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Evaluation and Management of Breast Pain Mar 31st, 2019

PRINT ME Evaluation and Management of Breast Pain   Breast pain or mastalgia (“mas-stal-ja”) is one of the most commonly reported symptoms in women presenting with breast complaints.  In a 2014 survey of the general population of nearly 1700 women, 52% reported regular episodes of breast pain and 17% rated...

Making Sense of Recent News About The Safety of Silicone Breast Implants Mar 10th, 2019

PRINT ME One of the most commonly asked questions I have heard from patients in recent weeks is “What do you think of the recent reports about breast implant safety?” The question has been prompted by recent news coverage of a major publication that analyzed, in patients with breast implants,...

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction Feb 19th, 2019

PRINT ME What Are Risk Factors?   Risk factors are physical, lifestyle, or historical factors that increase the likelihood of developing cancer.   Who Are Your Patient’s Breast Cancer Risk Factors?   Most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors, aside from being of the female sex....

Breast Cancer Risk Factors and Risk Reducing Strategies For You Feb 19th, 2019

PRINT ME What Are Risk Factors? Risk factors are physical, lifestyle, or historical factors that increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer.   What Are Your Breast Cancer Risk Factors? Most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors, aside from being of the female sex. However, a...

How "Dense" Are You? Part II: Selecting a Dense Breast Screening Regimen Feb 5th, 2019

PRINT ME What is breast density and why is it important? Breast density refers to the relative proportion of the three main contents of the breast: 1) milk-producing glandular tissue and ducts, 2) stroma—the internal scaffolding of the breast that holds everything in place, and 3) fat tissue which serves...

How Dense Are You? Part 2 for Providers Feb 5th, 2019

PRINT ME There’s a movement afoot in America. From Maine to Florida, Texas, Oregon, and many states in between, the "Are You Dense?" nationwide campaign led by the breast cancer advocacy movement is making efforts to enact laws that ensure women receive proper education regarding the significance of breast density and its...

How Dense Are Your Patients? Jan 14th, 2019

PRINT ME There’s a movement afoot in America. From Maine to Florida, Texas, Oregon, and many states in between, the "Are You Dense?" nationwide campaign led by the breast cancer advocacy movement is making efforts to enact laws that ensure women receive proper education regarding the significance of breast density and its...

Mastectomy study confirms 'Jolie effect' on breast cancer prevention Oct 27th, 2017

Mastectomy study confirms 'Jolie effect' on breast cancer preventionhttp://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/83148364-132.html Angelina Jolie bravely revealed she removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes in a New York Times Op-Ed piece, nearly two years after a double mastectomy. The Times' Christy Khoshaba has the details.HealthDay Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo breast removal to reduce her...

'Mastectomy Study Confirms 'Jolie Effect' on Breast Cancer Prevention' Oct 23rd, 2017

"Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo breast removal to reduce her risk of breast cancer has led other women to do so, a new study shows." Continue reading on the Chicago Tribune. 

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Surgical Margins: What you need to know Mar 15th, 2017

The goal of breast cancer surgery is to remove the cancer surrounded by a rim of normal tissue. The main challenge of breast cancer surgery is that some parts of the cancer might not be detectable during surgery using standard procedures. About 30% of women in the U.S. require multiple...

5 Things You Should Do Before Undergoing Breast Cancer Surgery Mar 1st, 2017

1. Stay CalmIt’s completely understandable to feel like your cancer diagnosis is a crisis that requires an urgent solution. “Get the cancer out of me quickly,” is a common request. However, you should resist the urge to treat cancer as an “emergency”. Having the cancer removed quickly may help your...

How Dense Are You? Feb 15th, 2017

There’s a movement afoot in America. From Maine to Florida, Texas, Oregon, and many states in between, the ‘Are You Dense?’ nationwide campaign led by the breast cancer advocacy movement is making efforts to enact laws that ensure women receive proper education regarding the significance of breast density, and its...

Making Sense of Breast Cancer Feb 1st, 2017

Talking to women about their breast cancer risk is among the most gratifying of privileges I have as a breast surgeon and breast cancer advocate. An informal survey of thousands of women I’ve counseled over the years places most women into one of four groups when it comes to breast...

False Mammograms Are More Common Than You Think Jan 16th, 2017

1. The study’s leader said that we’ve all been “overstating the value” of mammography. What’s your response to this? Do you agree?I agree that we have overstated the value of screening mammography to some degree. This is partly due to the fact that chemotherapy is now more effective at improving...

Early Signs of Breast Cancer Jan 1st, 2017

When must people think of early signs and symptoms of breast cancer, breast lumps and nipple discharge often come to mind. However, there are several subtle signs and symptoms of breast cancer that should be considered: a thickened area of the breast, skin or nipple retraction, skin redness and swelling,...

Avoiding Cancer Misdiagnosis Dec 1st, 2016

I recently learned of an unfortunate situation in which a woman was given a diagnosis of cancer by two different hospitals, only to find out after receiving 20 rounds of chemotherapy that her breast condition was non-cancerous. From a needle biopsy, she had been originally diagnosed with metaplastic breast cancer,...

New York Times Article on DCIS: My Opposing View Nov 1st, 2016

The August 20, 2015, publication of “Breast Cancer Mortality After A Diagnosis of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ” (JAMA Oncol 2015) by Steve Narod and colleagues has spurred considerable discussion and debate regarding the natural history and optimal treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or non-invasive breast cancer, a condition...

I’m Pleased to Inform You That You Are BRCA Positive Oct 31st, 2016

Among the most gratifying experiences that I have as a breast cancer surgeon is when I inform a healthy woman that she has tested “positive” for a breast cancer gene mutation. I suspect that you have re-read the title of the blog and opening sentence a couple of time to...