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?
Would this proven fact motivate you to work harder to achieve your fitness goals or to take the initiative to begin setting goals for yourself if you have not done so yet?
It is a well-known fact that frequent physical exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight are highly beneficial to all aspects of a woman’s health. One of the most critical and fascinating benefits of leading an active lifestyle is that it has the potential to reduce the risk of developing cancers that are linked to excess body fat.
Did you know that breast cancer is one of the top 10 cancers that are proven to be associated with being overweight?
Regular exercise has been recognized as a critical component in the overall reduction of breast cancer risk due to its ability to contribute to maintaining a healthy weight, as well as regulating insulin and estrogen (the two major hormone levels that contribute to breast cancer risk and directly correlate with an increase in excess body fat). Further, being physically active significantly reduces inflammation markers and boosts the body’s immune system- which can help kill or slow the growth of cancer cells.
Extensive, clinical research studies conducted to determine the relationship between breast cancer risk and physical activity have revealed that both pre and post-menopausal woman who are physically active have a 20% reduced risk of developing breast cancer compared to women who lead a sedentary lifestyle.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women set a weekly goal of 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75-150 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise for optimal breast cancer risk reduction.
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?”
Did you know that the only method that is in accordance with the national protocol for the provision of the highest standard of care is for a radiologist to read mammography images by means of comparison with prior breast imaging?
The radiologist will request that you provide all breast imaging performed in the past 10 years as this information will be used as a comparison to enable the radiologist to determine if any changes in tissue have occurred between years, which will ensure the most accurate interpretation.
Below are 5 evidence-based reasons why providing prior breast imaging to your new breast center is necessary (Yes, even if you have always had “normal” mammogram results”).
- To provide the radiologist with a comprehensive understanding of your breast history and any procedures that may have altered your breast tissue, including: breast biopsies, surgery or radiation.
- To determine whether a change has occurred in your breast tissue since your last mammogram: The radiologist will conduct a side-by-side comparison of new imaging performed and previous imaging to detect changes. Changes in breast tissue from year to year will prompt the radiologist to order further diagnostic studies to rule out whether or not a new finding is suspicious for malignancy and to provide the most accurate diagnosis.
- To reduce call-backs and unnecessary diagnostic workups- Discoveries of abnormalities determined to be benign in the past, with no evidence provided to your new radiologist may result in unnecessary additional testing or a call-back to the facility to rule out a previously determined benign finding. Without prior imaging, it is impossible to determine whether findings are a natural part of your pattern of breast tissue or if they have recently developed.
- To determine whether or not previous findings (calcifications, cysts, fibroadenomas, etc) have remained stable through the years or have increased/decreased in size.
- In order to receive same-day results from our on-site radiologists, previous imaging must be provided PRIOR to the patient’s exam date. If a patient does not provide previous breast imaging, new imaging will be held aside for the radiologist to read upon receiving the patient’s prior imaging.
You may be wondering, “What if this is my first mammogram?” If you have never had a mammogram before, but have had other breast related imaging studies performed in the past 10 years, you must provide your new breast center with the records.
If you have never had ANY breast-related studies, you will not have anything to provide your new breast center with. The new images taken will be considered a baseline and will be used as a comparison for all future breast imaging studies that you undergo throughout your lifetime.
Are you looking to make a switch to a new breast center for your next mammogram?
Be sure to obtain your prior breast imaging records and call our office at 732-741-9595 to schedule your next appointment with us!
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 your physician, who will perform a clinical breast exam to rule out any abnormalities in your breast tissue and axillary regions. Your physician will decide whether or not it is necessary for you to have any imaging studies performed, such as a diagnostic mammogram or an ultrasound.
Step 3: If your physician orders a breast imaging study, call Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace and we will happily schedule your appointment in an expedited fashion. A mammogram or ultrasound will determine whether the lump is solid or fluid-filled and will provide the exact size dimensions and characterizations of the lump, which will allow for an accurate diagnosis. At Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace, our staff members are dedicated to the provision of exceptional patient care, creating the most stress-free breast imaging experience. Our facility utilizes the most advanced diagnostic imaging services and provides every patient with same-day results at the termination of the exam from our on-site breast images.
