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 […]

Managing Breast Cancer Treatment

If you are diagnosed with Breast Cancer, there are many treatment options available to you such as surgery, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. Because these treatments are strong enough to fight off and kill cancerous cells, they will likely cause different side effects throughout the body. These side effects may last for the duration of treatment […]

Breast Cancer During Pregnancy

Learning you have been diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant can be surprising, scary, and stressful. Because of changes to a woman’s body during pregnancy, detecting breast cancer can be complicated. Thickening of the breasts makes it harder to spot smaller lumps, resulting in diagnosis only after the disease has already progressed. Because of this, […]

Breast Cancer Recurrence

Breast cancer treatment aims to eliminate all cancerous cells, however, there is always a risk of recurrence. Breast cancer recurrence occurs when undetected or new cancerous cells begin to multiply after an initial treatment has been completed. It can take months, or even years, for recurrent breast cancer to surface. While learning you have recurrent […]

Non-cancerous Breast Conditions

Finding a lump on your breast can be a frightening experience, however, it is important to remember that not all lumps are cancerous. Non-cancerous, also known as benign, breast conditions refer to abnormal changes in the breast, such as cysts, discharge, or other irritations that are non-life threatening. While they may not pose an immediate […]

Warning Signs of Breast Cancer

The warning signs and symptoms of breast cancer can vary from woman to woman, so it is crucial to become familiar with how your own breasts normally look and feel. In addition to your annual screening mammograms, you should try to do a monthly breast self-examination to maintain peak breast health. Unfortunately, some mammograms may […]

How Exercise Helps Prevent Breast Cancer

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, studies have shown that engaging in physical activity can help lower the risk of breast cancer in women. Researchers believe physical activity plays an integral role in women maintaining a healthy weight, which helps prevent obesity, reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. All of these factors […]

Are you worried that you are at risk for breast cancer?

Women in America have a 12% chance of a breast cancer diagnosis sometime within their lifetime. While women shouldn’t let the fear of cancer consume their lives, they should remain aware of the very real possibility. There are a variety of risk factors that can lead to breast cancer that women can and cannot control, […]