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Breast care at UTMB Health

Patients who receive breast care and breast imaging services at UTMB Health can be confident they are receiving the highest level of care using the latest technology and treatments available. UTMB is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.  The breast imaging program at UTMB Health has also been designated a “Center of Excellence” by the American College of Radiology.  These distinguished designations mean patients can be assured that UTMB Health is providing the highest standards of care for breast health patients.

The Facts about Breast Health

Breast cancer is the cause of death of approximately 40,000 women every year. Understanding the facts about breast cancer can help women make informed decisions about their breast health and overall well-being. Here are some of the most common ones.



Breast cancer always comes in the form of a lump. You may still have breast cancer even if you don't feel a lump. Lumps are just one sign of breast cancer, women should also look for swelling, skin irritation or dimpling of the breast; breast or nipple pain; nipple retraction; or redness of the breast.
A negative mammogram means I am not at risk.Despite their importance for breast cancer screening and diagnosis, mammograms may fail to detect breast cancers. This is why clinical breast exams are important along with women having breast "self awareness". 
My weight doesn't increase my risk of breast cancer. Unfortunately, being overweight does increase your risk for breast cancer, especially if you're past menopause or gained the weight later in life.
I don't have a family history of breast cancer, so I'm not at risk of getting it.Only about 5 - 10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary. Lifestyle and environmental factors can also be risk factors for breast cancer.
Breast cancer can be prevented.

Breast cancer cannot be prevented, but you can take three important steps to help detect it early:

  • Conduct regular breast self-exams
  • Have a physical every year which includes a clinical breast exam
  • Schedule an annual mammogram after age 40
I have no risk factors for breast cancer so shouldn't worry about my breast health.The fact is that as many as 60 - 70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer did not have any known risk factors.

Why Choose UTMB Health?

Is it time for your annual mammogram? Do you want to know if you’re genetically at greater risk for breast cancer? Have you been diagnosed with breast cancer?

Regardless of your breast health needs, by choosing UTMB Health:

  • You will have access to the most comprehensive care and advanced treatments available for all breast conditions and diseases, provided by some of the region’s most highly distinguished and experienced physicians and breast health specialists
  • You can be confident you are receiving the right treatment because of UTMB’s multidisciplinary approach to care
  • You will have access to clinical trials and groundbreaking treatment options 

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UTMB Health earns national reaccreditation for the highest level of breast care.

A breast health program that achieves NAPBC-accreditation demonstrates their commitment to provide patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
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