Please call our office at 732-741-9595 to schedule your appointment.
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 prioritizing your breast health once again!
The American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging recommend that all women, beginning at age 40 (or younger, if considered high risk) undergo a yearly mammography screening to ensure the detection of breast cancer at its earliest, most curable stage. Contrary to popular belief, there is no age that women should stop receiving annual mammograms, as breast cancer risk increases with age.
1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. According to the American Cancer Society, since its inception in 1980, annual mammography screenings have been credited for reducing breast cancer-related deaths by 30% and have improved the overall cancer detection rate by 50%.
There are numerous common reasons why women stop undergoing routine mammograms, which include but are not limited to: a hectic everyday schedule, anxiety concerning the exam, discrediting the need for a mammogram due to lack of family history, and fear of radiation exposure.
Are you someone who struggles to find the proper reasoning and motivation to receive a yearly mammogram?
Don’t worry, we do not judge. Let our team at Red Bank Radiologists: Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace provide you with evidence-based encouragement to schedule your appointment today.
A 3D mammogram is the single, proven tool in detecting breast cancer at its earliest, most curable stage. The technology of a 3D mammogram is so advanced that it detects abnormalities in breast tissue before a lump can be felt and before appearance-related abnormalities can be seen. Mammography is the only screening method that can detect changes as minuscule as a grain of sand, (approximately 5 years before a lump can be felt). With early detection by means of mammography, the 5-year breast cancer survival and cure rate is 99%.
In contrast to what many women believe, family history is just 1 out of the numerous risk factors that are taken into consideration when determining whether or not a woman is considered high risk. Approximately 85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. Therefore, it is just as crucial for a woman who does not have a family history of breast cancer to adhere to a strict annual mammography screening schedule as it is for a woman who does have a family history.
Many women are concerned with the risks of radiation exposure from a mammogram. While it is true that a 3D mammogram does expose women to a very low dose of radiation, the exposure is so small that the benefits of receiving the exam far outweigh the risks of exposure to radiation.
Many women discontinue undergoing annual mammograms to avoid the anxiety of an abnormal finding. These women While it is normal to fear the discovery of an abnormal finding on your mammogram, never allow the fear of uncertainty to be the reason to discourage you from having a mammogram. Further, if an abnormal finding is discovered, keep in mind that 8 out of 10 breast lumps are not cancerous. Early detection is the best prevention. Should any abnormalities be discovered, the earlier that they are detected, the more treatable they will be. Additionally, Red Bank Radiologists: Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace offers patients same-day results from our on-site Board Certified radiologists. Should an abnormality be detected on a patient’s screening mammography, we will perform additional testing immediately following the mammogram to provide the most stress-free experience.
Are you ready to get back on track with your mammography screening? Call our office to schedule your appointment today! 732-741-9595
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 20 and older to begin practicing monthly breast-self examinations to ensure that they become familiarized with how their breasts normally look and feel.
Any changes to the look or feel of a woman’s breast tissue that are discovered during her monthly breast-self exam must be discussed with her physician. It is important to note that if you do discover changes to your breast tissue, it is not a cause for panic. There are many benign breast conditions that can cause changes in breast tissue. It is also crucial to note that a breast-self exam is not a substitute for routine mammography screenings due to the fact that 3D mammography is the only tool that can detect breast cancer at its earliest, most curable stage-before a lump can be felt. In addition, Breast-Self examinations should never replace a yearly clinical breast exam performed by a healthcare provider. Women should practice a monthly breast-self examination as a screening tool that is supplemental to clinical screening exams.
The following are the top 3 evidence based reasons that all women should add breast- self examination to their monthly healthcare routine, if they have not done so already.
Reason # 1: Research has indicated that 40% of breast cancers are detected after a woman discovers a new lump during a self breast exam.
