Obviously if you find a breast abnormality, whether it is a breast lump, changes in the skin thickness or texture of the breast or a nipple discharge it is an extremely worrying time for all concerned. The main anxiety for most women, and indeed men, is that it is breast cancer.
However, most breast abnormalities do turn out to be benign (non-cancerous) so it is worth getting yourself checked out as soon as possible with a physician. Even if the diagnosis is cancer, the earlier it is diagnosed and treated, the better the prognosis, so don’t delay.
This site is aimed at sharing information on some breast abnormalities. Having information on some of the more common breast abnormalities and their likely diagnosis can often alleviate fears and anxiety. You will have more of an idea of what to look out for because forewarned is forearmed, as they say.
This site gives some research-based information on a whole host of breast abnormalities from lumps and bumps to nipple discharge.
Information Pages :
- Breast cancer chemoprevention with tamoxifen and other agents
- Chemoprevention in breast cancer
- Nonpalpable breast lesions – Diagnostic Sequence
- Nonpalpable breast lesions – Histological study and management
- Nonpalpable breast lesions – Detection through images
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Nipple Discharge
- Nipple discharge in men
- Nipple discharge – the facts
- Nipple Discharge
- Mammary microcalcifications: Evaluation and management
Personal Story of a gynecologist
Jason Parma writes:
I always dreamt of becoming an obstetrician. Well, I am now in the fourth year of my obstetrics and gynecology residency at Johns Hopkins and soon I will be doing what I love most. But before that, let me tell you about my background.
My father is an author and my mother, a high school language teacher. My family have always valued writing and languages which proved a bit of a problem for me when I decided that I wanted to become a doctor instead of an English major. It was an uphill task fighting this generation-long tradition but my good grades gave me leverage and my parents finally gave in.
I just want to mention something about my father. He is an author on weight loss and other kinds of self help books and also was a bit of a fitness guru who exercised every day. During my years at home, I would run every day with father, for his weight loss research and to give him moral support. I liked my father a lot, but I think he distrusted mainstream medicine.
It’s important to know, that I first learned about breast cancer whilst I was at junior high school. My aunt had an invasive ductal carcinoma, and she was lucky that it was diagnosed in its early stages. Obviously, it was a serious topic of discussion in my home and it reinforced my desire to become a doctor.
In those junior school years long ago, some students, including myself, volunteered to help at a number of breast cancer awareness charity events, once a year. Initially, I never appreciated the broad scope of the topic of cancer, but as time passed, I started to feel some connection.
I remember a lady I met at the school, who I later found out was a gynecologist herself, was very encouraging. I asked her a lot of questions and she was amazed that such comprehensive questions could come from a junior school kid. She made me feel proud for showing an interest in female reproductive health and that is where it all started. It also earned me the nickname “gynecology boy” and right there I knew that this is what I wanted to do in my career. (I don’t think it was a very good nickname).
By my high school years, I knew that I had to get very high grades so I became a high achieving student who studied … A LOT. I would spend hours in the library and eventually did very well and was accepted into university. Naturally, I went into the pre-med stream and did very well there too. Hard work, not fun.
Being accepted into Medical School, was such a relief. As you know, competition is very intense. Medical School is brutal. Lets skip past that, except to say, that I did find and apply for an OB/GYN residency.
By the way, Ob/Gyn’s are sometimes the first doctors that a woman consults when she finds a breast lump or has any other abnormal symptoms. I knew that I had to know the topic extremely well and I have invested a lot of time, learning not only the diagnostic aspects, but also the surgical management and treatment options as well.
What started out as childhood dream is finally reality to me. In less than a year I will be a licensed obstetrician, and hope to start my career in the same hospital where I trained. My parents are proud of my career and they have been supportive in every way possible. I always think this was the best thing that ever happened in my life.
A Little bit of history about the site
From 1998 to 2004 this site was in Spanish and shared information about Gynecology and Obstetrics. Specialists were invited to publish their scholarly articles on these subjects after they had been reviewed and approved by university level teachers. Sadly, after 2004 the domain became inactive for a few years. In 2012 some new information was added to the domain which unfortunately expired in 2014.
But do not worry, this domain has been acquired by Dr. Halls and will be used to share technical information about gynecology and obstetrics. We will begin with the recovery of the old information published on this site from 1998. Joining us on this exciting escapade will be Moose who hopefully, will provide a few laughs and smiles alongside some very informative articles on gynecology and obstetrics.
– Español –
Durante los años de 1998 hasta el 2004 este sitio compartió información sobre ginecología y obstetricia en español, en donde los especialistas eran invitados a publicar sus artículos después de ser revisados y aprobados por profesores universitarios en el área. Tristemente, después del 2004 el dominio permaneció inactivo durante algunos años. En el 2012, algo de nueva información fue agregada, hasta que desafortunadamente en el 2014 este dominio expiró.
Pero no hay de que preocuparse, este dominio ha sido adquirido por el Dr. Halls y será utilizado para compartir información técnica sobre ginecología y obstetricia. Empezaremos con la recuperación de la información antigua publicada en este sitio a partir de 1998. Se unirá a esta excitante aventura el Moose (Alce) quien con algo de suerte nos hará reir junto con algunos artículos muy informativos acerca de ginecología y obstetricia
Páginas de Información :
- Quimioprevención en cáncer de mama con tamoxifeno y otros agentes
- Quimioprevención en el cáncer de mama
- Lesiones mamarias no palpables – Secuencia diagnóstica
- Lesiones mamarias no palpables – Estudio histológico y manejo
- Lesiones mamarias no palpables – Detección por imágenes
- Diagnóstico y tratamiento para los derrames por pezón
- Derrame por pezón masculino
- Derrame por pezón – los datos
- Microcalcificaciones Mamarias: Evaluación y manejo