In recent years, there have been mixed messages to women about screening mammography. At the Kupferle Comprehensive Breast Center, we believe that mammograms save lives and follow American Cancer Society guidelines for the early detection, which include:
- Annual mammograms starting at age 40
- Regular clinical breast exams every year starting at age 40
- Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.
Cancer Risk Assessment Program
Women with a strong family history of breast cancer or other breast cancer risk factors are encouraged to contact our Cancer Risk Assessment program. Through this program you can review your family's medical history and be evaluated for potential increased risk of developing cancer. After reviewing your history, the assessment program staff will provide recommendations for cancer screenings and possible participation in the High Risk Breast Cancer Surveillance Clinic.
A full-time registered oncology nurse supervises the risk assessment department. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. If you would like to evaluate your cancer risk, call 817-820-4868 to speak to the coordinator.