Your breast health involves more than an annual mammogram. The Leta M. Chapman Breast Center, located within Hillcrest Medical Center, is committed to providing quality breast care. For more than 25 years, our experienced providers have been focused on the prevention and treatment of breast health issues, from common to complex.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. Hillcrest uses the most technologically-advanced breast imaging services to ensure accurate screenings for women of all ages.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer forms in the cells of the breasts. Most cases occur in women. Although rare, it can develop in men.
What are some signs and symptoms of breast cancer?
Symptoms of breast cancer can include breast discomfort, a lump in the breast and changes in shape or texture of the nipple, skin or breast.
Why should I perform breast self exams?
Breast self exams can help maintain breast health and may help detect cancer early. They can help you identify changes in your breasts. Share your findings with your doctor.
How do I perform a breast self-exam?
Follow the steps here to perform a breast self-exam. Ideally you should be doing a self-exam every month and should report any changes to your breast care provider.
When should I begin clinical breast exams?
It is recommended that a physician examines your breasts to check for any abnormalities every one to three years starting at age 25.
When should I start screening and how often should I screen?
The American Cancer Society recommends:
- Women ages 40 to 44 can start annual mammograms if they wish to do so.
- Women age 45 to 54 should have annual mammograms.
- Women 55 and older can screen annually or every two years, if they wish.
Please consult with your breast care provider about screenings. You should also report any breast changes to your health care provider right away.
- Axillary node dissection
- Nipple-sparing mastectomy
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy
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Bone density screenings are available for the early detection of osteoporosis, a condition where new bone creation does not keep up with old bone removal.
Your multidisciplinary team at Hillcrest will guide you through self-exams, clinical exams, mammograms and treatments. The following providers and staff will ensure you are a part of your ongoing breast health journey from the mammogram, treatment and after care.
- Breast sonographers
- Breast surgeons
- Medical oncologists
- Nurse navigators
- Nurse practitioners
- Plastic surgeons
Lymphedema therapy is available to help relieve swelling in the arms or legs by moving lymphatic fluid out of the affected limbs. The management of swelling can be crucial after trauma to the lymph nodes has occurred.
The Leta M. Chapman Breast Center is conveniently located in the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center at Hillcrest at the corner of 11th and Utica in Tulsa. Dedicated covered parking is available.