A mammogram is a non-invasive screening procedure that can detect signs of breast cancer early before noticeable symptoms occur (such as a lump or a nipple discharge) – which is when it may be too late for successful treatment. Mammograms are considered the gold standard in breast cancer Read More
What You Should Know Before Your First Mammogram Appointment
Mammography is a specialized medical imaging technique that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine the breasts for abnormalities or growths indicative of cancer and other problems. Since it was first recommended by the American Cancer Society (ACS) in 1976, mammography has become the gold Read More
3D Mammogram: What to Expect at Your Appointment
The mammogram has been—and remains to be—the gold standard for breast cancer detection even with the existence of other screening methods, such as breast MRI and ultrasound. This is, in large part, due to the development of 3D mammography, which boasts a 41-percent increase in invasive breast cancer Read More
Mammogram Vs. Breast MRI: What’s the Difference?
Both mammography and breast MRI have played an important role in the prevention and detection of breast cancer-related deaths over the last few decades. However, it is important to note that they are different in many ways, each having its own advantages and limitations. Read on to get a basic Read More
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: How Do I Determine Which Cancer Treatment Center Is Right for Me?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—a health campaign that aims to shine a spotlight on the impact of breast cancer and the importance of early detection and prevention as well as to encourage women to be proactive about their breast health. At Intercoastal Medical Group, we are highly Read More
What Are Some Common Breast Cancer Symptoms I Should Be Aware Of?
Breast cancer is detectable, treatable, and beatable. The earlier breast cancer is caught, the better your chances are of achieving remission or even a cure. If breast cancer is left untreated, it can develop into malignancy and spread (metastasize) beyond the breast to other parts of the body. Read More
When a Lumpectomy Is Your Recommended Breast Surgery
If you have breast cancer, your oncology doctor may recommend that you have a lumpectomy. A lumpectomy is exactly what it sounds like, which is the removal of a lump of cancerous tissue – a surgery where your surgeon removes the tumor and not the full breast. A lumpectomy is much less invasive Read More
What You Need to Know About Breast Surgery
If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you need to make a decision about treatment – which usually involves breast surgery. The surgery that follows this diagnosis is either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. A lumpectomy, which is the removal of part of the breast, used to be the only option Read More
If I Have the Cancer Gene: Should I Consider Breast Surgery?
We all face choices and make decisions every day. Some are obviously bigger than others. Should I buy a house? Is now the time to start a family? When you are faced with a healthcare issue though, your choices may seem more overwhelming. Many women, for instance, who have inherited the BRCA 1 or Read More
Preparing for Breast Cancer Surgery
The early spring day revealed a flawless blue sky. Birds were happily chirping, hopping from branch to branch. Christina gazed out the window, waiting for her husband to drive around with the car and pick her up. Oddly enough, the world seemed quite happy to continue spinning on, even though for Read More