The Breast Health Center is dedicated to the precise and earlier detection of pre-malignancies, or pre-cancers, and malignancies, or cancers, in the breast using all-digital imaging, including advanced mammography and ultrasonography, on-site breast MRI and stereotactic imaging-guided biopsies.

A screening mammogram uses low-dose x-rays to detect signs of breast cancer—breast lumps or changes in breast tissue. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that women begin screening as early as age 40, but guidelines vary depending you're your health, your family history and other risk factors. It's important to have regular conversations with your doctor about your breast health, to determine a personal screening schedule that's best for you.

What to Expect at Your Screening Mammogram

At a breast screening appointment, a doctor will discuss your medical history, including any family history of breast cancer. Your breasts will be examined for characteristic symptoms, including:

  • Lumps or thickening
  • Nipple discharge or inversion
  • Redness or changes in the skin or contour of the breast

Schedule a mammogram at Advanced Imaging at UM SJMC in the UM St. Joseph Cancer Institute. Call our Breast Health Center at 410-427-5510 with any questions, or if you need assistance. Learn more about our COVID protocols, for your ongoing health and safety.

High-Risk Treatment Program

To determine an individual's risk level for breast cancer, the team reviews a range of health factors, such as personal medical history, family history, and prior biopsies.

Our High-Risk Treatment program, led by Dr. Ethan Rogers, provides individualized risk assessment, screening, and preventive cancer treatment for women and men with known risk factors and/or for those patients with a concern for potential high-risk status.

The team includes breast oncology surgeons, medical oncologists, plastic surgeons, radiologists, a genetic counselor—who provides patients and family members with education about screening options and testing for hereditary cancer risks--a social worker, and many other dedicated staff members.

Determining Your Risk

There is new hope for patients at high risk for breast cancer. Emerging and newer forms of radiation therapy combined with ever-evolving, state-of-the-art scanning technologies are vastly improving our ability to destroy a growing range of cancers.

The first step in determining your risk level for breast cancer is to complete this brief and secure online risk assessment. Dr. Rogers reviews each to determine the personalized risk level of each patient. Individuals deemed to be at a low or average risk will receive a letter from Dr. Rogers confirming your results. Individuals deemed to be at a high risk for developing breast cancer will receive a phone call explaining the results and suggesting next steps. Women and men at high-risk are encouraged to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rogers or another breast cancer specialist.