Top Ten Reasons to Choose Progressive Radiology for Women's Imaging by Dr. Wilkens

Posted on: 01/06/2014

Breast cancer in the United States is still the most common cancer in women, despite your race or ethnicity!  

Risk Factors

Research has found several risk factors that may increase your chances of getting breast cancer.  Risk factors that increase risk of breast cancer include;

  •  Getting older.
  •  Being younger when you first had your menstrual period. 
  •  Starting menopause at a later age.
  •  Being older at the birth of your first child.
  •  Never giving birth.
  •  Personal history of breast cancer or some non-cancerous breast diseases. 
  •  Family history of breast cancer (mother, sister, daughter). 
  •  Treatment with radiation therapy to the breast/chest. 
  •  Being overweight (increases risk for breast cancer after menopause).
  •  Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy (estrogen and progesterone combined). 
  •  Having changes in the breast cancer-related genes BRCA1 or BRCA2.
  •  Using birth control pills, also called oral contraceptives. 
  •  Drinking alcohol (more than one drink a day).
  •  Not getting regular exercise.

Having a risk factor does not mean you will get the disease. Most women have some risk factors but most women do not get breast cancer. If you have breast cancer risk factors, talk with your medical provider about ways you can decrease your risk and about screening for breast cancer.   


1. Board certified radiologists specializing in women’s imaging interpret your exam.
2. On-site women’s imager is available for immediate consultation, interpretation and recommendations.
3. Experienced and caring mammography technologists perform your exam.
4. We only use advanced technologies including digital mammography.
5.  We have an extremely high accuracy rate (well above the national rate) for detecting breast cancer.
6. We are the only center in Harford County that offers the Mammo Pad for a gentler, more comfortable mammogram with better breast acquisition.
7. We deliver fast results to your doctor and quick response letters to you after your exam.
8. We have highly skilled breast ultrasound technologists who work in a collaborative team approach toward your diagnosis.
9. We offer easy scheduling either by phone or on-line with convenient appointment availability to accommodate your busy lifestyle.
10. We agree with many highly respected organizations regarding breast cancer screening recommendations.  Among these include the American Cancer Society, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, National Cancer Institute, American College of Radiology, the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Breast Imaging.  Below are our guidelines based on the most current research:

These are our screening guidelines:

  • Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
  • Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over

We believe women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.

We encourage all women to talk with their health care provider about whether high risk factors warrant earlier and more frequent screening.

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