General Breast Care
We offer comprehensive breast imaging and minimally invasive diagnostic procedures to meet all of your breast health needs.
Our top quality breast care and breast health services are available in our Long Beach office. We offer the latest advances in technology and a skilled, compassionate team of healthcare professionals that are dedicated to an early diagnosis and treatment. We truly care about our patients and that is why once you are in our office, you will be treated to a spa-like setting designed to optimize your comfort and peace of mind.
Our services include
- Risk Assessment,
- Condition Treatments
- Breast Imaging
- Breast Procedures
- Breast Reconstruction referrals
Things to know
Self Breast Exam
The majority of malignant breasts lumps tend to be first detected by women themselves. Only 5% of breast lumps that eventually prove to be cancerous were found first by a health care professional.
Usually, lumps that are found “by accident” tend to be large, and require aggressive treatment. The number of women who are performing self-breast exams is growing and the small lumps found during self-examination typically have an excellent prognosis.
This exam will not replace your annual Well Women Exam. Any type of abnormalities that you might feel during your breast exam requires an immediate appointment with your OB/GYN.
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Evaluation of breast lumps is one of the biggest challenges for all breast specialists. Breasts are by nature lumpy and are accentuated by hormonal stimulation, as with a menstrual cycle and by hormone replacement therapy. Most lumps are not cancer.
If a lump is cancerous, it is imperative to make the diagnosis as soon as possible. We provide treatment for the following types of breast lumps:
- Fibrocystic conditions
- Breast Cysts
- Fibrocystic Breast Lumps
- Fibroadenoma and multiple Fibroandenomas
- Cystosarcoma Phylloides
- High risk breast lumps
- Breast Cancer
Breast pain is the most common symptom that we see.
Breast pain is very common in younger, pre-menopausal women and fortunately, the vast majority of patients with breast pain do not have breast cancer. We see two common forms of breast pain: Cyclic | Non-cyclic
Cyclic breast pain occurring in both breasts a few days before the onset of menstruation is normal. At times, the pain can become more severe and extend throughout the entire menstrual cycle.
Non-cyclic breast pain is when women experience pain, usually in one breast, that seems unrelated to the menstrual cycle and is not related to other obvious causes such as trauma or pregnancy. The pain is common and can occur anywhere in either breast, but often starts in the nipple and radiates to the armpit.
In most cases, nipple discharge can be either normal or due to a minor condition but it can also be an early sign of breast cancer.
Discharge that comes out without squeezing is the only type of discharge of concern. Another indicator is the color of the discharge. Worrisome discharge is typically either bloody or clear. Discharge that is green, milky, or any other colors is almost always of no concern.
During pregnancy, nipple discharge is normal as the breasts get ready to produce milk. In women that are not pregnant, it can be caused by hormonal changes or some medications.
Our doctors will evaluate every type of discharge that is not related to breastfeeding. If you have spontaneous discharge, please call our office immediately to schedule a consultation.
There are a multitude of factors that can affect your lifelong chances of developing breast cancer and other disorders of the breast.
- Family health history
- Body Weight
- Alcohol use
- Previous high-risk biopsy
- History of radiation to the chest wall
Having knowledge of these factors enables patients to make critical decisions about their health, such as when to begin breast cancer screening, how often one should be screened, how one should be screened and what lifestyle choices one can make to minimize risk.
We offer a comprehensive risk assessment program with Dr. Jessica Rayhanabad, a highly specialized second-generation breast specialist.
Breast imaging refers to the various diagnostic procedures performed by radiologists for breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Mammography uses X-rays to produce images of breast tissue in order to detect lumps, tumors or other abnormalities that may be present in the breast. Images produced by mammography are called mammograms.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of breast tissue. Breast ultrasounds are generally performed to identify the exact nature of a breast abnormality previously detected by mammography or as supplemental breast cancer screening for high-risk patients. Breastlink of Orange and Breastlink of Temecula Valley feature automated breast ultrasound technology.
3-D mammography, also known as Breast Tomosynthesis, is a relatively new technology that produces 3-dimensional images of breast tissue rather than the 2-dimensional images produced by traditional mammography.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields and radio-frequency pulses to produce detailed images of internal body structures. Breast MRIs can provide information not available from mammography or ultrasound but are only used in combination with and never as a replacement for these breast-imaging procedures.
A breast biopsy is performed to remove some cells from a suspicious area in the breast and examine them under a microscope to determine a diagnosis.
Types of Breast Biopsies
We perform different types of biopsies and our specialist will choose the best option for your biopsy according to your health situation. They include:
- Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
- Core Needle Biopsy
- Surgical Biopsy
Each type of biopsy has pros and cons. The choice of which type to use depends on things like:
- How suspicious the tumor looks
- How big it is, where it is in the breast
- How many tumors there are
- Other medical problems you might have
- Your personal preference
Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
When performing a Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNAB), a hollow needle is used to withdraw small cylinders (or cores) of tissue from the abnormal area in the breast.
Core Needle Biopsy
A Core Needle Biopsy (CNB) is most often done in the doctor’s office with local anesthesia (you are awake but your breast is numbed). The needle is inserted 3 to 6 times to get the samples, or cores. This takes longer than an FNAB, but it’s more likely to give a clear result because more tissue is taken to be checked.
Our doctors will first try to figure out the cause of a breast change by doing a needle biopsy, but in some cases a surgical biopsy may be needed. A surgical biopsy is done by cutting the breast to take out all or part of the lump so it can be looked at under a microscope. This may also be called an open biopsy
Breast reconstruction is achieved through several plastic surgery techniques.
These techniques attempt to restore a breast to near normal size, shape, and appearance after a mastectomy. We perform cosmetic surgeries only in cases where a patient had a procedure done and needs cosmetic surgery. We do not do breast argumentation and similar procedures.