Focus on Breast Health


It’s October, and we’re talking breast health.  So what exactly does that include?  It’s about knowing your breast cancer risk based on family history; having regular screenings; knowing what’s normal for you/seeing your doctor if you notice any changes, and finally, making healthy lifestyle choices.

Below are some smart guidelines from the Susan G Komen Foundation.   

1. Know your risk

• Talk to both sides of your family to learn about your family health history

• Talk to your health care provider about your personal risk of breast cancer

2. Get screened

• Talk with your health care provider about which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk

• Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk

• Have a clinical breast exam at least every three years starting at age 20 & every year starting at age 40

• Sign up for your screening reminder at

3. Know what’s normal for you and see your health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes:

• Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area

• Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast

• Change in the size or shape of the breast

• Dimpling or puckering of the skin

• Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple

• Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast

• Nipple discharge that starts suddenly

• New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away

4. Make healthy lifestyle choices

• Maintain a healthy weight

• Add exercise into your routine

• Limit alcohol intake

• Breastfeed, if you can

And one more recommendation that we thoroughly believe in: go for a mammogram with a friend.   Meet for coffee, make it a date and most importantly, get it done.  Pictured above is us doing just that last week, with our breast care team.

Wishing you great health and a happy fall.

Dr. Gigi Kroll and Dr. Zhanna Pinkus
180 Newport Center Dr., Suite 265
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949-706-0181
Fax: 949-706-7187
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