Reason #2: The size of nodules found during a self breast exam are 50% smaller than those found during a yearly clinical breast exam.
Reason # 3: Being familiar with the normal appearance and texture of her breast tissue allows a woman to be prompt to notice any changes that may occur between monthly exams.
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 before, during and after a mammogram. In fact, fear is the number one reason why women delay their routine mammography screenings.
According to the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging, there are several common fears that women associate with having a mammogram. These include, but are not limited to: anticipated feelings of pain/discomfort, fear of abnormal findings, and hesitancy to radiation exposure. Our compassionate patient care team at Little Silver Mammography and HerSpace take every action to diminish each patient’s fears, ensuring each patient remains at ease from the moment she walks into our office to the moment she receives her results from our on-site radiologist.
Have you let your “mammogram anxiety” prevent you from receiving this life-saving, yearly screening exam? Allow us to debunk the 3 most common fears that prevent women from scheduling a mammogram so that we can help you eliminate your “mammogram anxiety”.
Fear #1: Feelings of Pain/Discomfort
Many women perceive a mammogram as a dreadful procedure. Unfortunately, this bad rap has been passed down from generation to generation and has instilled a preconceived fear into women before they have personally experienced a mammogram for themselves.
While every woman can agree that a mammogram is not something to look forward to, your experience does not have to be an uncomfortable one.Your yearly trip to the breast center can be pleasant and rewarding. Contrary to popular belief, not all women experience pain/ discomfort during a mammogram, and any discomfort that may be felt is minor and brief.
If you have personally experienced a painful mammogram that has prevented you from continuing your annual exams, you will be happy to know that there are precautions that you can take to minimize your risk of experiencing pain, which include:
- Scheduling your mammogram opposite of your menstrual cycle schedule:
Women are advised to avoid scheduling a mammogram the week before or during their menstrual cycle. Scheduling your appointment accordingly will prevent you from having the exam when your breasts may be tender or swollen due to hormonal fluctuations related to your menstrual cycle.
- Cutting back on caffeine:
While not proven, research evidence has revealed that women who reduce caffeine intake 1 to 2 weeks prior to having a mammogram can reduce the possibility of pain and tenderness that are caused by fibrocystic breast changes.
- Consider Taking an NSAID Pain Reliever 1 Hour Prior to Your Appointment:
This may reduce inflammation that has the potential of increasing your likelihood of experiencing discomfort.
- Most Importantly, Communication with Your Technologist:
If you experience pain during your mammogram, never hesitate to let your technologist know. Our technologists at Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace are dedicated to maintaining clear communication with each patient, and are more than happy to work with you to ensure that you are comfortable every step of the way.
Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace utilizes the Hologic Genius 3D mammography machine. This machine was designed with patient comfort and satisfaction in mind, offering patients a maximum compression time of less than 4 seconds- which is the shortest compression time available- thus minimizing overall risk of discomfort.
Fear #2: Abnormal Findings: While it is normal to fear the discovery of an abnormal finding on your mammogram, never allow the fear of uncertainty to be the reason to discourage you from having a mammogram. Early detection is the best prevention. Should any abnormalities be discovered, the earlier that they are detected, the more treatable they will be.
Fear # 3: Hesitancy to Radiation Exposure: Many women are concerned with the risks of radiation exposure from a mammogram. While it is true that a 3D mammogram does expose you to a low dose of radiation, the exposure is so minuscule that the benefits of receiving the exam far outweigh the risks of exposure to radiation.
At Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace, our compassionate patient care team anticipates patient anxieties and takes every action to put patients at ease as each of our team members understands just how stressful a mammogram can be.
Every aspect of our spa-like facility has been designed with patient relaxation and comfort in mind to cultivate the most stress-free breast imaging experience possible. Our team desires each patient to leave our office feeling proud of herself for prioritizing her health, confident in the results of her exam, and with true satisfaction with the care that she received at our Breast Center.
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 the main areas of study in regard to the connection between caffeine intake and breast health has been to determine whether or not the consumption of caffeine has any correlation to fibrocystic breast disease.
