Breast Health For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Updated: 10/07/2013 4:26 pm Published: 10/09/2012 3:15 pm

In 2008 210,203 women in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Elizabeth Macedo, St. John Breast Center suggests asymptomatic women to start getting an annual mammogram at age 40. "Some organizations state 50 is the age, but most organizations stuck with 40," she said. If a person does have a lump or abnormal mammoagram, they will then get an ultrasound or MRI. "MRI available for screening high risk woman and those diagnosed with breast cancer for preoperative planning; also good for women with very dense breasts" Macedo said. A person is considered at high risk if there is a first degree relative (parents, sister) and premenopausal diagnosis of breast cancer. You are also at a higher risk for those that are BRCA 1&2 gene mutation carriers or have ovarian cancer." Also those with previous radiation therapy of Hodgkin's disease.

There are many St. John Breast Center locations that are below:

Mid-town Tulsa
St. John Medical Center
Siegfried Tower, 6th floor
1923 S. Utica Avenue, Tulsa

South Tulsa - South Campus
Memorial Surgery Center
8131 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa

Broken Arrow
St. John Broken Arrow
1000 W. Boise Circle

St. John Owasso
12451 E. 100th Street North, Owasso

St. John Sapulpa
1004 E. Bryan

Call (918) 744-3511 to schedule an appointment.

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