Breast care services in Denver
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center provides superior imaging services to help you maintain breast health. Our team of breast health specialists works consistently to ensure that you receive the best care and service.
We have assembled a complete range of breast health services under one roof. Our team can handle and assist with any breast health concern that you or your family may have. Every problem is treated with the same professional attention, even if your diagnosis indicates breast cancer. There are on-site medical, radiation and surgical oncologists if you need any breast surgical services.
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s performs digital mammograms, which is a highly accurate type of mammography. Digital mammograms are more effective at detecting cancer in women under 50, women with dense breast tissue and women who are perimenopausal.
- Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesdays: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies are offered only on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
When should you get a mammogram?
All women should go for breast cancer screenings regularly. The following are recommendations based on age.
- 20 to 39 years old—A professional should perform a Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) as a part of a regular health exam every three years. Women also should do regular breast self-exams (BSE) and alert a physician in the event of any changes.
- 40 years old and older—A professional should perform a CBE annually and women should have a mammogram each year.
Women who have a family history of breast cancer or are otherwise at increased risk should discuss necessary screenings with their physicians.
What to expect during a mammogram
- If you have sensitive breasts, schedule during a time you expect your breasts to be the least tender (perhaps avoiding the time around your period).
- The exam takes anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes
- Wear an outfit that allows you to remove only the top
- Avoid lotion, deodorant and powder on your underarms and breasts as they can interfere with the reading.
- You may feel a little pressure during the procedure but otherwise, it is painless
- Be prepared to discuss previous mammograms and breast health history
- Bring your referring physician's contact information and your insurance card
Additional breast health services include:
- Breast and lymph node biopsy
- Sentinel lymph node analysis
- Abscess drainage and cyst aspiration
- Preoperative needle localizations
- Breast reconstruction surgery
We also offer alternative therapies in addition to superb medical treatment. Our counselors help you deal with emotional stresses caused by breast health problems and nutritionists to help you achieve a healthful diet. We offer financial counseling and help with transportation when it is needed. Our goal is to help you deal with the impact breast problems can have on all aspects of your life–expertly, efficiently and conveniently.