Saint Francis Breast Center offers mammogram screenings for patients in Tulsa, OK, to detect tumors long before they are large enough for you or your doctor to notice. A mammogram is a safe, low-dose X-ray image of the breast. Women who have symptoms of breast cancer or who have a high risk of the disease should get screened. You and your doctor should discuss when to start having mammograms and the recommended frequency. (As recommended by the American Cancer Society, women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a regular health exam by a health professional preferably every three years. Starting at age 40, women should have a clinical breast exam by a health professional every year.)
Early Detection with Mammogram Screenings
Mammograms play a critical role in early treatment of breast cancer, because the image shows changes in the breast up to two years before you or your doctor can feel them. There are two approaches to mammography -- screening and diagnostic tests. Screening mammograms are intended to detect breast abnormalities, and diagnostic mammograms are intended to further define those abnormalities and guide treatment decisions. Both are described in more detail below.
Digital Screening Mammogram
This screening is performed when a woman has no breast examination abnormalities, like new or suspicious breast lumps. These mammogram images are interpreted by a radiologist and the results are reported to you and your physician after your visit.
Detecting breast cancer in its early stages is the most effective way to positively impact breast cancer cure rate. The ability to detect many breast changes long before they can be felt as a lump has saved countless lives. Digital screening mammograms have proven to be particularly valuable for women 40 and over, initiating early treatment intervention.
Digital Diagnostic Mammograms
This diagnostic test is used if a problem has already been detected or if a woman has previously had breast cancer. It may also be used to get quality images in special cases, like breast implants. Generally, diagnostic mammograms take longer than screening mammography, because more images are taken and they are read while you wait. This allows the radiologist to request additional images or an ultrasound if needed without the patient having to make another appointment.
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For additional questions or to schedule a mammogram, please call us at the facility nearest you:
Saint Francis Breast Screening Center
Natalie Building, Suite 410
6475 South Yale Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136
Warren Clinic Medical Building in Broken Arrow
2950 South Elm Place
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012