JC Breast Care Center is making efforts to diagnosis breast cancer in its early stages. We offer our patients routine breast examinations, Mammogram, Breast Ultrasounds and education for early detection; the key to a cure.

There are some factors that may contribute to breast cancer and we would like to share them with you.

Diet:

There is no direct evidence that certain foods can cause breast cancer; however, it may play a leading roll. In certain parts of the world, like Asia, breast cancer incidences are very low. People from those countries who have lived in the United States over 20 years, incidence for breast cancer become the same as the people living in the US. Environment and diet may be a contributing factor of breast cancer.

Anticarcinogenic Foods; Oily fish, carrots, peppers, greens, ginger, seeds, nuts, mushrooms, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, garlic, beetroot and pulses.

I personally feel preservatives used to enhance foods also may be a contributing factor to breast cancer, since much more processed food have been introduced within the last 10 years and cancer incidence has increased.

The key to prevention is eating healthy, fresh foods; not processed.

Genetics:

Certain people have abnormal genetic mutation, such as BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. With 13 other genetic mutations which can increase your chance of breast cancer. If you have a family member or close relative that has been diagnosed with any type of cancer, please advice your healthcare provider so that genetic testing may be discussed.

Exercise and staying healthy is the key to living a health life. Although there is no evidence that smoking is directly associated with breast cancer, non-smoking patients have a greater advantage of fighting cancer.

JC Breast Center will provide the early detection by offering you the following:

Complete breast examinations yearly.

Annual mammogram; begin with a baseline at age 40 or sooner if clinically indicated.

High risk, irregular breast examination, breast pain, family history or close relative with breast cancer should have a mammogram starting at age 35 or sooner if clinically indicated.

We recommend a breast ultrasound with breast examination every 6 months for patients that are High risk or have a diagnosis of dense breast on Mammogram. Closely monitoring leads to early detection.

In certain cases an MRI can be helpful in detecting early breast cancer. If this situation arises your provider will discuss in detail with you.

Other common issues with breast cancer are nipple discharge; specifically bloody discharge, nipple retraction, breast pain, and feeling a lump on self breast examination.

 

MAMMOGRAMS

Our office offers you the same service that area hospital offers, but with the convenience of an office setting, same technician performing and radiologist reading each year, and you can incorporate it with your routine annual exam appointment.

Please click HERE to download our Mammogram History form to bring with you to your visit.

 

Meet Salma Mujcic, R.T. (RM), our Mammogram Technician

Salma completed her education at Broome Community College in Radiology Technology and furthered her education through The American Registry of Radiologic Technology to complete her mammogram license. Salma has over 6 year experience as a professional technician performing Mammograms and Bone Densitometry. Salma provides our patients with excellent care and compassion as well as educating them in breast care.

 

Mammogram:

A digital mammogram is a newer version of a routine mammogram. The only difference is that x-rays of each breast are obtained and viewed using computerized digital technology in the place of traditional film. Digital mammography allows radiologists to electronically manipulate the digital images, potentially saving patient from undergoing additional views and therefore additional radiation; these views are sometimes necessary to make a diagnosis.

Many cancers are too small or soft to be felt, but can be seen on a mammogram. That is why screening mammograms are so important. However, not all cancers behave in the same way. Mammograms do not detect ALL cancers.

Mammogram is considered the gold standard, but other tests are often used as an adjunct to mammography in diagnostic situations or for high-risk patients. Fortunately recent medical advances now allow us to perform mammograms at a very low x-ray dose.

The American cancer society recommends that women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.

Breast Ultrasound:

Breast ultrasound is done using a handheld unit call a transducer that is gently passed back and forth over the breast with slight pressure, while a computer turns the sound waves into an image of the tissue inside the breast. This resulting image is called a sonogram or ultrasound scan.

A breast ultrasound may be requested if her breast tissue is dense. (per mammogram results). New York State passed the Breast Density Inform Act in January 2013 requiring radiologists to inform patients of their breast density on their mammogram results and recommendation.

Ultrasound is unable to detect the earliest forms of breast cancer, particularly micro calcifications which are seen on a mammogram. Ultrasound compliments the mammogram and may provide additional information but is not a substitute for a mammogram.


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