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Ask the Doctor: Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A woman has a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Elizabeth S. Lambert, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN with Carolina Women’s Physicians, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. We asked her some important questions about the disease. Here’s what she told us.

Dr. Elizabeth Lambert

Q: What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer?
A: Signs and symptoms may include a new, palpable lump, peau d’orange (skin changes that resemble the surface of an orange), nipple drainage or discharge, skin dimpling or puckering, and nipple retraction that is new.

Q: When should I see a doctor?
A: Call your doctor when you discover something new or different in your breast.

Q: Are there particular risk factors?
A: Age-related risk as well as personal and family history are important. nA family history of breast cancer could mean that patients need further evaluation and possibly genetic testing. Your doctor can evaluate your specific risks and facilitate further testing when pertinent. If you have a personal history of breast cancer, then you will be watched very closely by your oncologist.

Q: What are the best prevention methods?
A: Maintaining or adopting a healthy lifestyle is beneficial in prevention of many cancers — healthy diet, regular exercise, maintaining a normal BMI and not smoking. In addition, a monthly self-breast exam is recommended along with beginning mammography at a time that is appropriate for you as determined by you and your doctor.

Q: Following a diagnosis, what are the best ways for finding support and coping?
A: At Lexington Medical Center, the nurse navigator program is a comprehensive patient care program that guides patients with breast cancer from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. Patients are assisted in finding emotional support groups, practical support groups, health and exercise resources as well as holistic therapies.

Q: Cancer can also form in men’s breast tissue. What should they know?
A: If men have close relatives with breast cancer, particularly if those relatives carry a breast cancer gene (BRCA I and II), they should be screened by their doctors. Approximately 1% of all new breast cancer diagnoses are in men. If a man notices a new lump in his breast, he should see his doctor.

Carolina Women’s Physicians provides comprehensive care for women, by women. The physician practice has offices in West Columbia and Irmo. Learn more at CarolinaWomensPhysicians.com

Dr. Brooke Naffziger Joins Carolina Women’s Physicians

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Brooke Naffziger, DO, FACOG, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Naffziger is working as an obstetrician and gynecologist at Carolina Women’s Physicians, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice with locations in Irmo and West Columbia.

Dr. Brooke Naffziger

A magna cum laude graduate of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Dr. Naffziger earned her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. She then completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, serving as administrative chief resident. During her residency, Dr. Naffziger also received comprehensive training in robotic surgery.

Dr. Naffziger is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology with additional certifications in advanced life support in obstetrics, fetal heart monitoring and neonatal resuscitation. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Naffziger most recently served as the attending physician in obstetrics and gynecology at Pipestone County Medical Center and Avera Medical Group in Pipestone, Minnesota, providing inpatient and outpatient obstetric and gynecologic care. She also served as vice president of the Medical Staff at Pipestone County Medical Center.

Dr. Naffziger joins the highly skilled physicians and nurse practitioners at Carolina Women’s Physicians. Dedicated to providing comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care to women of all ages in the Midlands, the practice combines state-of-the-art technology and advanced procedures.

Dr. Naffziger is accepting new patients.

Carolina Women’s Physicians

146 N. Hospital Drive, Suite 240
West Columbia, SC 29169

7045 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29212

(803) 936 – 7590

CarolinaWomensPhysicians.com

Women’s Health Through the Decades

Carolina Women’s Physicians, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The practice has provided comprehensive obstetric and gynecology care for women in the Midlands for a decade. In recognition of that milestone, the practice offers tips for women in all decades of life.
 
20s
Nearly 20 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases occur each year. Most happen in women under the age of 25. Because some have no symptoms, it’s important for women in their 20s to see a health care provider regularly. In addition, symptoms such as odor, discharge and pelvic pain require immediate attention. Some infections can cause complications that could lead to infertility. Doctors can perform simple tests to make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment.
 
30s
Premenstrual syndrome peaks for women in their 30s for several reasons. First, women’s bodies are not as forgiving compared with earlier in life.  Secondly, women in their 30s are at higher risk for depression, stress and obesity. And, it’s more difficult to clear excess calories from alcohol and caffeine, which can result in lack of sleep. Making simple changes to a daily routine can prevent premenstrual syndrome. Get eight hours of sleep each night, exercise 3 to 4 times per week, eat nutritious foods and pay attention to calories.
 
40s
The five years leading up to menopause can be filled with irritability, memory changes and sleep problems. Metabolism can begin to slow down and menstrual cycles will fluctuate. These are symptoms of perimenopause and can be treated with hormonal and non-hormonal methods. It’s also important to eat a diet that’s high in protein and low in carbohydrates to diminish the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
 
50s
Many women believe that changes will slow down and they will start to relax in this season of life. However, the risk of depression can increase and is very common in women in their 50s. Symptoms such as changes in appetite, shortened sleep cycles, weight gain and apathy can be signs of depression and anxiety. A combination of medicine and therapy are the most effective ways to treat chronic and situational depression. Remaining engaged in long-time friendships, traveling and exercise can also help.
 
Carolina Women’s Physicians has locations in West Columbia and Irmo. Visit CarolinaWomensPhysicians.com or call (803) 936 – 7590 for an appointment.