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Published on Friday, October 16, 2015

Ask the OB-GYNs: All about Breast Health

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Laura Donnelly Mueller, MD, and Erin DuMontier, MD, both specializing in obstetrics and gynecology at OB-GYN Associates of St. Louis, discuss breast health and cancer screenings.



How often do I need a mammogram?

Laura Donnelly Mueller, MD, says "The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends initiating mammograms at age 40. They also recommend screening mammograms be performed every year. If there is a family history of breast, uterine or ovarian cancers, the screening recommendations may be changed and you should talk to your OB-GYN if you have a strong family history of female cancers."


What are fibrocystic breast changes?

Erin DuMontier, MD, says, "Some women have breasts that are swollen, lumpy and tender. These are called fibrocystic breast changes. The condition is most common in the childbearing years but can happen after menopause in women taking hormonal therapy."


How is the diagnosis made for fibrocystic breast changes?

Dr. DuMontier says, "The diagnosis is often made based on clinical symptoms as well as fibrocystic changes noted on breast exam and/or mammography. There is no treatment for fibrocystic breast changes except for those geared towards relieving symptoms.  Symptomatic treatments include:

  • Applying ice or heat to the breasts
  • Taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen
  • Wearing a well-fitting bra


Laura Donnelly Mueller, MD, and Erin DuMontier, MD, are a part of BJC Medical Group and on staff at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. They practice at the Sunset Hills location of OB-GYN Associates of St. Louis, located at 3844 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 235, Sunset Hills, MO. To make an appointment or find out more about them, please call (314) 725 -9300 or book online for Dr. Donnelly Mueller here >>  or Dr. DuMontier here >> 

To read other FAQs from the OB-GYNs, like flu vaccines during pregnancy and yeast infections, click here.

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