Breast cancer kills more than 40,000 Americans each year, but the disease can be cured if found and treated early. Since 1974, the St. John Breast Center has provided women with a wide array of cancer educational materials and emotional support.
The St. John Breast Center schedules and performs mammograms and breast biopsies. Traditional and new minimally-invasive biopsy options are 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.
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.
To make an appointment for a mammogram at St. John, please call (918) 744-3000. Please complete a mammography history sheet and bring it with you to your appointment.
Digital Diagnostic Mammography - this is 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 - A technique where sound waves are painlessly projected through an area of the breast that is of concern to the physician. The echos 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 - A procedure that is 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 - A procedure that uses a cutting-type needle to remove a core tissue sample. The tissue is then examined for abnormal cells by a physician. This examination can be performed in a doctor's office.
Conventional Surgical Biopsy - A procedure where 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.
Inscisional 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.
Know the Risk Factors
All women are at risk for developing breast cancer, but some factors could increase your 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 or having a first child after age 30 and chronic benign breast problems. Having any or all of these risk factors do not mean you will develop breast cancer. However, women should be aware of their status and alert for early signs of disease.
To make an appointment, call (918) 744-3000.
Appointments for screening mammograms or free Breast Self-Exam can be made by you or your physician.
St. John Women's Center
1923 S. Utica Ave Tulsa, OK 74104