Welcome to Penn State Hershey Breast Center

Penn State Hershey Breast Center understands the anxiety associated with mammograms and breast health. But at Penn State Hershey, you have the added peace of mind knowing that you are surrounded by a dedicated team of caring radiologists and surgeons who specialize in breast health.

Designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the Breast Center is located in a comfortable and convenient setting, and offers patients a full-range of services, from fully digital mammography, breast ultrasounds, and MRI's to specialized surgical services. 

How can you decrease your risk for Breast and Ovarian CancerIgnoring your family history isn't worth the risk

Everyone has some risk of developing breast cancer. Learning your risk early may help prevent cancer from occurring or catch it when it is most treatable. Penn State Hershey Breast Center's high-risk assessment team provides a comprehensive screening and customized care plan for your level of risk based on your personal screening. Protect your health and the health of the women in your family.

Schedule an appointment today by calling 717-531-5867. Meet the team and learn how the Breast Center can help you decrease your risk.

Kristine Widders, M.D.

Meet Our Newest Dedicated Breast Surgeon

Penn State Hershey Breast Center welcomes board-certified breast surgeon Dr. Kristine L. Widders to the team. Dr. Widders is seeing patients at our East Shore and West Shore locations. Dr. Widders comes to Penn State Hershey from Mercy Suburban Hospital, East Norriton, PA, where she served as the director of the breast program. Dr. Widders graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, MI. She completed her surgical internship and residency at Christiana Health Care System in Newark, DE and additional residency at the University of Delaware Center for Translational Cancer Research. Dr. Widders also completed a breast surgery fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI.

Understanding Preventive MastectomiesUnderstanding Preventive Mastectomies- Rena Kass, M.D.

Actress Angelina Jolie's announcement that she chose to undergo a preventive double mastectomy is shining light on the procedure as well as gene mutations that can indicate a high risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. In this video, Dr. Rena Kass, co-director of Penn State Hershey Breast Center, talks about testing for those mutations and why some women choose to have preventive mastectomies.

What is Dense Breast Tissue and Why is it Important?

As of January 1, 2014, information about breast density is now included with the result letter that women receive after their screening mammogram.

Dr. Susann Schetter, Co-Medical Director of the Penn State Hershey Breast Center, discusses the meaning of breast density and its importance in this video, an educational initiative of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

West Shore Location

Penn State Hershey Breast Center provides breast health support, education, and coordination of services for women of all ages and their families. As a part of the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the Breast Center has seamless access to the world-class expertise, the latest national clinical trials, and the most advanced resources in the region.

Call today to schedule your first or next mammogram at our convenient West Shore location:

Now offering both screening and diagnostic mammography services on the West Shore (Additional locations in Harrisburg and Hershey; let us know if either of those locations better suit your schedule.)

Convenient 24-hour scheduling: 1-800-243-1455

American Cancer Society recommended Guidelines

Breast Center doctors recommend women follow American Cancer Society guidelines for annual mammography screening exams.

Partnership to provide free mammograms

One in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, but only 55 percent of Pennsylvania women receive annual mammograms as recommended over age 40. To help address one of the reasons why some women do not schedule annual mammograms the lack of insurance or ability to pay Penn State Hershey Breast Center and Weis Markets announced a new partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Healthy Woman Program to provide mammograms to women in need. Click here to find out how you can receive a free mammogram.


Support Groups provided by - Penn State Hershey Breast Center

CLIMB - (Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery)

CLIMB is a free, five-week program designed to help children cope when someone they love has cancer by encouraging discussion and creativity.  Please visit this site again soon for upcoming dates.  Registration is limited.  For more information log onto PennStateHershey.org/cancer.  To register, call Michelle Farnan at 717-531-7942.

Moving Forward

Nurses lead Moving Forward to offer women diagnosed with breast cancer in the past five years answers to their treatment questions, while providing a supportive environment to share concerns and triumphs with others at a similar place on the journey.

Moving Forward meets the 3rd Monday of every month from 6-8 P.M.

Sweet Survivors

Sweet Survivors is one of the oldest and most active breast cancer support groups in the United States. Survivors, some more than 20 years out from the diagnosis, offer friendship and outreach to fellow survivors. Their meetings frequently offer educational and/or entertaining guest speakers.  

Sweet Survivors meets the 1st Monday of every month (except in the case of a holiday, then the group meets the 2nd Monday of that month).  6 P.M. the group gathers to greet new members.  The program runs 6:15-8 P.M.

The above support groups all meet at The Penn State Hershey Breast Center.  30 Hope Drive - Entrance A, Conference Room 1710 right inside the door. 


T-Shirts are Here!

Penn State Hershey Breast Center is pleased to announce the release of their 2014 Shirts. 

T-Shirts are $15 for Small - XXL and $18 - XXXL

Women's and men's long sleeve thermal t-shirts are $30 for sizes Small - XXXL

These items are available at the Breast Center (Hershey, Camp Hill and Nyes Road) for purchase.  You can print the order form from our website, complete it, scan and email to Shanna Gillette at sgillette@hmc.psu.edu(preferable). If you do not have scanning capabilities, simply email Shanna with your order.      

Proceeds benefit patient and staff education and breast health awareness.  We thank you for your support!