In fact, there is a 33% increase in breast cancer specific and overall mortality in obese individuals with a BMI >30. Furthermore, obesity at diagnosis of breast cancer is linked to a higher risk of the cancer coming back after treatment. This is true for pre- and post-menopausal women. In summary, the best thing you can do to prevent breast cancer and cancer in general, is maintain a healthy body weight with your diet and regular exercise.
In patients with a standard risk of breast cancer, screening is done with a mammogram. In women who have dense breast tissue that may obscure small masses or calcifications, a tomosynthesis or “3-D mammogram” may be preferred. Patients with an elevated risk of breast cancer of 20-25% or greater over their lifetime may be screened with a combination of mammograms and MRI alternating every 6 months. To discuss which type of screening is right for you, talk to your primary care physician or please feel free to schedule a consult with our office.
and further clarify if a biopsy (taking a small sample of the tissue) is required. It is very important to understand that just because you get called back for more imaging DOES NOT necessarily mean you have breast cancer! If a biopsy is required, this can be done by the radiologist or possibly a breast surgeon. Once this is done, the tissue will be sent to a pathologist who looks at the tissue under a microscope, where a diagnosis can be made. You will receive a phone call from the office where the biopsy was performed, and if any further treatment is required, you will be sent to your breast surgeon where options will be discussed
will be made for you if you are diagnosed with breast cancer. Your surgeon and other physicians will discuss this together at a multidisciplinary conference and with you at each visit.
that looks specifically at the area of concern and may include an ultrasound as well. These imaging studies will look at the mass or calcifications and further clarify if a biopsy (taking a small sample of the tissue) is required. It is very important to understand that just because you get called back for more imaging DOES NOT necessarily mean you have breast cancer! If a biopsy is required, this can be done by the radiologist or possibly a breast surgeon. Once this is done, the tissue will be sent to a pathologist who looks at the tissue under a microscope, where a diagnosis can be made. You will receive a phone call from the office where the biopsy was performed, and if any further treatment is required, you will be sent to your breast surgeon where options will be discussed
“Passionate about educating and empowering patients concerning their disease, and guiding them through treatment with confidence.”
The best way to tackle breast cancer is with support and empowerment; that’s what I strive to provide as a fellowship trained Nashville Breast Surgeon. Whether you have a benign breast disease or breast cancer it is important to understand, you are not alone.
Are you looking for a breast cancer surgeon in Murfreesboro, Tennessee? Dr. Keith is known for helping her patients make an informed decision regarding their health and treatment options.
Dr. Keith is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon. When choosing any surgeon, you must consider their training, background as well as their experience. One of the advantages of fellowship training is the number of cases seen during that extra year of training that are specifically related to breast diseases and breast cancer.
Dr. Keith’s practice location in Murfreesboro is convenient for those who do not want to drive into Nashville, fighting the traffic, several times a month surrounding their surgery. She provides access to her expertise in breast surgery from office-based biopsies and diagnosis to surgical management, all while being close to your family and friends. Her staff members are also friendly, professional, highly-trained and qualified to offer assistance in the office. As a woman, Dr. Keith is incredibly empathetic with what her patients go through when faced with breast diseases and hopes that women feel her attempt to meet them at their level.
Dr. Keith specializes in breast surgery for non-cancerous masses and breast cancer. She manages benign issues such as fibroadenomas, cysts, painful breasts and even male breast issues including gynecomastia. When you first see her for your consultation, she will discuss prior imaging, personal and family history and the current symptoms you are experiencing. She will also do a physical exam of your breasts. If needed, she can do an ultrasound-guided biopsy of breast masses in the office on the same day as your visit, set up a stereotactic biopsy or other appropriate imaging you may need. Dr. Keith attempts to get a diagnosis for your concern as soon as possible and guides you along the way throughout treatment. She understands that you must individualize treatment so the patient is at peace with their treatment decisions. For her, every patient is special, individual and deserves quality care.