"Everyone was extremely nice and cordial. Love the atmosphere here. Had a very good experience at the breast health center. I wish my work environment was as pleasant."

-BHC Patient


Breast Cancer Facts & Early Detection

It's the goal of the Providence Breast Health Center to dramatically reduce the loss of life and grief associated with breast cancer in our community. How can we accomplish this goal? The answer is simple but daunting - early detection. Far too many women over 40 years of age fail to get an annual mammography screening. Providence Breast Health Center was designed and built to attract more women to seek out these vital annual exams.

Mammograms can find cancer before you can even feel it! Catching breast cancer at an early stage will give you more treatment options and better outcomes. Early detection can literally save your life! How can you help? Know your facts!


  • 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer
  • 96% of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer free after five years
  • The risk of breast cancer increases with age, so every woman is at risk
  • Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer in women and the second most common cause of death among women
  • More than 1 in 4 cancers in women are breast cancer
  • About 90% of breast cancers are due not to heredity, but to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general
  • The first sign of breast cancer shows up on a mammogram long before it can be felt through a self-exam
  • A woman is never too young to develop breast cancer. Breast self-exam should begin by the age of 20
  • Over 80% of breast lumps are non-cancerous

Resources - Center for Disease Control, Breastcare.org, National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society

Credible Links

American Cancer Society www.cancer.org
American College of Radiology www.acr.org
The Central Texas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

BreastCancer.org www.breastcancer.org
Imaginis www.imaginis.com
ACR/RSNA www.radiologyinfo.org
New York Online Access to Health www.noah-health.org (A-Z health topics)
Living Beyond Breast Cancer www.lbbc.org (click "for patients")
CancerCare www.cancercare.org
National Cancer Institute www.cancer.gov
Breast Cancer: Network of Strength www.networkofstrength.org
Young Survival Coalition www.youngsurvival.org (women under 40)
National Lymphedema Network www.lymphnet.org
American Society of Breast Surgeon www.breastsurgeons.org
American Society of Plastic Surgeons www.plasticsurgery.org
MammoPad www.mammopad.com

Online Risk Assessments
Breast Cancer


***These tests do not diagnose you with breast cancer or osteoporosis. They are intended to tell you if you have any clinically proved risk factors that may lead to either disease.

Providence Pink Partners

Join the Providence Pink Partners by making a gift to the Providence Foundation of $1,000, $500, $100, or any amount.

Proceeds will be used to provide free or low cost mammograms to Central Texas indigent women at the Providence Breast Health Center.

To learn more about how you can help, call the Providence Foundation at 254-751-4762 or email: Meagan.Meadors@phn-waco.org

Previous Patients of Cecilia Mitchell Breast Center