The Baton Rouge Clinic is uniquely poised to continue the fight against breast cancer with the women of this region. Together we can ensure your healthiest future possible.
Our services span all aspects of evaluation and intervention. The Baton Rouge Clinic offers state of the art digital mammography imaging in a comfortable and familiar environment. During your annual physical with your internist, we can conveniently offer on-site mammography services. At your request, prior mammography films can be obtained from outside physicians.
The Baton Rouge Clinic is also home to one of the region’s only fellowship-trained breast cancer surgeon, Dr. Everett Bonner, Jr.
Dr. Bonner received his fellowship training at the prestigious Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. He specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer, as well as benign breast disease.
For additional information please contact Dr. Bonner at (225) 246-9240.
Breast Cancer Screening: Commonly Asked Questions
If breast cancer doesn’t run in my family, can I get it?
Yes. Every woman has some risk of breast cancer. About 80% of women who get breast cancer have no known family history of the disease. Increasing age is the biggest single risk factor for breast cancer. For those women who do have a family history of breast cancer, your risk may be elevated a little, a lot, or not at all. If you are concerned, discuss your family history with your physician or a genetic counselor. You may be worrying needlessly.
My mammogram was normal, do I have to worry about breast cancer?
While mammography does catch the vast majority of breast cancers, it is only one screening tool. Women should also have a breast exam done by their health care provider each year. If you feel a lump, always get it checked out, even if your last mammogram was clear. Also, it’s important to get a mammogram every year. The power of screening comes with regular annual exams. Doctors will look at previous years’ mammograms to assess changes in the breast over time.
I am 30 years old, am I too young to worry about breast cancer?
Breast cancer can affect women of any age. The disease is more common in postmenopausal women, but 25 percent of women with breast cancer are younger than 50. Younger women should have a yearly breast exam by their doctor and begin mammographic screening at age 40. While a breast mass in a younger woman is much less likely to be cancer than a lump in an older woman, it still needs to be checked out. At the same time, you’re never too old to get breast cancer. If you feel a lump – at any age – have it checked out.
For more information on breast cancer, visit some of our health library articles, written by your doctors for you:
You may also visit the National Cancer Institute’s website for additional information.