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Routine self-examination is the first step to breast health and disease prevention. At your annual exam by our board-certified specialists at Women’s Health Services at Providence, our experts will teach you the proper self-exam technique to better understand what is normal for you and how to watch for any abnormal lumps or discharge.  

Prevention and Early Detection 

Breast Self-Examination (BSE)

The American Cancer Society’s screening guidelines recommend that women perform monthly breast self-examinations beginning at age 20. Any unusual findings should always be discussed with a physician.

Clinical Breast Examination (CBE)

Women in their 20’s should also have a clinical breast exam by a health professional once every three years and every year starting at the age of 40.

Providence Mammography Center  

The Providence Mammography Center provides mammography services by experienced certified professionals, using equipment that can detect abnormalities long before the woman or health professional feels it.

The Mammography Center is located in the Wellness Institute on the 3rd floor of the Outpatient Services Building. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (202) 854-7226.

Mammogram and MRI Screenings Available  

Screening Mammogram

Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year, and should continue to as long as they are in good health. Age alone should not be the reason to stop having a yearly mammogram.

MRI Screening

Women with higher risk factors may be eligible for MRI screening exams for early detection.


Contact Women’s Health Services

To learn more about women’s services, programs, and support services, call (202) 854-7074, (202) 854-7525, (202) 854-4311 or (202) 854-7752 to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists at Women’s Health Services at Providence. 

Main hospital Phone: (202) 854 7000

Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum Street, N.E. Washington, DC 20017 2180