Posts By: Brian Mattingly, M.D.

Preparing for your breast biopsy

When your doctor schedules you for a breast biopsy, it can create feelings of fear, worry, intimidation or stress. It is natural to be nervous about any medical procedure. However, as much as a breast biopsy helps to diagnose cancer, it also helps rule it out. Having a biopsy does not necessarily indicate a cancer…
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Types of breast biopsy procedures

There are several types of breast biopsy options available to patients. Fine needle aspiration biopsy and cyst aspiration Cyst aspiration and fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) use a very thin needle attached to a syringe to withdraw a small amount of fluid (cyst aspiration) or tissue (FNAB) from the suspicious area. After numbing the breast,…
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Let’s talk about breast cancer

Second to lung cancer, breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women. According to the American Cancer Society, there is a one in 38 chance that a woman will die from breast cancer each year. Breast cancer begins like any other cancer with cells beginning to grow out of control and…
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Reduce your risk – get to know your breasts

While breast self-exams are no longer officially a recommendation from the American Cancer Society, it’s important to know your breasts. How do they normally feel? How are they normally shaped? If you feel pain, does it come and go each month around the same time as your menstrual cycle? Or is it constant and always…
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What should I expect at my first mammogram?

You’ve hit age 40 and you’ve scheduled your first mammogram. What comes next? Before coming to your appointment, make sure you: Don’t wear deodorant or lotions. Many deodorants and lotions have metallic particles in them. Calcifications are an early sign of breast cancer and it can be hard to distinguish metallic particles from calcifications when…
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