ince its inception in 2004, the Avon Comprehensive Breast Care Center has provided over 45,000 breast screenings and more than 3,000 breast health procedures. Diagnostic procedures include digital mammography, ultrasound-guided biopsy, stereotactic biopsy, localization procedures, as well as clinical, health education and case coordination services.
Thanks to on-going support from the Avon Foundation and other generous donors, low-income and uninsured patients in San Francisco have been able to receive this array of quality breast care in a setting that is beautiful, calming, and functional. The Avon Breast Care Center maintains a patient-centered practice that continues to be innovative and responsive to current and anticipated needs.
The Avon Comprehensive Breast Care Center, the point of entry
for most patients who require breast evaluation, is one of many
integral parts of the Avon Comprehensive Breast Health Program at San
Francisco General Hospital Medical and Trauma Center (SFGH). Other
components of this program include clinical research, behavioral
research, patient education, medical oncology and cancer risk
evaluation. The Hospital is fortunate to continue its partnership with
the Avon Foundation and University of California San Francisco (UCSF) to
achieve mutual goals of providing quality health care for the city’s
most vulnerable people.
Screening images from a mobile digital mammography van are
reviewed at an independent GE workstation. The van is equipped with a
Senographe 2000D full field digital mammography system and is connected
to the Center for downloading images.
Established by the UCSF Mt. Zion Breast Care Center, the purpose of the mobile van is to improve services to the underserved women of San Francisco. It was recently transferred to SFGH and is now a key component of our overall effort to ensure that all the women of San Francisco can obtain timely screening services.