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Protect Your Health with Breast Cancer Screening

Released: 10/7/2016

WESTMED provides state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatments for breast cancer. Our Comprehensive Breast Center offers a full array of services to detect, diagnose and treat breast diseases and conditions quickly, accurately and compassionately. 

 

It can be very frightening for a woman to feel a breast lump or be told by her gynecologist about a lump being felt during a breast exam. The breast surgeons and staff at the Breast Center are all too aware of the anxiety this produces, and they do everything possible to see a patient within 48 hours of a call for an appointment.

 

 “We have a truly amazing team here at the WESTMED Comprehensive Breast Center that encompasses all of breast health care,” said Dr. Adora Fou, WESTMED breast surgeon, whose WESTMED breast surgeon colleagues are Drs. Lynn Josephson, Annie Oommen and Jacob Finkelstein.  “We have breast surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, pathologists and mid-level providers, who provide an unsurpassed environment of healing and support.”

 

Warning Signs

 

During “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” WESTMED’s Comprehensive Breast Center calls your attention to these warning signs of breast cancer that include:

 

·         A lump in the breast,

·         Dimpling of the breast, changes in the look or feel of the skin

·         Spontaneous nipple discharge.

·         A change in the size of the breast

 

If you have any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your OB/GYN immediately. If the radiologist detects an abnormality in a mammogram, an ultrasound or MRI may be ordered, depending on your individual risk factors. 

 

Quality Care on the Fast Track

 

“Our goal is to give a patient access to a breast surgeon on the same day as the abnormality is found in screening or exam,” says Dr. Fou.  Depending on a patient’s needs, the core biopsy for the tissue sampling may even be done at the same visit.

 

Dr. Fou explains, “When a screening detects lumps or abnormalities of the breast, a minimally invasive core biopsy is performed-- in a five to 10-minute procedure--to remove a small piece of tissue (using a hollow needle) to see whether the growth is benign or cancerous. Results can be reported in 24-48 hours thanks to our own pathology laboratory.” 

 

 “The majority of breast surgery cases are ambulatory, and we offer the convenience of our beautiful, state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center on the 1 Theall Road, Rye campus.”  

 

Recommended Screening Schedule

 

Screening can lower the death rate from breast cancer by one-third. The American
College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends annual screening mammography for women age 40 and older for earlier detection of breast cancer and an improved survival rate for affected women. 

 

Also, all women who are old enough to go to see a gynecologist should do a monthly breast self-exam. Check for new lumps, thickening, skin redness or other changes.

 

“Men who feel breast lumps should also seek a clinical evaluation,” says Dr. Fou. “ We commonly see men with breast masses that are not cancerous, but it is important for all breast lumps to be examined by a doctor.”

 

Our team of diagnostic radiologists for Breast Imaging, led by Dr. Rand Stack, allows results to be shared with patients at the time of their imaging appointment.  Dr. Stack says, “If a patient has an abnormal finding on her routine mammogram, it is our goal to investigate that finding before she leaves the Radiology Department.  Whether a patient requires additional spot views or a breast ultrasound exam, we strive to perform all tests during the same visit.  If these exams prove to be abnormal, I sit with the patient, explain the abnormality, and discuss the need for a biopsy.  In many cases, we are able to walk the patient directly to the breast surgery area to be seen by a breast surgeon.” 

 

In short, the multidisciplinary integration and coordination of WESTMED’s breast services results in the highest level of care for our patients available anywhere in the United States. With an ultimate goal being next-day diagnosis for a majority of patients, WESTMED’s Comprehensive Breast Center aims to keep the process of breast health as calm and discomfort-free as possible. 

 

Make An Appointment

 

For your mammogram appointment, call (914) 682-6430. 

 

For a list of locations and the hours, please click here.