Breast Health

Fibrocystic breast changes

Fibrocystic breast changes are very common, affecting about 85% of women. It is a benign condition, and is not associated with an increased risk for breast cancer. We show our patients how to examine their own breasts adequately so they are not alarmed unnecessarily by every finding, but can help them to recognize which types of lumps may require medical attention. We provide dietary guidelines and natural remedies for relief of the symptoms of fibrocystic breast condition.

Breast cancer

According to surveys amongst women, this is the illness they fear most. However mortality has dropped dramatically in the last decade. When the tumor is detected early and is localized to the breast tissue, the rate of cure is close to 95%. Women have become much more aware of the need to perform breast self-exams and seek medical attention when appropriate. Intensive research continues to develop new forms of early detection to complement mammograms and breast ultrasound exams, as well as more effective treatments once the diagnosis is made.

There are very successful treatments for most cases of breast cancer as well as important new developments in the areas of genetics, chemotherapy and targeted biological therapy that are all progressively improving the prognosis for patients.

Treatment guidelines at our center are determined by a multidisciplinary team including gynecologists, surgeons, radiologists, and oncologists in a fast and efficient way.

Detection of genetic risk for breast cancer

Specialized testing is now available to determine if a patient carries BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations to assess her individual risk for breast cancer. When these mutations are discovered, complete counseling is provided for further procedures depending on a patient´s individual and reproductive needs. Most patients who develop breast cancer however, do not have these gene mutations.

Digital Mammography (tomosynthesis) and Breast Ultrasound

These are very reliable methods for the early detection of breast cancer especially when used together. The first routine mammogram is usually recommended at 35 years of age. We assess the patient´s individual risk profile and family history to determine the most appropriate screening program.