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The BAC: Early Detection & Accurate Diagnosis

October 25, 2017

The Breast Assessment Centre (BAC) at the Stratford General Hospital is an outpatient facility specializing in all aspects of breast health, designed to streamline the testing process, and enable early detection and accurate diagnosis. The BAC provides a wide range of screening and diagnostic examinations of the breast utilizing various state-of-the-art technologies including digital radiography of the breast, breast ultrasound, and breast biopsy.

The goal of the BAC is to improve and accelerate every step patients have with the health system from initial referral, to assessment, diagnosis and referral for treatment. Patient care is supported by the most advanced screening tools and access to a multidisciplinary care team, the BAC offers “one-stop” patient-centered coordinated care in a setting built for patient comfort and privacy. Our Nurse Navigator assists in guiding the patient through each step of their journey, from screening to surgery. She acts as a valuable link between the patient, healthcare system, and other health care providers.

BAC Quick Facts!

  • The BAC performed 4,991 mammographic exams and 1,300 breast ultrasound studies in 2016.
  • Stratford General Hospital has been an Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) affiliate since 1999, and became a full Breast Assessment Centre in 2004.
  • Last year over 3,200 mammograms were completed as part of the OBSP.
  • The BAC employs two full-time dedicated mammography technologists who bring over 40 years of experience serving patients in Huron-Perth,
  • The BAC has three Breast Radiologists, who provide on-site consultation and reporting, and can accommodate same-day assessment and biopsy when needed.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in Ontario women. One in eight women will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Breast cancer also has one of the highest survival rates out of all cancers in Ontario. Regular screening is important because it can find cancer early when it may be smaller and easier to treat.