The Fight Against Breast Cancer-SIMPLE, Breast Self Examination (BSE)

CLICK HERE TO VIEW SLIDE SHOW OF ADVANCED DIAGNOSES OF BREAST AND OTHER CANCERS

ADVANCE STAGE OF BREAST CANCER PROTUDING THROUGH SKIN

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A VIDEO DEMONSTRATION By DR. GATES

The statistics are widely known that millions of women and men, world-wide, die each year from breast cancer.  And, most of these deaths from breast cancer can be prevented. Unlike many other cancer-prone organs, breast and skin cancers can be detected early before advanced stages of the disease with routine and appropriate screenings.  Why? Because breast or skin lumps (abnormal growth) can be either seen or detected primarily by the patient. CDC-Report: “Black women have the highest breast cancer death rates of all racial and ethnic groups and are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women”;REFERENCE, CLICK HERE

A personal experience: A family member was seen by her doctor because of a palpable breast lump.  A mammogram was done and confirmed an abnormal breast lump.  A surgeon was consulted, and at which time he advised the family member to follow up in six (6) months with a second mammogram.  The family member sought a second opinion sooner, i.e. 3 months after the the mammogram findings, being advised, at that time, to undergo a simple procedure called, “Fine Needle Aspiration, FNA.” An FNA involves taking a tiny needle, smaller than one used to draw blood, connected to a syringe, then pressing the needle attached to the syringe directly into the breast lump or mass to withdraw cells to be analyzed under the microscope.  From start to  finish, this procedure takes about 10-15 minutes, typically performed at the doctor’s office (outside of hospital), and an accurate diagnosis of malignancy or cancer can be made while the patient is being evaluated at the same time. This is possible because cancerous cells of the breast have a different appearance under the microscope than normal breast cells that are NOT cancerous. The FNA demonstrated malignant (cancerous) breast ductal cells.  The family member was advised to undergo surgical removal of the breast cancer cells.  A simple lumpectomy was carried out with complete removal of the lump, confirming the presence of an invasive ductal carcinoma (an aggressive type of breast cancer), Nottingham Histological Grade II, T2N0M0-(Stage I).  The family member is alive and well, breast cancer free after nine (9) years, perhaps because she decided not to delay treatment of a palpable breast lump for six (6) months or more, that turned out to be CANCER.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE BREAST CANCER CELLS, and THE FNA PROCEDURE USED TO DIAGNOSE THE TUMOR

J Clin Oncol. 1991 Sep;9(9):1650-61.

Prognosis in T2N0M0 stage I breast carcinoma: a 20-year follow-up study.

Source

Department of Pathology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021.

Let’s talk strategy for how ALL women and men can prevent ADVANCED stages of  Breast Cancer:

1) Monthly Breast Self-Examination (BSE) and/or routine visit to a health-care provider

2) Annual mammogram after age 40 or sooner in certain high-risk female/male population

3) Prophylatic Bilateral Mastectomy in Genetically Positive High-Risk Patient (early, before age 40, familial death due to breast cancer)

4) Rapid Diagnostic Technique, such as Nipple-secretion-smear, Fine Needle Aspiration and/or Tru-cut needle Biopsy for any unresolved palpable lump detected during breast exam

5) Ultrasound-Guided, Needle-Localization biopsy of abnormal micro-calcification detected by Mammogram

6) Holding Health-Care Providers ACCOUNTABLE for delayed diagnosis and treatment for those who routinely visit a health-care provider and/or get annual mammograms, through second opinion/second review.

REMEMBER:

Breast Cancer detected while tumor size is less than ONE (1) cm almost invariably means high-rate (greater than 99%) Cure.