What insurances do you accept?
We accept most insurances and are willing to file all insurances. If you would like to speak to a representative in the billing department, please call (405) 755-2273 x. 107.
When do I need to have a mammogram?
The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram yearly. Some physicians recommend a baseline screening mammogram at an earlier age, between 35 and 40, so changes in later screenings may be more evident. If you have a first degree relative that has had breast cancer your first mammogram and regular mammography screening may be started at a younger age. Finding a lump or abnormality at any age may necessitate your physician ordering a diagnostic mammogram to help diagnose the finding. Inform your physician if you have a family history of breast cancer on either your mother's or father's side.
Every woman is at risk for breast cancer and one in eight women will be diagnosed in their lifetimes. 75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history either. Since there is no way to prevent the disease it's important to have an annual mammogram and clinical exam and to practice regular monthly breast self exams.
I'm concerned about the radiation exposure I will receive with mammography, is it dangerous?
The amount of radiation used in today's mammography is a fraction of the amount used 20 years ago. Machines are carefully monitored and the amount of radiation is minimal, delivering less than 0.05 rads, compared to 5.0 rads per exposure in the 1960's. In other words, the typical amount of radiation delivered with a mammogram currently is equivalent to a four hour flight in a jet or the amount of radiation received during two hours of tanning in the sun. The benefits of mammography are far greater than any of the risks.
If I have breast implants do I still need to have annual mammograms?
Women who have had their breasts enlarged with implants over or under their breast tissue can have breast cancer and need to have regular mammograms. When making your appointment for a mammogram, tell the person scheduling your appointment that you have implants. It's more challenging to do an adequate mammogram when patients have undergone augmentation. Special views are required because the presence of breast implants. Breast ultrasound should be included with your annual exam. The technologists at the Oklahoma Breast Care Center are properly trained on how to do this.
Are there any financial assistance programs that will pay for my mammogram or diagnostic needs?
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are Calcifications & Microcalcifications?
deposits) or microcalcifications (small calcium deposits) are the smallest
particles visible on a mammogram. Calcifications are a normal occurrence
in aging breast tissues which have gone through changes that cause death
of cells, such as cysts, injuries or mastitis (infection.) However, they
can also be a sign that cancer may be present. Because of the potential
for a malignancy, radiologists study closely the findings of microcalcifications
found during mammography.
What is Fibroadenoma?
is a benign, firm tumor found most often in women 20 to 40 years
old. It is the most frequently occurring tumor in younger women.
It feels very slick and glassy and is not anchored in the breast.
The tumor feels as if it will slip out from under your fingers
because of the smooth outer surface of the lump. Pain is usually
not involved unless the tumor is very large and begins to put pressure
on other areas of the breast. To make sure that the tumor is a
fibroadenoma and not cancer, a mammogram and biopsy are often performed.
Although they very seldom become malignant, the tumor may need
to be removed from the breast, even though it is harmless, because
of the risk of masking cancer elsewhere in the breast.
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What is Fibrocystic
tissue covers a broad spectrum of changes that occur in the breasts
of most women during their reproductive years. It has become a
generalized term for a variety of benign (non-cancerous) conditions
of the breast. In general, it refers to breasts that feel “lumpy,” are
otherwise irregular to the touch, and display certain microscopic
features. Influenced by hormonal changes, the condition may fluctuate
during the menstrual cycle. The breasts of some women with fibrocystic
breast tissue may enlarge and become tender or painful just before
the menstrual period begins. Although the condition may be progressive
with age, it usually lessens after menopause.
What is Osteoporosis?
is one of the most common and yet poorly understood diseases of
middle and old age. The disease affects as many as 28 million a
year in the United States, 80% of whom are women. It is the 12th
leading cause of death in this country. In fact, more women are
affected by osteoporosis than by stroke, heart attack and breast
Is caffeine harmful?
Many women complain
of sore, painful breasts. After a consultation with a physician
to rule out disease, a caffeine-free diet may be recommended to
reduce this pain. A caffeine-free diet will take approximately
two months to yield an improvement in the discomfort and pain associated
with fibrocystic changes. Some women respond more slowly and it
may take up to a year, while others find no relief from reduced
heard that Vitamin E might help with my breast discomfort. Is that true?
Vitamin E has a myriad
of different functions. But by taking 400 IU daily it has a pain reducing
effect for fibrocystic pain. Reducing your daily caffeine intake
will also dramatically decrease breast discomfort.
is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?
is a sophisticated technology that uses a computer, magnetic field and
radio waves - instead of x-rays - to produce images of the soft tissues
in the body. MRI has been safely used for decades to provide information
to help in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease.
of the breasts has emerged as a new technique in the evaluation of breast
disease. When used in conjunction with mammography and ultrasound,
breast MRI can provide valuable information for the detection and characterization
of breast disease. MRI doesn't replace mammography - it's
a different imaging technique that provides additional information.
recognized breast centers currently perform breast MRI for a number of
- Monitoring of high-risk patients
- Surgical planning
- Staging of breast cancer and treatment planning
- Post-surgery and post-radiation follow-up
- Dense breast tissue evaluation
- Evaluate implant integrity and detect cancer in women with breast augmentation