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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 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

Breastlink Tarzana Installs New GE Senographe Pristina 3D Mammography System

Breastlink Women’s Imaging Tarzana is excited to announce the installation of a new, state-of-the-art mammography machine: The Senographe Pristina. This 3D mammography system is designed around patient comfort. The Senographe Pristina also has gentle, rounded edges, which reduce discomfort, as well as soft armrests, rather than the traditional handgrips, easing muscle tension. These innovations have made mammograms noticeably more comfortable for patients.

Patient comfort is a key factor for achieving accurate mammograms. Relaxed patients move less while being x-rayed and that produces […]

By | November 21, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|0 Comments

OCMA selects four Breastlink doctors as Physicians of Excellence

Every year, the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) selects a small number of physicians for its Physicians of Excellence award. These physicians are ones who “go above and beyond in serving their profession and patients.” This year, OCMA has named four Breastlink doctors as Physicians of Excellence, a great honor: Dr. West has been at the forefront of breast cancer treatment for three decades. He founded Breastlink and pioneered the multidisciplinary approach we have used to save the lives of women across southern California. Dr. Curcio is an exemplary surgeon and a cancer survivor. She has used her unique experience as a patient to help her own patients prevent […]

By | February 19, 2017|Categories: Dr. Lisa Curcio, Media, Press Releases|4 Comments

Michelle’s Place Library Dedication to Dr. John West

On October 7th, Dr. John West held a signing for his new book Prevent, Survive, Thrive at Michelle’s Place in Temecula. Michelle’s Place is a cancer support center that provides support groups for cancer patients and offers financial assistance to women who need mammogram screenings. Michelle’s Place was founded by Marilyn and Bill Watson, in memory of their daughter Michelle Watson, who died of breast cancer when she was 26. Michelle died because her cancer was misdiagnosed. Dr. West dedicated his book to her. He hopes it will empower women to recognize breast cancer symptoms early, when the disease is easy to treat, and become advocates for their own health.

The […]

By | October 14, 2016|Categories: Media, Press Releases|1 Comment

Breast Implants, Breast Cancer & Mammograms

One of the biggest questions women ask when getting breast implants is, “Will breast implants raise my risk of breast cancer?” Fortunately, the answer is no. The chance of a woman developing breast cancer because of her breast implants is negligible. Until very recently, doctors believed the odds were actually zero, which is why the FDA declared them safe and effective in 2006. However, recent studies suggest they may play a small role in a very rare type of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). Doctors haven’t found a direct link, so if you’re considering breast implants, you shouldn’t be scared. No doctor is warning women not to […]

By | October 9, 2016|Categories: Breast Cancer Screening|0 Comments

How Yoga Helps Breast Cancer

It’s hard to stay active when you have breast cancer. Fatigue, distress, and nausea are just a few of the reasons why cancer patients give up exercise, has been shown to reduce chronic pain, boost energy, and even help reduce some medication-associated side effects. If you’re having trouble staying active, consider yoga. It’s a gentle exercise that can accommodate people of every age and condition. Pace and intensity can be adjusted to fit your physical needs, and studies have shown that cancer patients who practice yoga benefit in multiple ways.

How Yoga Helps Breast Cancer Patients

Indian priests known as Brahmans created yoga 5,000 years ago, as a way to strengthen the […]

By | October 9, 2016|Categories: Breast Cancer, Breastlink Thrive|0 Comments

Breastlink’s Women of Surgery Featured in SORBET Magazine

We’re honored Sorbet Magazine has decided to profile six of our Breastlink surgeons: Dr. Amy Bremner, Dr. Lisa Curcio, Dr. Hang Dang, Dr. Lisa E. Guerra, and Dr. Nimmi Kapoor. These women have worked tirelessly to help breast cancer patients across Orange County and southern California. Their work has saved the lives of hundreds of women and has been a great inspiration. Congratulations to all of you!

By | October 5, 2016|Categories: Media, Press Releases|0 Comments
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