Fibrocystic breast disease is a benign condition in which breasts are characterized by glandular tissue that has a lumpy and rope-like texture. Fibrocystic breasts can be diagnosed by a clinical breast exam as well as by mammography, ultrasound, and MRI Imaging. Fibrocystic breast disease is very common, affecting more than half of all women ages 20-50.
Many women with fibrocystic breasts experience pain, swelling, and tenderness. However, there are women who do not experience any symptoms at all.
Fibrocystic breast disease is caused by the breast tissue’s response to fluctuations in hormone levels, which is why fibrocystic breast changes tend to be more bothersome before your menstrual period, and why it is rare for postmenopausal women to experience changes unless they are undergoing hormone therapy.
According to Mayo Clinic, Most researchers and physicians have determined that caffeine is not a direct cause of fibrocystic changes in the breasts, but large amounts of caffeine can lead to changes in hormone levels that may affect the formation of breast cysts or cause breast pain.
Although caffeine may not be a cause of fibrocystic breasts, studies conducted in this area of research have determined that there is evidence that caffeine can exacerbate pain and tenderness associated with fibrocystic breasts. Many women find relief from pain, swelling, and a decrease in the size of breast lumps associated with fibrocystic breast disease after reducing their caffeine intake.
It is important for all women to conduct a monthly self-breast exam and to never dismiss a new lump, pain, or tenderness felt. If you discover any new changes during your self breast exam, do not delay a clinical breast examination by your physician. Although caffeine has the potential to worsen fibrocystic breast symptoms, never dismiss a new lump discovered or a new pain felt because you think it may be due to your caffeine intake.
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 can be significantly increased or decreased depending on lifestyle behaviors that are practiced. Most breast cancer risks (hereditary or life-style related) are affected by changes in estrogen and progesterone levels. There are numerous lifestyle practices that can cause fluctuations in a woman’s hormones and lead to an increase in estrogen exposure. Research studies indicate that increased estrogen exposure may lead to a significant increase in the risk of developing breast cancer.
Fortunately, women can take the following lifestyle-related factors into account to ensure that they are taking every possible precaution to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer.
- Leading an active lifestyle- It is a well-known fact that exercise has a positive impact on every aspect of women’s health. Therefore, it is not surprising that following the American Cancer Society’s standard physical activity recommendation for adults (150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity per week) will have a positive impact on reducing a woman’s breast cancer risk. In order to make a difference, it is recommended that a woman meets or exceeds an activity goal of 300 or more minutes/week.
Leading an active lifestyle can lower breast cancer risk in the following ways:
1. Contributing to a healthy weight.
2. Regulating hormones: Frequent physical activity has the capability of lowering insulin and estrogen levels, which are the two major hormones that contribute to breast cancer risk.
3. Boosting the body’s immune system, which can help kill or slow the growth of cancer cells.
- Limiting Alcohol Consumption– The amount of alcohol that a woman consumes is directly correlated with the percentage of increase in breast cancer risk. According to the American Cancer Society, Women who have 1 alcoholic drink a day have a 7% to 10% increase in risk compared to a woman’s risk who does not drink alcohol. Women who have 2 to 3 drinks a day have about a 20% higher risk than those who do not drink alcohol.
Alcohol consumption can increase a woman’s breast cancer risk in the following ways:1. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can lead to weight gain, which contributes to breast cancer risk.
2. Alcohol has the ability to alter the metabolization of estrogen in a woman’s body. Women who drink alcohol have higher estrogen levels than women who do not, which can lead to an increase in risk.
Women can safely enjoy alcoholic beverages in moderation. However, one must be sure not to allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages to become routine.
- Being classified as overweight or obese post-menopause- Being clinically overweight or obese at any age increases a woman’s risk for various cancers and diseases. However, obesity is especially dangerous for post-menopausal women due to the role of fat tissue in the production of estrogen.
