Breast Health Screening Recommendations

Convenience Close to Home

Access to advanced technology and the care of experienced breast health professionals at the Center for Breast Health is backed by the full service of Conway Medical Center. The Center for Breast health is located at 801 Farrar Drive, one mile south of CMC in Rivertown Medical Park near Highway 544.  Built in 2010, the Center provides many amenities for patients and families, includes easy access and parking, comfortable eating and private dressing areas and we have two digital mammography machines, which will enable our staff to arrange a prompt appointment at your convenience.

Appointments are offered between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. to accommodate busy schedules.

Important Phone Numbers

Appointments- 843-234-5474
Breast Health Navigator- 843-234-7309
Clinical Questions or Concerns- 843-234-7309
Fax Orders- 843-234-5016
Mammogram Films & reports- 843-234-8308
Financial Assistance- 843-347-8170

 

The Center for Breast Health supports the screening recommendations set forth by the American Cancer Society, which are as follows:

Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines


Breast Self-Awareness

Performing breast self-exams on a regular basis will make you familiar with how your breasts normally look and feel – allowing you to easily notice changes or lumps that are unfamiliar. A breast self-exam should include the breasts, armpits, neck, and chest area.

If you suspect any of the following notify your health care provider right away:

  • Changes in breast size, shape, or color of the skin.
  • Lump or thickening in your breasts
  • Swelling, redness or warmth in the breast that does not go away.
  • Nipple discharge that appears spontaneously in only one breast. 
  • Consistent pain in one spot of the breast.

Before menopause, the best time to do your self-exam is a week after the start of your monthly menstrual cycle. After menopause, choose a time that is best for you to remember.

Clinical Breast Exam

The American Cancer Society recommends that a doctor regularly check your breasts – this is called a clinical breast exam. This exam is normally performed during your annual check-up with your family doctor or OB/GYN. As stated in the chart above, women 20 – 35 years of age should have a clinical breast exam every 1 to 3 years and women over 40 should have a clinical breast exam annually.

Your Annual Mammogram

Annual mammograms for women age 40 or older are an important part of the ACR guidelines for early detection of breast cancer. Women who have a family history of breast cancer or have previously had breast cancer are at increased risk and are recommended to talk with their doctors about the benefits of having a mammogram before age 40 or having more frequent mammograms.

A mammogram is a low dose x-ray of the breast. During this procedure, the mammogram machine will compress your breast to make the breast tissue less dense to get a more detailed mammogram of your breast tissue. Several images from different angles will be taken of each breast to be submitted to our board certified radiologist for review. A report will be submitted to you and/or your doctor.

Preparation

To best prepare for your mammogram, please review the following:

  • On the day of your appointment, please do not use any body deodorants, body powder or perfume.  You can bring your deodorant with you and apply it after your mammogram is complete.
  • For your mammogram, wear a two-piece outfit, as you will be asked to undress from the waist up.
  • If you have had a previous mammogram at another facility, please pick up the mammogram films or CD and bring them on the day of your appointment.
  • Limiting caffeine intake for up to two weeks prior to your mammogram may decrease your discomfort as caffeine causes the breasts to be tender.

Your Appointment

  • Bring your doctor's order with you, if you have one.  You do not need a doctor's order for a screening mammogram.
  • Bring proof of insurance coverage and picture identification.
  • Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to appointment time for registration.