Tres Leche Carrot Cake Recipe

112315_carrottcake2Congratulations to Chef Ryan Conklin and his teammates Steve Pexton and Collin Jennings for winning the Got To Be NC Competition Dining Triangle Series.

Try out this decadent award-winning recipe from the Battle of Champions cooking contest.


Tres Leche Carrot Cake
by Steve Pexton


112315_carrottcakeDRY Ingredients: sift together and set aside

  • 13 oz Flour
  • 1 TB Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Table salt
  • 1.5 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 TB Cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg

WET Ingredients: Mix together in an electric mixer or mixing bowl

  • 3 C Sugar
  • 1 ¾ C vegetable oil
  • 1 TB Vanilla extract
  • 6 LG Eggs
  • 3 TB Spiced Dark Rum


  • 5 oz Diced dried Apricots, re-hydrate in 2C boiling water for 30 minutes, drain and discard the water.
  • 1.5 oz  Shredded Carrots, peel and shred the carrots on a box grater
  • 3 Milks: mix together and set aside. You will have extra.
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • ½ cup half and half
  • Cream cheese frosting
  • 12 oz cream cheese
  • 6 TB unsalted butter
  • 3 C 10 X sugar


  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on medium-low speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add butter, and cream until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar on low speed, and mix until completely combined.
  • Beat frosting on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Proceed in a mixing bowl or an electric mixer, mix the wet ingredients together until well blended, add the sifted dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Stir in the garnish.
  • Butter and flour 2 9” cake pans
  • Divide the batter between the two pans and bake in a preheated 350 degrees for 27-35 minutes (depending on your oven) or until an internal temp of 202 degrees is reached, or insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean it’s done, if not, bake 5 more minutes and test again.
  • When the cakes are done, transfer them to a cooling rack and cool to room temp. Remove the cake from the pans and place them individually onto display plates.
  • If you have a squeeze bottle, place the milk mix in the bottle and soak the cake with the milks. Allow the first pass to soak in and repeat one more time to make the cake nice and moist but not to the point where the milk is pooling at the base of the plate. If you don’t have a bottle, use a ladle or a large spoon and moisten the cakes.
  • Place the frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and pipe 12 strawberry sized rosettes on the cake, one each per slice.
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8 Helpful Ways to Communicate Effectively with the Hearing Impaired

12145Genevieve Spiliopoulos of Rex Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists at Wakefield is board-certified in audiology. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, American academy of Audiology Fellow and is also a licensed Fast ForWord® provider.

It is estimated that one out of every three individuals over the age of 65 have some degree of hearing loss. The onset of hearing loss due to aging is typically gradual over the course of several years. Once hearing loss has been diagnosed, hearing aids are typically recommended. There are various types and styles of hearing aids that should be discussed with your audiologist to fit your individual hearing and lifestyle needs. Hearing aids are not a one size fits most, but rather individually customized to maximize hearing and communication.

shutterstock_134283248Hearing aids are the first step to better communication, but it is not the only one. Hearing aids alone may not let a person with hearing loss communicate successfully. Remember, communication involves at least two individuals: a talker, who sends the message, and a listener, who receives the message.


As a family member or friend of a person with hearing loss, you can help improve communication by following eight simple suggestions.

1. Gain attention
Gain the listener’s attention before you begin talking, for example, by saying his or her name. If the person with hearing loss hears better from one ear, move to that side of the person. If necessary, lightly touch the listener’s hand, arm or shoulder. This simple gesture will prepare the listener to listen and allow him or her to hear the first part of the conversation.

2. Maintain eye contact
Face the person with hearing loss. Make eye contact. Your facial expressions and body language add vital information to the communication. For example, you can “see” a person’s anger, frustration and excitement by watching the expression on his or her face.

3. Keep hands away from face
When talking, try to keep your hands away from your face. You will produce clearer speech and allow the listener to use those visual cues.

4. Avoid covering or changing the shape of your lips and mouth
Most listeners lip-read. Lip-reading helps improve recognition of some sounds that are more difficult, especially in difficult listening situations. To help with lip-reading, do not overdo or create odd lip shapes when applying lipstick, do not talk with food in your mouth and do not chew gum. Keep in mind that heavy beards and moustaches can also hide your mouth.

5. Speak naturally
Speak distinctly, but without exaggeration. You do not need to shout. Shouting actually distorts the words. Try not to mumble, as this is very hard to understand, even for people with normal hearing. Speak at a normal rate, not too fast or too slow. Use pauses rather than slow speech to give the person time to process.

6. Rephrase rather than repeat
If the listener has difficulty understanding something you said, find a different way of saying it. If he or she did not understand the words the first time, it’s likely he or she will not understand them a second time. So, try to rephrase it.

7. Converse away from background noise
Try to reduce background noise when conversing. Turn off the radio or television. Move to a quiet space away from the noise source. When dining out, ask for a table away from the kitchen, server stations or large parties.

