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Together we’re stronger in the fight against cancer

At the St. Elizabeth Breast Center, we know that early detection is the best protection against breast cancer. For women over 40, this starts with regular self exams and an annual mammogram

But it doesn’t stop there. ​That’s why we continue to enhance our services with leading-edge procedures and technologies. Our highly trained physicians and staff have also partnered with the YWCA Women’s Cancer Program to provide low-cost or free screenings to women in the Greater Lafayette area, giving them a chance to be there when it matters most.​​

A low risk test

The level of radiation is low, and any risk from mammography is very low.

An email to save your life

A mammogram helps screen healthy women for signs of breast cancer. It is also used to evaluate a woman who has symptoms of a breast disease, such as a lump, nipple discharge, breast pain, dimpling of the skin on the breast or retraction of the nipple.


Women with a mother or sister who had breast cancer should strongly consider annual mammograms earlier than the age at which their youngest family member was diagnosed.


Signing up for an annual mammogram reminder may be one of the most important decisions you ever make.

​Breast cancer is the second most lethal cancer in women. (Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in women.) The good news is that early detection and new treatments have improved survival rates. Unfortunately, women in lower social and economic groups still have significantly lower survival rates than women in higher groups.

Several factors are used to determine the risk for recurrence and the likelihood of successful treatment. They include:

  • Location of the tumor and how far it has spread 
  • Whether the tumor is hormone receptor-positive or -negative
  • Tumor markers
  • Gene expression 
  • Tumor size and shape
  • Rate of cell division

​Over the course of a lifetime, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.​​

Risk factors you cannot change include:

  • Age and gender -- Your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older. Most advanced breast cancer cases are found in women over age 50. Women are 100 times more likely to get breast cancer than men.
  • Family history of breast cancer -- You may also have a higher risk for breast cancer if you have a close relative who has had breast, uterine, ovarian, or colon cancer. About 20 - 30% of women with breast cancer have a family history of the disease.
  • Genes -- Some people have genes that make them more likely to develop breast cancer. The most common gene defects are found in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. These genes normally produce proteins that protect you from cancer. If a parent passes you a defective gene, you have an increased risk for breast cancer. Women with one of these defects have up to an 80% chance of getting breast cancer sometime during their life.
  • Menstrual cycle -- Women who got their periods early (before age 12) or went through menopause late (after age 55) have an increased risk for breast cancer.


Breast Imaging Center of ExcellenceThe St. Elizabeth Breast Center has received the designation of Breast Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiology. The designation means the center meets the highest standards and is evaluated more often. 

The accreditation designates the center as a “Breast Imaging Center of Excellence” in the fields of mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

The St. Elizabeth Breast Center is the only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in the Greater Lafayette area.​​

Two convenient locations

Mammography Screening

3920 St. Francis Way
Suite 215
Lafayette, IN 47905
PH: (765) 502-4800
FX: (765) 428-5887

Diagnostic Center

Unity Medical Pavilion
1345 Unity Place
Suite 220
Lafayette, IN 47905
PH: (765) 446-5350
FX: (765) 446-5475