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Top 20 hospitals by breast cancer diagnoses

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the U.S., with the National Cancer Institute estimating the diagnosis of 290,560 new cases throughout 2022. Cancer’s many forms and potential sites of infection can make it hard to isolate data concerning a specific variation of the disease. However, using Definitive Healthcare’s Claim Analytics product, we are able to track which hospitals had the most patient visits for breast cancer.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we analyzed hospitals by patient visits for breast cancer in 2021. This list shows the top hospitals with the highest percentage of total patient encounters for breast cancer.

Hospitals with the most breast cancer patient encounters

RankHospitalCityState% primary diagnosesExplore dataset
1Cleveland Clinic Main CampusClevelandOH3.00%Explore
2Moffitt Cancer CenterTampaFL2.80%Explore
3City of Hope Helford Clinical Research HospitalDuarteCA2.50%Explore
4Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkNY2.20%Explore
5Mount Sinai Medical CenterNew YorkNY1.90%Explore
6University HospitalAnn ArborMI1.60%Explore
7William P Clements Jr University HospitalDallasTX1.40%Explore
8Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer CenterMiamiFL1.00%Explore
9Baptist HospitalMiamiFL0.90%Explore
10Seattle Cancer Care AllianceSeattleWA0.80%Explore
11Wilmington HospitalWilmingtonDE0.80%Explore
12Stanford HospitalStanfordCA0.70%Explore
13Cleveland Clinic FloridaWestonFL0.60%Explore
14Hartford HospitalHartfordCT0.60%Explore
15Spartanburg Medical CenterSpartanburgSC0.60%Explore
16Piedmont Columbus Regional - MidtownColumbusGA0.50%Explore
17Cooperman Barnabas Medical CenterLivingstonNJ0.50%Explore
18Hospital of the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPA0.50%Explore
19Evanston HospitalEvanstonIL0.50%Explore
20IU Health Methodist HospitalIndianapolisIN0.50%Explore

Fig. 1Data is from Definitive Healthcare’s Claims Analytics product. Data is accurate as of September 2022.

Which hospital has the most breast cancer patient encounters?

Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, had the most visits for breast cancer in 2021, accounting for 3% of all breast cancer patient encounters. In second place is Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Moffitt saw 2.8% of all patient encounters for breast cancer in 2021. In the third spot is City of Hope Helford Clinical Research Hospital in Duarte, California, accounting for 2.5%.

The list of top 20 hospitals for breast cancer patient encounters shows representation from across the entire country. The only two states with multiple entries are Florida with four and New York with two.

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer, accounting for roughly 30% of all diagnoses in women. But how exactly is it diagnosed?

The first step involves getting an x-ray of the breast in a procedure known as a mammogram. Most providers recommend that women start getting mammogram screenings at around age 40.

Most mammograms fall under one of two types: screening and diagnostic. Screening mammograms are preventative exams that are usually scheduled annually for women with no signs of cancer. Diagnostic mammograms involve a more thorough examination for individuals who demonstrate potential cancer symptoms. Both variations of the procedure often use a 3-D imaging system known as tomosynthesis in order to improve accuracy and decrease the level of false positives.

If breast cancer is detected, then doctors will perform a process known as staging to see if the cancer cells have spread throughout the breast or to other parts of the body. The level of spread outside the breast determines the stage that the cancer is currently in and the best path of treatment going forward.

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