Do You “Know” Your Breasts?
Every woman has a unique breast tissue pattern which contributes to the way each woman’s breasts normally look and feel. Some women’s breasts may have a lumpy/rope-like texture which is considered “normal” for them, and others may have a smoother tissue texture that is considered “normal” for them. Knowing your breasts means being aware of […]
Breast Health Superfoods
It is no surprise that eating a healthy diet consisting of whole, nutrient-dense foods impact all aspects of women’s health in a positive, powerful way. When consumed on a regular basis, foods and spices that contain free-radical and cancer-fighting antioxidants, key nutrients, and anti-inflammatory properties have the potential to decrease a woman’s risk of breast […]
Not All Breasts Are Created Equal
Did You Know? Not all breasts are created equal. Each woman has a unique breast tissue pattern, consisting of 3 different types of tissue: fibrous, glandular, and fatty which determine a woman’s breast density. Do you know your breast density? Breast density can only be measured by mammography, and falls into 1 of 4 categories, […]
Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Prevention
Do you currently practice a daily or weekly exercise routine? If so, do you set goals for yourself and measure your progress to ensure that you ultimately reach those goals? What if you were told that being physically active on a weekly/daily basis has a strong potential to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer? […]
5 Reasons Your New Breast Center Is Requesting Your Prior Breast Imaging
Have you ever switched breast imaging facilities and wondered why your new facility is requesting that you provide your prior breast imaging? Perhaps your most recent mammogram was between 5 and 10 years ago, and in this case you may wonder: “How could images from so many years ago be relevant to my upcoming mammogram?” […]
Have you Found a New Breast Lump? This is Exactly What You Should Do.
Step 1: Do not panic!- According to the American College of Radiology, 80% of breast lumps are non-cancerous. There are several different types of benign breast lumps to rule out before assuming that your lump is cancerous. The most common include fibroadenomas, simple cysts, intraductal papillomas, and fibrocystic changes. Step 2: Make an appointment with […]
Haven’t Had A Mammogram in 10+ Years?
Has your routine mammography screening schedule fallen so off track to the point where you do not remember when your last mammogram was? Don’t worry, whether it has been a few years or 10+ years since your last trip to the breast center, you are not alone and it is never too late to resume […]
Have You Performed This Month’s Breast- Self Exam?
A Breast-Self Exam is an at-home screening technique conducted using the hands and eyes that is practiced with the purpose of detecting breast lumps and other appearance/texture related breast abnormalities. A monthly breast-self examination is a lifesaving practice recommended for women to add to their healthcare routine. The American Cancer Society recommends all women aged […]
Is Your “Mammogram Anxiety” Preventing You From Scheduling Your Routine Screening?
Do you feel an anxious flutter in your chest when you think about your next trip to the breast center? Do the fears that you associate with a mammogram prevent you from scheduling your routine screening? If so, you are not alone. It is very common for women to feel a heightened level of anxiety […]
Caffeine Consumption & Breast Health…Is There A Link?
Have you ever been told that the breast pain that you were experiencing or the breast lump that you discovered may have been associated with your caffeine intake? The relationship between caffeine intake and breast health has been a prominent research topic sparking high interest amongst physicians and clinical researchers for countless years. One of […]
Lifestyle Related Breast Cancer Risk Factors
Did you know that there are 2 categories of breast cancer risks? 1) Hereditary, biological risks 2) Lifestyle-related risks. Hereditary risks are those that a woman is genetically pre-exposed to from birth. In most cases, hereditary risks cannot be altered. Lifestyle related risks are those that are incurred by one’s way of living; These risks […]
Top Qualifying Factors of A Top-Notch Breast Center
Are you looking for a private, comprehensive breast center? Whether it is time for you to have your first mammogram or you have had countless mammograms but are actively searching for a new breast center, we are here to guide you in your journey by outlining the top 5 qualifying factors of a leading, state-of-the-art […]
“Am I Considered High Risk?”
Have you ever heard the term “high risk” in regard to breast cancer, not certain what it really meant, and wondered whether or not you fall into the high-risk category or not? By definition, the medical term “high risk” pertains to the increased likelihood of an individual to develop a medical condition in comparison to […]
“At My Age, Do I Still Need To Have A Mammogram Every Year?”
A question that is frequently asked by older women (aged 75 and older) is whether or not it is necessary for them to continue undergoing annual mammography screenings. Many women are under the impression that their risk of developing breast cancer diminishes with age, or that breast cancer progresses at a slower rate and is […]
How Breast Cancer Affects Relationships
A breast cancer diagnosis can cause emotional distress for both the individual and their family/friends. While breast cancer may not cause interpersonal problems, it can often worsen deteriorating relationships. For more on how breast cancer affects relationships, continue reading. Familial Relationships It can be difficult to share your breast cancer diagnosis with loved ones. […]
What to Eat During/After Breast Cancer Treatment
Breast Cancer treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy, come with a variety of symptoms that are unique to each patient. One of the most significant changes you may notice is a sudden change in appetite, whether it be due to stress, treatment, or anxiety. Despite changes in your daily routine, it is best […]
The COVID-19 Vaccine and Mammograms
While the correlation between receiving a mammogram and the COVID-19 vaccine is still being studied, we’ve gathered important information that women should currently be aware of. If you are considered high-risk or are above 40 years old, please continue reading for the recommendations for having a mammogram post-vaccination. Expect Swelling Lymph node swelling is […]
Exercise After Breast Cancer Treatment
It is common for women who undergo multiple breast cancer treatments to experience extreme fatigue, which can result in lack of motivation for physical activity and exercise. While this may be the case for most patients, research shows that a consistent fitness regiment after treatment improves stamina and overall quality of life. Exercise has also […]
What to Expect From Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy, a treatment most often used to treat cancer, utilizes powerful chemicals to kill fast-growing cells in the body. A wide variation of chemotherapy drugs exist that can be used on its own or in tandem with other medications. Chemotherapy can be used to ease symptoms, prepare you for other treatments, or kill hidden cancer […]
How to Support a Loved One With Cancer
For individuals living with cancer, having a strong support system is crucial to their journey. A cancer diagnosis often comes as a surprise and shifts the roles we’ve grown accustomed to. As you face this new challenge, the ability to empathize with your loved one’s new diagnosis, fears or concerns and adjustments will create a […]
Breast Cancer’s Link to Ovarian Cancer
The genetic predisposition that affects many women with Breast cancer can also leave them at heightened risk for developing Ovarian cancer. Since Breast cancer awareness has taken off, women have become much more concerned with breast health and monitoring potential symptoms, however, ovarian health has yet to see the same response. This is possibly due […]
Recovering From A Mastectomy
Mastectomy is a treatment option in which the entire breast is removed in order to prevent breast cancer recurrence or as a preventative measure in high risk individuals. Many women choose mastectomy as part of their healing journey. Recovery for everyone may look different depending on the type of mastectomy performed and due to the […]
What Are Fibrocystic Breasts
Fibrocystic breasts are composed of thick or lumpy tissue that may change the texture of the breast. The breast tissue may feel scar-like, firm, or rubbery and be noticeable through the skin. While this may sound frightening, it is actually quite common, with more than half of women experiencing fibrocystic changes in their lifetime. […]
Hormone Therapy For Breast Cancer
Forms of breast cancer that are hormone-receptor-positive require hormonal therapy to reduce the risk of further development or recurrence. Hormone therapy is most often used after surgery, but can be advised at any stage of cancer or treatment. There are several different hormonal therapy medications, and the right one will depend on your unique situation […]