Creating Healthier Lives for Women Everyday


When is the right time to get a breast exam?

The first thing to understand is the definition of the breast exam. According to the Mayo Clinic the definition is as follows:

A breast exam is a self-inspection of your beasts. During a breast exam, you use your eyes and hands to observe the appearance and feel of your breasts.

Breast exams allow you to become more familiar with your breasts. This may give you a greater awareness of the condition of your breasts. Breast exams may help identify potential breast problems.

Breast exams, once thought essential for early breast cancer detection, are now considered optional. While other breast cancer screening tests have been proved to save lives, there’s no evidence that breast exams can do this. What’s now stressed is breast awareness — being familiar with the normal consistency of your breasts and the underlying tissue, as well as inspecting your breasts for new changes.

The right time to get a breast exam should be determined by you and your physician. Make an appointment today to ensure that you are getting the proper care.


New Website

We’ve got a new website and would love for you to follow us online at We are also tweeting now @drjamesbelcher. We are pretty excited for all these new changes and hope you are too.

All of these changes are being made with you, our valued patients in mind. When you need quality healthcare, we hope you remember, that we want you to trust us as your number one choice. Please visit the site, and give us your feedback.

We look forward to hearing from you.

We’ve Moved!

That’s right, Dr. Belcher and OBGYN Specialties has moved to a new location. We are still operating at the Hampton location at 1110 Highlands Plaza, however we are now at a new office in North County two days a week. You can find us at the Village Square location at 270 and Dunn Road on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at:

1B Village Square Center
Hazelwood, MO 63042

The old office phone will continue to work as always so don’t worry if you forget our phone number. And of course, we’ll eventually permanently move on October 1, 2010 to the North County office. This change is being made because we found that the majority of our patients made the request and have moved North. We sure hope this move helps you! If you can let everyone know we’d appreciate it!