Benign Breast Tissue Calcification

By Dr. Kathleen Ruddy If you have recently had a mammogram and were told that you have one or more breast tissue calcifications, you are probably wondering what this means. The good news is that breast tissue calcifications are quite common and in many cases they are...

Surgical Options For Women With BRCA Mutations

By Dr. Kathleen Ruddy Approximately 10% of breast cancer cases diagnosed in the United States are associated with a genetic, inherited predisposition to the disease. Of these patients, the majority carry a mutation in one of two genes, BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. These...

Treatment Options For Patients With Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ

By Dr. Kathleen Ruddy Ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS) is a premalignant abnormality found in the ducts of the breast. Traditionally, DCIS was treated with surgery and (sometimes) radiation therapy. However, such radical therapy may not always be necessary and other,...

What to do When You Find a Lump in Your Breast

By Dr. Kathleen Ruddy One of the most important things that a woman can do for her health is to get to know her body. At an early age, knowing how your breasts feel can be very important. Some women have naturally lumpy breasts while others have smoother breasts. If...

Lumpectomy Vs. Mastectomy: The Factors to Consider

By Vera Viner Right now, women around the country are being taught to fear breast cancer and to go to extremes in order to cure the disease. This is being transformed through a higher rate of double and prophylactic mastectomies. In the early 1990s, doctors encouraged...