Did you know?
1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
Our services span all aspects of evaluation and intervention, ranging from providing personal consultations to performing minimally invasive biopsy procedures.
The Baton Rouge Clinic is uniquely poised to continue the fight against breast cancer.
We are proud to have two surgeons that specialize in Breast Surgery: Everett J. Bonner, MD, FACS, and Mary Elizabeth Christian, MD, FACS, BCBA
Breast-sparing surgical excisions of breast cancer which could avoid radical mastectomy (when clinically appropriate)
Hidden Scar and advanced approach to breast cancer surgery
Together we can ensure your healthiest future possible
Our Imaging Center for Women is dedicated to the evaluation and diagnosis of breast diseases. We offer a state-of-the-art 3D digital mammography or Tomosynthesis and Ultrasound in a comfortable and private environment. During your annual physical with your internist, we can also conveniently offer on-site 3D screening mammography services. At your request, prior mammography films can be obtained from outside physicians and facilities.
Top five benefits of 3D mammography:
- More accurate detection: By minimizing the impact of overlapping breast tissue, 3D mammography can make a tumor easier to see. Reviewing multiple images can potentially help doctors find more cancers than with 2D images alone.
- Earlier diagnosis: Overlapping tissue can hide small cancers in a 2D scan. However, with 3D mammography, the image “slices” can be analyzed one by one. This means 3D mammography may potentially help detect cancers earlier than conventional mammography.
- Better detection in dense breast tissue: Dense breast tissue, often found in younger women, can cause shadows due to overlapping tissue, which sometimes hides tumors from traditional 2D mammography. 3D mammography takes images of the breast from multiple angles, thereby offering a cutting-edge look through and around breast tissue.
- Less Anxiety: 3D mammography can help reduce false alarms. The improved accuracy in diagnosing abnormal structures offered by a 3D view of the breast decreases the number of unnecessary callbacks to women for additional scans and biopsies.
- Safe and Effective: During a 3D mammogram, women will experience a negligible amount of additional radiation, compared with a standard mammogram.
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.