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New Breast Cancer Data Fuels Debate on Screening Women Over the Age of 75

The last time the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) released guidelines on mammogram screenings it was 2016 and the recommendations created a great deal of controversy. For the most part, the debate has centered on when a women should start yearly mammogram screenings. While most experts have long held that women should begin screening at age 40, the USPSTF had suggested that women wait until they are 50 to begin and then, only get a mammogram every two years.

A recent study published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment brings into question the second half of the 5-year old USPSTF guidelines — when to stop screening mammograms. The recommendation from […]

By | May 12, 2021|Categories: Breast Cancer Screening|0 Comments

Make a Difference in the Life of the Man You Love

Did you know that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men? And yet, it is highly treatable if detected early. Likewise, Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH), affects about 50 percent of men between the ages of 51 and 60, and up to 90 percent of men older than 90.

Why are we talking about prostate disease on a platform that is usually dedicated to women’s issues? Most of us have important men in our lives – fathers, partners, sons, brothers, uncles and friends. Their health matters to us, and it affects us in some pretty significant ways.

There’s a lot we can do to help the men […]

By | May 5, 2021|Categories: Men's Health|0 Comments

New Year, New You

 

 

2020 has been rough for everyone, to say the least. While it is in the rearview mirror, we are still feeling its after effects.

The beginning of the year is typically the time when we all have ambitious New Year’s resolutions — until we abandon them at some point because we simply cannot keep up with them. I am one of those people. My past (failed) resolutions included learning a foreign language, losing weight, and exercising more. I no longer make resolutions because I realize they are unrealistic for me.

I do, however, think that the beginning of the year is a great time to reevaluate […]

By | March 6, 2021|Categories: The Doctor Is In|0 Comments

Cancer Doesn’t Stop for a Pandemic

According to several recent studies, a secondary health crisis seems to be on the rise in this country in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, one that may unfold over the next several months and even years. It’s not the after-effects of Covid-19 (although those also seem numerous and still vastly unknown), but a crisis caused by delays in essential healthcare screenings and management.

An article printed in The New York Times reported that nearly half of all American adults have skipped or delayed some kind of medical care since the beginning of Covid (Sep 11, 2020). And according to a company called Epic, which […]

By | October 16, 2020|Categories: Breast Cancer|0 Comments

Dr. Shawndeep Tung – helping women fight the battle against breast cancer on every level

If you walk into Dr. Shawndeep Tung’s office at Breastlink Orange, you can expect to come out with answers. Fellowship trained in Breast Surgical Oncology at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., Dr. Tung has cultivated a passion for helping women fight breast cancer and consistently advocates that patients be fully informed about their healthcare.
“My patients are fighting two battles: One with the cancer and one within their own minds,” Dr. Tung says. “My goal is to be able to provide a patient with as much information and support as possible, so when leaving my office they are less anxious and distraught than when they first walked in.”

Dr. Tung likes to […]

By | March 25, 2020|Categories: Breast Cancer|0 Comments

What’s the Deal with Breast Self Exam’s

Health organizations drop recommendations for Breast Self-Exams and instead promote Breast Self Awareness.

For over 70 years health care professionals have been advising women to perform regular breast self-exams as a critical screening tool for breast cancer detection. Recently however, there have been conflicting recommendations, leaving patients confused about the whole matter.

According to Circuelle Foundation, a Florida-based breast health education group, breast self-exams were first introduced to women in the U.S. in 1930. The American Cancer Society (ACS) launched an awareness campaign in 1947, “Look for a Lump or Thickening in the Breast.”

In 1960 the ACS and National Cancer Institute were behind a major push to increase early detection, releasing a […]

By | November 1, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

FDA Calls for Recall on Textured Breast Implants

Last month, Allergen issued a world-wide recall on their textured breast implants. This followed a discovery by the FDA of a direct link between the implants and a rare type of cancer. According to FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy, Allergen’s textured implants “appeared to be directly linked to significant patient harm, including death.”

While the link between the textured implants and cancer was first identified in 2011, it was only recently that there has been a significant increase in known cases of Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), according to the FDA. This is not a type of breast cancer, but a cancer that affects the immune system. Slow […]

By | August 13, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Breastlink Tests New Optoacoustic Imaging Machine

Breastlink Women’s Imaging Temecula recently participated in a clinical trial that tested a cancer screening machine designed to differentiate between benign and malignant breast tumors. The goal of the trial was to see whether the machine could reduce false positive diagnoses. It was conducted at 16 academic and private institutions across the nation. Dr. Tchaiko Parris, Director of Breast Imaging at Breastlink Temecula, oversaw the majority of the testing in Southern California. Results of the trial were published in Radiology, a leading medical journal, and will likely have a major impact on the future of cancer screening and diagnosis.

Breastlink Clinical Trials

Breastlink is heavily involved in medical […]

By | July 5, 2018|Categories: Breast Imaging, Media|0 Comments

Breast Cancer Myths. Fact or Fiction?

Modern technology has made it easy for women to find information about breast cancer. Unfortunately, it has also made it easier for them to be misled. Myths are often circulated and popularized online, distorting women’s understanding of breast cancer. Here are 10 common breast cancer myths and the truth about them.

Myth No.1: Deodorant Causes Breast Cancer

This myth is based on flawed studies about two common ingredients in deodorants and antiperspirants: aluminum and parabens. Aluminum is used to block sweat glands and by doing so, some people worried it could prevent the release of toxins and potentially damagebreast tissue and estrogen receptors around the armpits. However, the body does not expel […]

Breast cancer causes the West family to evaluate everything

The West family has dedicated their lives to Breast Health Awareness and to Breast Cancer Treatment, but even they were rocked by a cancer diagnosis.

Dr. John West, Director of Surgery at Breastlink Orange, has treated thousands of patients, written numerous peer-reviewed articles, founded the Breast Health Awareness Foundation and authored the book “Prevent, Survive, Thrive.” His wife Jan is a registered nurse who has spent her life teaching women how to perform breast self-exams, and their son, Dr. Justin West, is Medical Director of Breast Reconstruction and Plastic Surgery at Breastlink.

When Jan was diagnosed with breast cancer, the family was forced to confront their own vulnerabilities and humanity. Read how […]

By | April 5, 2018|Categories: Breast Cancer|1 Comment
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