BWMC genetic counselor helps patients fight breast cancer

BWMC genetic counselor helps patients fight breast cancer

"When it affects a family as much as it has mine you feel you have to do something". If you have firm breasts, it does not mean you have dense breasts.

Dale hopes that breast density screening initiatives will expand to the rest of the country because there are no grounds for "withholding lifesaving information for women". It is estimated that approximately 30 percent of newly diagnosed cancers in women this year will be breast cancers.

Up to 50 percent of middle aged women in the USA have dense breasts. Yet there have been instances where mammograms of older women in menopause indicate dense breasts as well. These women have a four to five-time greater risk of developing breast cancer than women with less dense breasts because breast cancer can be more hard to diagnose in these patients.

Breast density is one of several risk factors but is not a major cancer risk factor compared with other commonly recognized risk factors such as age or family history of breast cancer.

The project is led by Dr. Linda Vahdat, who serves as chief of medical oncology and clinical director of cancer services at Norwalk Hospital and breast medical oncologist at MSK.

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He said recent reports indicate that breast cancer makes up 25 per cent of all new cancers diagnosed in women globally; with about 2.1 million new cases diagnosed annually worldwide. Breast cancer can occur in women with all levels of density.

This is why we are studying other breast imaging methods such as digital breast tomosynthesis, MRI and ultrasound to find the cancers that a mammogram can miss. When combined with a digital mammogram, it detects cancers that may have been missed. This decreases unnecessary biopsies and also anxiety. Younger women also have a higher mortality rate when it comes to breast cancer and the risk of metastatic recurrence is higher.

The store is hosting a pink pop-up zoo on Saturday after customers were asked to bring in their unusual pets, featuring a tarantula, quail, axolotl fish and many more. The same is true for ultrasounds. Check both breasts each month and feel for any lump, thickening or hardened knot.

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