Category Archives: Breast Health

Mammograms – The Hundred Shades of Gray…

by Dixie Mills, MD The questions and answers around mammograms are muddy to say the least. The debate about their use can get quite heated and more emotional than one would think for a medical screening test. No one really gets up in arms about chest x-rays or blood draws. Unfortunately, the science around mammograms […]

What Do I Do If I Have An Abnormal Mammogram?

by Marcelle Pick OB/GYN NP Keep breathing Ask questions, gather information Find a support person to be with you Sometimes the films just don’t come out right and they need to repeat them. The three most common “things” that radiologists see in mammograms that they want “worked-up” are: A new nodule An asymmetric density — […]

Do I Have To Take Tamoxifen?

by Marcelle Pick OB/GYN NP This is one of the most common questions I am asked. I think it is because informed women now question it’s side effects. This pill, the most widely prescribed oral medication for breast cancer, has been studied in more trials than any other drug. However, the patent for Tamoxifen is […]

What Does It Mean If My Breasts Hurt?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP This question has intrigued me now for over 10 years. In fact when I was in Boston, a nutrition colleague and I wrote a large grant to identify causes and treatments. We also wanted to see if there was an association between women who had tender breasts and those that […]

What Do I Do If I Have A Breast Lump?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP First take a deep breath and keep breathing. Most women seem to find a breast lump just by chance or something draws them to it — an itch, a pull or a pain. The point of doing breast self exams is to know what is normal so that when you […]

What Do I Do If I’ve Been Diagnosed With Breast Cancer?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Again it is important to keep breathing! Find your support system. Realize that life has changed but not ended! A diagnosis of breast cancer is not a death sentence and it is not an emergency. A woman has time to find out as much as she wants to know about […]