Build hope against breast cancer with early detection. Breast self-exams should be done routinely while at home, by women of all ages. Doing these self-exams will help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel. If you notice any changes, alert your primary care provider immediately. All women should also have routine exams done by their primary care provider.

Another way of early detection is by having a mammogram done. According to the National Cancer Institute, a mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. The FDA recommends:

  • Women get 1 screening mammogram between the ages of 35 to 39
  • Women get a yearly screening mammogram beginning at age 40
  • That a diagnostic mammogram be done when a lump on the breast is noted or any other sign/symptom of the disease is noted.

Your bones form the framework for your body. Postmenopausal osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones over time, making them thinner, more brittle, and more likely to break. A Bone Density scan is highly recommend in women that:

  • Are a post-menopausal woman and not taking estrogen
  • Have a personal or maternal history of hip fracture or smoking
  • Are a post-menopausal woman who is tall (over 5 feet 7 inches) or thin (less than 125 pounds)
  • Are a man with clinical conditions associated with bone loss
  • Use medications that are known to cause bone loss, including corticosteroids such as Prednisone, various anti-seizure medications such as Dilantin and certain barbiturates, or high-dose thyroid replacement drugs
  • Have type 1 (formerly called juvenile or insulin-dependent) diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease or a family history of osteoporosis
  • Have high bone turnover, which shows up in the form of excessive collagen in urine samples
  • Have a thyroid condition, such as hyperthyroidism
  • Have a parathyroid condition, such as hyperparathyroidism
  • Have experienced a fracture after only mild trauma
  • Have had x-ray evidence of vertebral fracture or other signs of osteoporosis

Our Women’s Center includes:

  • A luxurious private waiting area
  • Digital Mammography machine
  • Bone Density Screening machine