Category: Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – SF Bay Area

October 22, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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If you understand how breast cancer usually spreads, then the emphasis on early detection becomes clear. The sooner breast cancer is detected, the smaller it is and the less likely it is to have spread. Small tumors found in the breast early can often be cured by simply excising them. Larger tumors will be more likely to require a mastectomy, but once the tumor has left the breast, surgery alone is not enough. Additional treatment is needed to kill the cells that have escaped. Unfortunately, the more cells that have escaped, the harder it is to cure breast cancer. The goal of breast cancer awareness and early detection is to find more tumor when they are small are treatable and prevent the larger tumor that cannot be cured.

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Breast Cancer Detection, Mastectomies and Amy Robach

November 23, 2013 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Amy Robach announced the results of her breast cancer surgery, and it seems she again made a wise and fortuitous decision. Amy elected to undergo bilateral mastectomies and immediate breast reconstruction to treat the breast cancer found on her very first screening mammogram performed short after her 40th birthday. As it turns out, this was not the only focus Breast Cancer in her breasts.

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Amy Robach, Screening Mammograms and Breast Cancer Detection

November 15, 2013 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Amy Robach decided to have a double mastectomy to cure her Breast Cancer and to reduce the risk of developing another Breast Cancer in the future. What started as an informational segment for Good Morning America has become a life extending turning point. The importance of Screening Mammography cannot be stressed enough. I cannot say it any better than Amy Robach did. “I got lucky by catching it early. I can only hope my story will … inspire every woman who hears it to get a mammogram, to take a self exam. No excuses. It is the difference between life and death.”

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ALCL Update – Breast Implants and Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma Update

December 03, 2011 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Earlier this year the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog reported an extremely unusual, but possible association between breast implants and a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma named Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma or ALCL. The tumor is extremely rare. Of the 5-10 million women with breast implants fewer than 100 cases have been identified. Literature reviews identified 34 unique cases, and as many as 75 cases may have been identified world wide. Because of the rare nature of the tumor, it is not clear what the association is, if any.

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