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Myth: Mammograms are equally effective for all women

Myth: Mammograms are equally effective for all women.

Fact: Up to 50% of small cancers may not be visible on the screening mammogram.

Although the screening mammogram has been highly effective in terms of early detection of breast cancer, it is not without its limitations. A recently published study in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) demonstrated that screening mammography has a 47 percent cancer false negative rate in women with dense breasts. This means that up to 47% of cancers may not be seen on the mammogram. Other recent studies demonstrated that women with dense breast tissue have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, which some […]

By | July 9, 2017|Categories: Breast Cancer Screening, Breast Conditions, Cancer Research|0 Comments

Breast Cancer Risk Reduction

A recent report by Carlo La Vecchia, head of the department of epidemiology at the University of Milan, indicated that if women were to eat less and exercise more, their risk of developing breast cancer would be reduced by as much as 30 percent. Their findings, which are in general agreement with multiple other studies, indicate that regular, vigorous exercise and maintenance of normal weight are associated with significant reduction in the risk of developing breast cancer. This is a very important finding and deserves the attention it is receiving.  It is common for both physicians and patients to blame cancer diagnoses on unavoidable influences, such as family history, or some yet to be identified environmental factor, such as DDT or Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR).

Thinking of breast cancer as a disease that may be influenced by our behavior is a positive way of dealing with the issue.  Since being a woman is the single biggest risk factor for developing breast cancer, and the average life­time risk for a woman is one in eight, all women should be aware of the things they can do to lower their  risk.  The […]

By | June 26, 2017|Categories: Breast Cancer, Breast Conditions, Breastlink Thrive|1 Comment

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema refers to abnormal and persistent swelling and can occur in the arms or legs. Lymphedema occurs when the flow of lymph fluid is obstructed. This condition is usually isolated to a single arm or leg, although it can present itself on multiple limbs. […]

By | September 28, 2015|Categories: Breast Conditions|0 Comments

What is Lobular Breast Cancer?

When patients are diagnosed with breast cancer or other breast conditions, they may not always understand the terms used. There are several different kinds of breast cancer in addition to various other health conditions affecting the breasts. To better understand their breast health and to inform health care decisions, women should familiarize themselves with the anatomy of the breast and some breast-related health care terms.

Anatomy of the Breast

The female breast is mostly composed of adipose tissue, a type of connective tissue made up of fat cells. A network of lobes, lobules and ducts run through each breast. There are normally between 12 and 20 lobes within each breast and each […]

By | September 7, 2015|Categories: Breast Cancer, Breast Conditions|0 Comments

Do Breast Density Laws Improve Public Knowledge?

It is essential that women and their physicians understand how breast density affects breast cancer risk and screening. As of December 2014, 18 states had passed breast density laws to help improve public knowledge surrounding breast density by requiring radiologists to inform patients when mammography reveals dense breast tissue.

Despite these developments, several recent surveys suggest that neither patients nor physicians fully understand the relationship between dense breast tissue, breast cancer risk, and breast cancer screening.

Patient Knowledge Regarding Breast Density

Public awareness campaigns to promote mammography screening have been effective and a significant reason breast cancer mortality has fallen over the past several years. In a survey conducted by the Working Mother […]

By | January 26, 2015|Categories: Breast Cancer Screening, Breast Conditions|Tags: |0 Comments

What is Dense Breast Tissue?

In early 2013, the state of California required medical imaging centers to inform women if they have dense breast tissue, as revealed in a screening mammogram. Since then, many of our patients have asked me what is dense breast tissue?
Orange County Breast Center | Dr. June Chen
To help women better understand breast density, I recently participated in a question and answer format for an Asian-American media outlet. Please find a summary of the exchange below. What breast imaging topics would you like me to discuss in my next blog post?

What is Dense Breast Tissue?

“Dense breasts are not uncommon. Breasts are composed of fibroglandular […]

By | August 26, 2014|Categories: Breast Conditions|Tags: , |1 Comment

The Importance of Informing Women About Dense Breast Tissue

Across the country, more and more women will be informed when mammography reveals dense breast tissue – and that’s a good thing.

Extremely Dense Breast Tissue | OCMA Talk Orange CountyRhode Island recently joined California and 16 other states with the passage of a breast density inform law requiring radiologists to inform women when screening mammography reveals dense breast tissue. It has been a little more than one year since California’s own breast density inform law went into effect and it is worth taking a moment to remember why it is important to make women aware if they have dense breast tissue.

A Brief […]

By | June 24, 2014|Categories: Breast Conditions|13 Comments

What are Dense Breasts?

What are dense breasts? Women are increasingly asking this question as the topic of breast density receives attention from the media, state legislatures and Congress.

On April 1, 2013 California became the fifth state to require imaging centers to notify women if they have dense breast tissue (as revealed in a screening mammogram). Approximately 50 percent of women who get a screening mammogram now receive a mammography report indicating they have dense breast tissue. Mammography reports for patients with dense breast tissue will also relay that it may be more difficult to detect potentially cancerous lesions in their screening mammogram.

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By | June 5, 2013|Categories: Breast Conditions|Tags: |0 Comments

Dr. Lisa Curcio on Lymphedema after Breast Cancer Surgery

Lymphedema after breast cancer surgery is a concern shared by many patients. Dr. Lisa Curcio, a breast care specialist and surgeon at the Advanced Breast Care at Breastlink – Saddleback, discussed lymphedema conditions, symptoms and treatments with LymphConnect.com in a 3:36 video.

Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Surgery

Lymphedema after breast cancer surgery is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the arm following the removal of the under arm (axillary) lymph nodes. Symptoms may become evident days, months or sometimes even years after a breast cancer surgery.

As Dr. Curcio explains in the video “the symptoms can be very subtle. Often, it is asymptomatic, swelling of the arm. It is often not noticed […]

By | May 8, 2013|Categories: Breast Conditions, Breast Surgery, Dr. Lisa Curcio|Tags: |0 Comments

Breast Density Cancer Risk Talk at Del Webb-Sun City

Breastlink Rancho Mirage Breast Density Cancer Risk Talk at Del Webb – Sun City

Janet Ihde, M.D., David Conston, M.D., Ali Esmaili, M.D. And Wade Smith, M.D. to Discuss the New California Breast Density Notification Law.

PALM DESERT, Calif. and RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., April 29, 2013 – Breastlink of Rancho Mirage, a comprehensive breast health center operated by a wholly-owned subsidiary of RadNet, Inc., which manages a network of outpatient imaging and comprehensive cancer treatment centers, announced it will provide a free, public seminar about the new California breast density notification law at Del Webb – Sun City on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 pm. The event, which will talk about a […]

By | April 29, 2013|Categories: Breast Cancer Risks, Breast Conditions, Press Releases|Tags: |0 Comments
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