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Whether you need a mammogram, a screening for osteoporosis, or want to learn more about genetic testing, The Women’s Center at Sparks and Summit is the area’s most comprehensive clinic for women’s services, including:
- Digital Mammography
- Breast Ultrasounds
- Breast Aspirations
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
- Breast Needle Localization
- Breast Cancer Assessment and Genetic Testing
- Breast Self-Exam Instruction
- Breast Health Education
- Bone Density Scans
- Achilles Screening Bone Density (FREE)
- Inspirations Boutique – featuring pink ribbon accessories and women’s health care items
Some of our services require a physician referral. If you don’t have a primary care or family doctor, go to SparksPhysicians.com to find a doctor who is right for you.
Statistics show that one out of every eight women will get breast cancer. Preventive screenings, such as mammograms, are valuable tools at detecting breast cancer at an early stage, thus making it more treatable.
The BreastCare Clinic at The Women's Center
The BreastCare Clinic is a facility dedicated to serving women through a wide range of services including screening and diagnostic mammography, ultrasound and breast biopsies. A radiologist and surgeon are on-site. Breast self-examination training, genetic assessment and testing, along with breast health education, are also available. The clinic is one of the state's largest mammography providers and an FDA-approved facility.
Summit Medical Center serves as a second location for The Women’s Center. Screening mammograms can be performed at this location.
Inspirations is a boutique within The Women’s Center that features unique pink ribbon accessories, along with healthcare items geared toward women’s needs.
Call (479) 709-1913 for Sparks or (479) 471-4362 for Summit to schedule your mammogram.
Breast self-examination is a key factor in detecting breast cancer at an early stage. Learning how to properly examine your breasts is a life-saving practice all women should begin at age 20 and continue throughout their lives. This involves a step-by-step approach to examining the look and feel of your breasts.
The Women’s Center offers certified breast exam instructors trained to educate patients on effective self-exam procedures.
Clinical breast exam
Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a regular health exam by a health professional at least every three years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.
Mammogram (x-ray of the breast)
Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year. Screening mammograms are used to look for breast disease in women who are asymptomatic; that is, they appear to have no breast problems. Screening mammograms usually take two views (x-ray pictures taken from different angles) of each breast. For some patients, such as women with breast implants, more pictures may be needed to include as much breast tissue as possible. A diagnostic mammogram is used to diagnose breast disease in women who have breast symptoms or an abnormal result on a screening mammogram.
Women at high risk should get an MRI and a mammogram every year. Women at moderately increased risk should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram. Yearly MRI screening is not recommended for women who are not at a high or moderate increased risk.
Women at high risk include those who:
- Have a known BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
- Have a first-degree relative (parent, brother, sister or child) with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, but have not had genetic testing themselves
- Have a lifetime risk of breast cancer of 20 percent to 25 percent or greater, according to risk assessment tools that are based mainly on family history
- Had radiation therapy to the chest when they were between the ages of 10 and 30
- Have Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Cowden syndrome, Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, or have first-degree relatives with one of these syndromes
Women at moderately increased risk include those who:
- Have a lifetime risk of breast cancer of 15 percent to 20 percent, according to risk assessment tools that are based mainly on family history
- Have a personal history of breast cancer
- Have extremely dense breasts or unevenly dense breasts when viewed by mammograms
If MRI is used, it should be in addition to, not instead of, a screening mammogram. While an MRI is a more sensitive test (it's more likely to detect cancer than a mammogram), it may still miss some cancers that a mammogram would detect.
If there is a nodule or abnormality noted on your mammogram, an ultrasound may be performed to aid in the diagnostic procedure. Ultrasound is an easy, painless exam that can detect the difference between a cystic or solid breast mass. Also, if a patient with a noticeable breast lump is too young for a mammogram, ultrasound alone can be done to assess the lump. Cysts in the breast can be drained easily with ultrasound guidance. Needle core biopsies can also be done in the BreastCare Clinic with ultrasound guidance in many instances. This is done with a local anesthesia by a radiologist and results can be obtained within 24 to 48 hours.
