Breast cancer can be cured if found and treated early. The St. John Breast Center has given women hope since 1974.
The St. John Breast Center offers the tools you need to stay ahead of breast cancer. We schedule and perform mammograms and breast biopsies, with both traditional and new minimally invasive biopsy options available. The St. John Breast Center also offers free, year-round breast self-examination instruction. Monthly breast self-examination is a lifesaving habit that allows women to detect breast changes early and seek medical intervention quickly.
We offer the following screenings:
- Digital screening mammography - this x-ray examination of both breasts is for patients who need a routine mammogram and have no symptoms or complaints of breast problems.
- Digital diagnostic mammography - An x-ray examination of the breast in patients who feel or notice any changes in their breasts or their physician has found an abnormality during a routine physical or mammogram.
- Breast ultrasound - Sound waves are painlessly projected through an area of the breast that is of concern to the physician. The echoes produce images of breast tissue and are useful in distinguishing a solid mass from a fluid-filled sac. This test is also useful for women in early pregnancy or under the age of 30 that have an identified lump.
- Needle aspiration - Often used when a cyst is suspected. A fine needle is placed in the lump to withdraw fluid. Your physician may want the fluid examined for abnormal cells.
- Needle biopsy - Uses a cutting-type needle to remove a core tissue sample. The tissue is then examined for abnormal cells by a physician. This can be performed in a doctor's office.
- Conventional surgical biopsy - A lump or suspicious area is totally or partially removed, and then examined by a physician.
- Excisional biopsy - The whole lump is removed, often with surrounding tissue.
- Incisional biopsy - Cuts are made into the area and a portion of the lump is removed.
- Needle localization - A surgical procedure for suspicious areas of tissue too small or deep for the surgeon to feel, for clusters of microcalcifications or other mammographic tissue distortions.
All women are at risk for developing breast cancer, but some factors could increase the likelihood of developing the disease. Risk factors include a family history of cancer, a long menstrual life (early onset of menstruation and late menopause), not bearing children, having a first child after age 30, and chronic benign breast problems. Having any or all of these risk factors does not mean you will develop breast cancer. However, women should be proactive in seeking early signs of the disease.
To make an appointment, call 918-856-5789. Appointments for screening mammograms or free breast self-exams can be made by you or your physician.
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