Breast Health Blog

What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

Posted by Alexis Smith, DO on Nov 24, 2015 2:27:27 PM



Since inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and aggressive type of breast cancer, many people don't catch the symptoms quick enough.

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Topics: breast cancer

Breast Cancer Stages and What They Mean for Treatment Options

Posted by Kara O'Karma, D.O. on Jul 17, 2015 10:31:55 AM


If an abnormal area shows up on your mammogram, you may need to have more x-rays or a biopsy. A biopsy is the only way to tell for sure if cancer is present. Once the biopsy results have been analyzed, the stage of breast cancer can be determined in order to plan the best treatment.

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Topics: breast cancer stages

Tumor Grades and Treatment Plans for Breast Cancer

Posted by Patrick Macedonia, MD on Jul 10, 2015 9:59:55 AM


A tumor is a mass of abnormal tissue. There are two types of breast cancer tumors

  1. Benign:  Non-cancerous
  2. Malignant:  Cancerous

Tumor grades help to determine the best treatment plan for breast cancer.

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Topics: treatment plans, tumor grade

What Mammogram Options are Available to Me?

Posted by Narong Chinakarn, M.D. on Jul 2, 2015 4:05:23 PM


Mammograms allow the doctor to have a closer look for breast lumps and changes in breast tissue. Mammograms can show small lumps or growths that a doctor or woman may not be able to feel when doing a clinical or self-breast exam. When reading a mammogram, doctors look for abnormalities, as well as changes from previous mammograms.

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Topics: annual mammograms, early detection

Can Early Detection of Breast Cancer Really Save My Life?

Posted by Alexis Smith, DO on May 21, 2015 10:32:00 AM


Did you know that Jefferson County has the highest rate of cancer in Ohio?  Did you also know that Brooke and Hancock county have the highest rate of cancer in West Virginia?  In our area and surrounding areas, cancer is all around us--we can't overlook it.  So what measures can YOU take to prevent yourself from getting this costly disease?

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Topics: annual mammograms, self breast examination, early detection

3 Main Treatment Options for Breast Cancer

Posted by Trinity Health System on Apr 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM


                                                  I've been diagnosed with breast cancer.

For most patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, their number one fear is what the treatment options are going to be.

Am I going to lose my hair? Am I going to lose my breast?  

As a doctor, being able to tell you it's not going to be as bad as you think it is, helps ease that fear.  You may lose your hair, and you may lose your breast, but you WILL get through it, and more importantly, you WILL survive.


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Topics: treatment options

Surviving Breast Cancer

Posted by Cynthia Gray, MD on Mar 23, 2015 2:48:00 PM


Diagnosed with Breast Cancer?

The surreal moments that follow a breast cancer diagnosis are often punctuated with the question, “Can I survive this?" 

While the emotional shock and fear can cast a mental fog and lead one to fear the worst, the answer to that question is most often a resounding, “Yes you can."

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Topics: surviving breast cancer, survival rate

Self Breast Examination is a Key to Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Posted by Alexis Smith, DO on Mar 12, 2015 6:27:00 PM



Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.  Early detection of breast cancer significantly increases a woman's chances of surviving the disease.

Mammograms and clinical breast exams are two of the three tools women have available to detect cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. The third tool is self breast examinations.

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Topics: self breast examination, early detection

Where Can I Get a Mammogram in Steubenville, Ohio?

Posted by Alexis Smith, DO on Feb 27, 2015 2:09:00 PM



“Time matters. The quicker we can get to you, the earlier we see you, the better off you are.”  

--Alexis Smith, DO, Trinity Health System

Everyone knows a woman whose life has been saved because she got a mammogram.  Because of the ability to detect breast cancer at an early stage through mammograms, we are able to successfully treat the vast majority of cases.  Early detection of breast cancer is crucial.

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Topics: annual mammograms, early detection