Taking care of the unique medical needs of every breast cancer patient, along with educating them about the different treatment options, are the two primary goals of Erica Scott, M.D., who recently joined Piedmont Newton Hospital as a general surgeon.

“I understand that my patients are at a vulnerable moment in their lives and they are putting their trust in me to assist in their care,” Dr. Scott, who specializes in breast surgery, said. “It’s important to take the time to get to know each patient in order to provide them the most effective treatment options for their specific case.”

As more treatments become available to patients thanks to improved screening, new medicines and a move to more refined medical technologies, Dr. Scott sees more promising advances in the area of surgery with an emphasis on procedures that removes tumors while preserving as much of the breast as possible.

“Many breast cancer patients are opting for treatment procedures that offer aesthetically superior results, such as nipple and skin sparing mastectomy as well as oncoplastic breast-conserving surgery,” Dr. Scott, who is specially trained in those areas, said.

Approximately one out of eight women will be diagnosed in their lifetime with some form of breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Dr. Scott encourages women to learn their risk factors and pay attention to their bodies.

“A female knows her body best,” Dr. Scott said. “It’s critical for women to perform self-exams monthly and keep up with annual screenings.”

For more information on breast cancer or to schedule a mammogram, visit piedmont.org.