointment.

Can Breast Cancer Be Found Early?

Mammography is a low-dose X-ray examination that can detect breast cancer up to two years before it is large enough to be felt. When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 96%. This is good news! Over 2 million breast cancer survivors are alive in America today. 

The goal of screening examinations for early breast cancer detection is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. Screening refers to tests and examinations used to detect a disease, such as cancer in people who do not have any symptoms. In contrast, breast cancers found during screening examinations are more likely to be small and still confined to the breast. Finding a breast cancer as early as possible improves the likelihood that treatment will be successful. Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save many thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests. 

Evidence supporting mammograms is even stronger than in the past. In particular, recent evidence has confirmed that mammograms offer substantial benefit for women in their 40s. Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.

Use this online risk calculator to estimate your breast cancer risk.

Take Control and Lower Your Risk...Schedule Your Mammogram Today!