There are two producers of estrogen in a woman’s body: the ovaries and fat. Pre-menopause, the ovaries are the main powerhouse of estrogen production. After menopause, estrogen production from the ovaries comes to a halt, and most of a woman’s estrogen is produced by fat tissue. The amount of fat tissue present and the amount of estrogen produced has a direct relationship. Therefore, the more fat tissue that a post-menopausal woman has, the higher her estrogen levels will be and the higher her risk of developing breast cancer.
- Hormone Therapy After Menopause: Many women who find their experience of menopause rather unbearable opt to undergo hormone therapy to alleviate their symptoms. Hormone therapy works by means of estrogen and progesterone. There are numerous forms of hormone therapy that range in dosage strength, medication form, and different combinations of hormones, each of which has its own potential risk factors of increasing a woman’s probability of developing breast cancer. Research has indicated that combination hormone replacement therapy may increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 75%. Hormone therapy that utilizes estrogen only may increase breast cancer risk if taken for 10 years or longer.
- Birth Control: A highly debated and controversial topic is whether or not the use of birth control contributes to an increase in a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
The use of birth control has long been a suspect of increasing breast cancer risk as a result of most birth control methods working by the use of hormones, which may over time increase the risk of breast cancer.
Countless expert researchers have conducted in-depth studies on this topic, but a definite answer on whether or not birth control increases a woman’s risk for breast cancer remains inconclusive, as many factors specific to the individual patient must be taken into consideration.
Recent research studies consider the duration of time a woman used birth control, age, and how long ago she began/stopped usage to be of direct correlation with an increase in breast cancer risk. It is recommended that every woman who is considering taking birth control has a discussion regarding the possible increased risk of breast cancer with her healthcare provider who can take into consideration his/her knowledge of the patient’s overall health.
- Reproductive History- Reproductive history has an effect on breast cancer risk due to the effect that pregnancy places on the number of menstrual cycles that a woman experiences throughout her lifetime.
Research has indicated that the following pregnancy-related factors have been associated with a reduced risk of developing breast cancer later in life:
1. Having a first full-term pregnancy at an early age.
2. Having more than one full-term pregnancy.
3. Having a history of preeclampsia.
Therefore, reproductive factors that may increase the risk of breast cancer include: Having no biological children, giving birth to your first child after age 30, and having children but opting to not breastfeed.
5. Breastfeeding- Breastfeeding for a prolonged period of time, (a year or longer) may reduce a woman’s breast cancer risk.
This is due to the fact that breastfeeding may lead to a temporary cessation of menstrual periods during the duration of time that a woman is actively breastfeeding, which decreases the total number of menstrual periods a woman experiences in her lifetime. As a result, women who breastfeed may have lower estrogen levels.
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 breast center.
Here is your checklist:
1. The center is accredited by the American College of Radiology.
2. The facility is up to date with the use of the latest biomedical technology equipment advancements.
3. The facility has board-certified radiologists, specializing in Breast Imaging.
4. The facility has a radiologist on-site to interpret your images and provide you with immediate results at the termination of your exam.
5. The facility has the capability of adding same-day additional imaging to avoid call-backs and performs breast imaging studies beyond screening mammograms, specifically: Diagnostic Mammography, Screening Breast Ultrasound, Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound, and Breast Biopsy.
Red Bank Radiologists- Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace is accredited by the American College of Radiology- specializing in 3D Mammography, Breast Ultrasound and Breast Biopsy. Our facility is equipped with the latest, cutting-edge technology, providing the highest quality images and same-day expert readings by our on-site board certified radiologists, who specialize in breast imaging.
To provide our patients with the most stress-free breast imaging experience, our radiologists take pride in providing our patients with same-day results at the termination of the exam. Our facility is more than just a mammography center- we are a comprehensive breast center. Should one of our radiologists determine that a patient who initially comes into our office for a screening mammogram requires further imaging, all additional diagnostic studies will be added on the same day during our daily designated diagnostic hours.
Additionally, Red Bank Radiologists-Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace participates with all health insurance companies.
Call our office at 732-741-9595 to schedule your appointment with us today!