St. Mary's Breast Center is a state-of-the-art imaging facility, and also offers the community a true comprehensive breast health center designed to diagnose and treat diseases of the breast.
The vision of the Breast Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center is to bring home the need and make available to every woman the peace of mind of knowing she is doing everything she can to safeguard herself and maintain her health. A key element of that is to recognize that screening mammograms SAVE LIVES! While today there is no known way to prevent breast cancer, we do know that if caught early enough, most women survive to lead long, healthy lives.
And, routine monthly self-breast exams, annual physical exams by your physician, accompanied with regular screening mammograms are in combination most effective ways to achieve the earliest detection.
Today, nearly 50% of the women in our area who SHOULD get a mammogram are not. We are committed to fixing that.
Dr. James H. Morgan, III is the director of the St. Mary's Breast Center.
Services offered at the Breast Center include:
- All digital mammography with computer-aided detection
- Stereotactic biopsy
- Sentinel node biopsy
- Breast MRI and biopsy system
- Breast ultrasound
- Mammosite® Radiation Therapy System
- Hereditary cancer risk assessment program
- Breast cancer support group
- Lymphedema treatment program
- Personalized care provided by certified breast navigators
- Mentoring program in which newly diagnosed breast cancer patients are paired with breast cancer survivors for support
To schedule your screening mammogram, call (304) 526-8221 or email us for an appointment today. Our scheduling staff will respond to your request within 24 business hours with an appointment time that is convenient for you.
To learn more about mammograms visit: www.womenneedmammograms.com
St. Mary’s Breast Center is committed to saving lives through early detection of breast cancer. As part of that commitment, the center offers the latest technology in breast cancer detection with 3-D mammography. The 3-D mammography process converts digital breast images into very thin slices, allowing the radiologist to see breast tissue in much clearer detail. This is especially important with dense breast tissue, which can often show up as white on a regular digital mammogram, thereby obscuring the cancer.
A 3-D mammogram:
- Is a very similar procedure to a traditional digital mammogram
- Takes about the same amount of time as a digital mammogram
- Emits more radiation than a digital mammogram, but at levels safely below the American College of Radiology guidelines
A patient can request a 3-D mammogram or a physician can order it. A patient will also receive a 3-D mammogram if she:
- Has a history of breast cancer
- Has required additional testing after previous mammograms
- Has dense breast tissue
- Has a palpable lump
Women should begin having yearly mammograms at age 40, unless family history dictates having one earlier. If family history includes a mother or sister who was diagnosed, mammograms should begin 10 years before the mother or sister’s age at diagnosis.