If a radiologist reads a test with an abnormal result, time is of the essence. At the BreastCare Clinic, a specialist is often available to meet with patients the same day and provide same-day biopsies in some cases.
Osteoporosis is a disease that impacts your bones. If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, that means you have bones that are thin and brittle. Like a sponge, your bones have a lot of holes in them, which can cause the bones to easily break. Osteoporosis affects millions of adults, usually women 50 and older.
Bone density scans (DEXA)
DEXA scan is the standard for measuring the density of your bones. It is a low-dose x-ray that takes readings of your bone density. The results are calculated by a specialized computer and then interpreted by a trained physician. For most, it is a simple and painless procedure that takes 15 minutes. A bone density scan can determine if you have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis risk cactors include:
Uncontrollable Risk Factors
- Age 50 and older
- Family History
- Low Body Weight
- Broken Bones or Height Loss
Controllable Risk Factors
- Not enough Calcium and Vitamin D
- Not eating enough fruits and vegetables
- Getting too much protein, sodium and caffeine
- Inactive lifestyle
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Losing weight
There are also medications and diseases that can cause bone loss and increase your risk of osteoporosis. For more information on osteoporosis, visit The National Osteoporosis Foundation.
Genetic Assessment and Testing
Approximately 5-10 percent of women with breast cancer have a hereditary form of the disease. Genetic testing analyzes DNA taken from the patient’s cheek cells. This is a simple and painless test that only takes a few minutes of your time.
BRCA is a test that checks for the presence of a chromosomal abnormality known as BRCA mutations.
Patients with a mutation of BRCA1 or BRCA2 have a very high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer in their lifetime.
BRCA genetic testing consists of a mouthwash or blood test. Analysis of the sample can determine if you inherited a gene mutation that contributed to your diagnosis of cancer. Genetic testing might also help determine if you are at greater risk of developing the same cancer again or of developing another type of cancer.
BRCA analysis testing can help aid you in knowing your risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Your physician can then manage your care before cancer develops. This includes preventive drug therapy, increased surveillance and/or preventive surgery.
If you have questions and would like to speak with a patient educator, please call (479) 709-1913.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
The Women’s Center is a proud recipient of the 2013-2014 grant from the Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. This is the sixth year The Women’s Center has received the grant. The $72,000 grant makes it possible to provide mammograms at NO CHARGE for uninsured and underinsured patients. Call to find out if you or your loved one may qualify.
Funds are available through March 31, 2014 or until depleted.
- mammograms (Sparks and Summit)
- breast ultrasounds
- breast biopsies
- some surgeon visits for abnormal mammogram results
- gas cards
Patients must be uninsured, underinsured, under age 40 or denied BreastCare funds to qualify. BreastCare is funded by the Department of Health.
The staff at The Women’s Center is a specially-trained team providing the area’s most comprehensive women’s health care services.
Karen Dodd, R.T.R.M.
Jeff Ferrell, M.D.
- Lead Breast Radiologist
Chris Roberts, RN
- Patient Navigator, Breast Clinic and Genetics Coordinator, Biopsy Team, Certified Breast Exam Instructor
Martha Johnson, R.T.R.M., CBPN-1, CBDT
- Mammography Technologist, Patient Navigator-Educator, Bone Density Technologist
Sharon Roberts, R.T.R.M.
- Lead Mammography Technologist, Bone Density Technologist, Breast Ultrasound Technologist, Biopsy Team Captain
Diane Hulsey, R.T.R.M., ARDMS, RVT
- Lead Ultrasound Technologist, Mammography Technologist, Bone Density Technologist, Biopsy Team
Laura Mobley, R.T.R.M., CV
- Mammography Technologist, Bone Density Technologist, Quality Control Technologist, Biopsy Team
Lynn Waganer, R.T.R.M.
- Mammography Technologist, Bone Density Technologist
Jane Flood, R.T.R.M.
- Mammography Technologist, Bone Density Technologist
Kandrea Fowler, R.T.R.M.
- PACS Administrator, Mammography Technologist, Bone Density Technologist
Patti Reece, R.T.R.M.
- Mammography Technologist
- Front Desk Team Lead, Assistant to Director
- Receptionist, Breast Clinic Assistant