This site is all about abnormalities of the breasts, including breast lumps, bumps and cancer.
Breast Abnormalities, Lumps and Cancer
Any breast abnormality is extremely worrying for anybody. Common abnormal findings are:-
- Breast lump
- A nipple discharge
- Changes in the skin thickness or texture of the breast
Obviously, the major concern for most women, and indeed men, is that the abnormality is breast cancer.
Nonetheless, 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.
Most content on breast lumps and bumps uses information based on solid scientific research.
Here is a list of breast cancer and breast abnormalities:
- Breast cancer chemoprevention with tamoxifen and other agents
- Chemoprevention in breast cancer
- Non-palpable breast lesions – Diagnostic Sequence
- Nonpalpable breast lesions – Histological study and management
- Non-palpable breast lesions – Detection through images
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Nipple Discharge
- Nipple discharge in men
- The Facts about Nipple Discharge
- All About Nipple Discharge
- Mammary microcalcifications: Evaluation and management
Personal Story of a gynecologist
I always dreamt of becoming an obstetrician. Well, I am now in the fourth year of my obstetrics and gynecology residency at Johns Hopkins. 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. This 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.
Nevertheless, I just want to mention something about my father. He is an author on weight loss and other kinds of self help books. In addition, he is a bit of a fitness guru and exercises 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 think he distrusted mainstream medicine.
What is important to know about breast abnormalities and cancer
I first learned about breast cancer at junior high school. My aunt had an invasive ductal carcinoma. Luckily, the breast cancer was diagnosed in the early stages. Obviously, it was a serious topic of discussion in my home and 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.
In addition, I remember a lady I met at school who was a gynecologist herself. This doctor was very encouragingand I asked her a lot of questions and she made me feel proud for showing an interest in female reproductive health.
The interest earned me the nickname “gynecology boy”. Right there I knew that this is what I wanted to do in my career.
By my high school years
However, I knew that I had to get very high grades so I became a high achieving student who studied … A LOT. As a matter of fact, I would spend hours in the library and eventually did very well. I 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. The 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 usually the first doctors that a woman consults when she finds a breast lump or other breast abnormalities. Nonetheless, I knew that I had to know the topic extremely well and I have invested a lot of time learning the diagnostic aspects. In addition, the surgical and treatment options are a major part of the care too.
What started out as childhood dream is finally reality to me. In less than a year I will be a licensed obstetrician. Furthermore, I 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.
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 obs/gynea subjects. All published articles have 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, this content unfortunately expired in 2014.
Do not worry. The domain has been acquired by Dr. Halls and will be used to share information about gynecology and obstetrics. To join us on this exciting escapade will be Moose whom hopefully, will provide a few laughs and smiles along the way.