8. Move to an area with good lighting
When at a social gathering, sit where there is good lighting so that your face can be more easily seen. Also, avoid strong lighting coming from behind you, such as through a window. Writing, texting, using visual media (such as pictures, diagrams and charts) and finger spelling are other methods of effective communication. If the person with whom you are speaking is deaf and uses sign language, communicating by using sign language would be the most ideal.

To learn more about effectively communicating with someone with hearing loss, use the following links:

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 919-570-5900.

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Reaching the Finish Line: Beach2Battleship Half-Iron Distance Triathlon

051613_TheresaPost by Theresa Pearce, a member of Rex Wellness Center of Garner. Theresa completed her first triathlon sprint in 2013 with Rodney Jenkins, a group exercise instructor at the Rex Wellness Center of Garner. This year, Theresa shares her experience on the challenges and successes she faced while participating in two half-iron distance triathlons. 

After completing several sprints in 2013 and 2014, I decided 2015 would be the year I would tackle two two half-iron distance triathlons, the Raleigh Ironman 70.3 in May and the Beach2Battleship at Wrightsville Beach in October. Knowing that I had to prepare for two triathlons with several weeks of training, as well as having plans to travel overseas,I was looking forward to a busy yet exciting year for me.

Training for the Raleigh race began at the end of January, and went really well. The day of the race approached very quickly. During the swim course, I spent too much time, barely making the cut off time. I got through 50 miles on the bike before getting pulled off the course by race officials, at that point,  time was not on my side. After 22 weeks of training, I was left with heartbreak and disappointment. However, I had no choice other than get over it and move on.

The third week of training for B2B was starting the following week which would give me a new goal to focus on. In this race, I was part of the 70.3 training group at Rex led by Rodney Jenkins. After a couple of days off, I was right back at it for a few weeks before my trip to Europe. While traveling abroad, my friend, Angie Jenkins, and I managed to get in a few outside runs along with some indoor cycling. Once we got back to the U.S., we returned to our regular training schedule.

Publication1All of a sudden, race day for the Beach2Battleship arrived and the weather conditions were nearly perfect. With a little help from the ocean current, my swim was faster in this race. This allowed me to get on the bike sooner. As I transitioned into the cycling course, I looked at my Garmin and realized the bike ride would be faster too. This meant that I would make it to the run and have a chance to finish. I didn’t expect to break any speed records on my run, my main goal was to just keep moving forward to get to the finish line.

Throughout the run I saw everyone from our training group at various stages of their runs as well as spectating friends from Rex who were there cheering us on. About mile 8 or 9 it started to hit me that I was going to make it. From that point on, tears would come and go all the way to the finish line. I was so happy to finish and get that medal because it really had been a long year of training and it finally paid off.

At the end, it was a exiting day for all, as everyone on our Garner Rex team finished. After a few hugs and some food, the group waited for fellow Rex members Liz and Jason to finish the full distance race before leaving for the night.

The next morning I awoke with tears in my eyes just thinking about what happened the night before. Though I didn’t get much sleep because I was too excited, I was on cloud nine. Some of us met for breakfast to talk about the race before leaving town. When we arrived home, Rodney and Angie presented me with a 70.3 magnet for my vehicle. I can’t thank them enough for the love and support they have showed me throughout this journey and beyond.

Publication2Our entire B2B training team is much appreciative of the support the Rex Wellness family has showed us throughout this adventure. In 2013 the plan was for Rodney to coach me to finish what was to be my first sprint and only triathlon. Coach and his wife have long since become close personal friends of mine for life and now I’m a 70.3 finisher for life!! You could say there was a slight change of plans.

I am proof that if you commit to your training and don’t give up, it is not required that you be tall, lean, or super fast to accomplish something as great as finishing a 70.3 half-iron triathlon.

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Donor Hall of Fame: Brooke Hall

This November, REX Blood Services will honor one of our dedicated blood donors, Brooke Hall, as she is inducted into the national Fenwall Hall of Fame by Fresenius-Kabi. Fresenius Kabi is a global health care company that specializes in lifesaving medicines and medical devices for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition.

For more than a decade, Fenwal has partnered with blood centers through the Donation Hall of Fame to recognize the commitment and dedication of extraordinary donors and volunteers.  The program celebrates these individuals and the important cause that they support. It provides blood center staff with real, inspiring devoted donor stories to motivate staff and turn-key tools to help centers celebrate these donors and share their stories to support local recruitment efforts.

Brooke will be honored at Rex Donor Center in an induction ceremony on November 19th.  Here is the summary about Brooke that will accompany her picture in their Hall of Fame publications:

Brooke Hall has always been driven to help others.  Brooke is a loyal platelet door, a member of the national Bone Marrow Registry and has even shaved her head to help raise money for childhood cancer research. Brooke brightens the days of those around her through her positive outlook, radiant smile and by sharing inspirational Dr. Seuss quotes with others.  Brooke is now also pursuing a career in nursing so she can continue to dedicate herself to caring.

One of Brooke’s favorite Dr. Seuss quotes is “Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.”  These are words to live by from a young woman with a generous and giving spirit.

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Congratulations Brooke!

If you are interested in donating blood at REX Blood Services, sign up online today!


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November is National COPD Awareness Month

102715_DrDharDr. Sanjay Dhar is a Pulmonologist at REX Pulmonary Specialists. Dr. Dhar completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in New York. He went on to complete a Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, as well as a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a chronic and progressive disease that is the third leading cause of death in the United States. COPD affects millions of people, half of whom have not been properly diagnosed in the United States. Most of the time, COPD is diagnosed in middle-aged or older adults. The disease isn’t passed from person to person so you can’t catch it from someone else.

mtbackgroundTo help understand COPD it may help to understand how your lungs work. The air that you breathe goes down your windpipe into tubes in your lungs called bronchial tubes, or airways. These tubes then branch into thousands of smaller, thinner tubes which end in bunches of tiny round air sacs called alveoli.

In COPD, less air flows in and out of the airways because the airways and air sacs lose their elastic quality.  The walls between many of the air sacs are destroyed or become thick and inflamed, clogging the airways.

Common symptoms for patients may be intermittent or daily cough, with long standing phlegm or sputum production. Patients also report shortness of breath which is persistent and progressive with increased effort to breathe, “heaviness”, or “air hunger.”  Often symptoms are worse during exercise and worse during respiratory infections.

In the United States, tobacco smoking is the biggest risk factor for COPD. Exposures to smoke and inhaled irritants through occupations, pollution, and hobbies are also risk factors. Certain genetic conditions can predispose individuals to COPD.

Unfortunately, a significant number of patients suffering with COPD are not diagnosed until they have reached an advanced stage of their disease. COPD develops slowly and patients will sometimes blame symptoms of cough or shortness of breath to simply “getting older” or “smoker’s cough.” Symptoms often worsen over time and can limit your ability to do routine activities. Severe COPD may prevent you from doing even basic activities like walking, cooking, or taking care of yourself.

Spirometry is a simple diagnostic test  to diagnose COPD.  Spirometry is relatively easy for the patient and can help determine the severity of COPD and other respiratory diseases.

COPD has no cure yet, and doctors don’t know how to reverse the damage to the airways and lungs. Some treatment strategies include:

  • Smoking cessation. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD.  Most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke. Stopping Smoking is the best thing you can do for your lungs and for your health to help you feel better, stay more active, and slow the progress of the disease
  • Oxygen therapy when indicated.  Many patients with severe COPD have low oxygen saturations during the day or night. Oxygen therapy, when indicated, can improve mortality in advanced COPD
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation- Your provider may refer you to pulmonary rehabilitation, which can improve feelings of shortness of breath and limit hospitalizations without added medications.
  • Medical therapies- Various inhaled and oral medications may be indicated to treat COPD and limit frequent and severity of exacerbations or improve lung function.

We are REX Pulmonary Specialists with offices in Raleigh and Cary and can be reached at 919-784-7460.


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Conquering the Beach to Battleship Half-Iron Distance Triathlon

Post by Rodney Jenkins, a Group Exercise Instructor at the Rex Wellness Center of Garner. He is also a business teacher, a soccer coach and an athletic trainer with the Wake County Public School system.

When October 17th rolled around, the Rex Garner B2B team was ready to tackle the fitness challenge of their lives and we could not have asked for better weather.  Temperatures were in the low 50’s at race start and winds were relatively low.  We already knew from Friday’s pre-race dinner that there would be a very strong tide which meant we were in for a fast swim and we were ecstatic about that.

While we waited for the swim start, butterflies and all, we were able to calm our nerves a bit by cheering for the full iron distance athletes as they swam by.  They always start 30 minutes before the 70.3 group and start a mile or so up channel from our starting point.  We could tell by watching the swimmers go by that the tide really was fast so we were anxious to get started.  Rex Members Liz Jackson and Jason Pannkuk were in that group so that added to our excitement.

102815_Rodney6Shortly after the 140.6 group went by, it was our turn.  Unlike the 140.6 group that had a mass start, the 70.3 group start would be in waves by gender and age.  Our first team member to go was Trey Jolly, and we all cheered at the top of our lungs for him.  Next was Mary Miller, Kristey Evans, Jenny Beazley, Theresa Pearce and me.  Last was Tina Manning, Lu White and Angie Caporiccio.  At the end of the day, I discovered that we all had the same swim experience.  There was certainly a strong tide but the water was extremely choppy and you really had to struggle to raise your head above the water to breathe above the waves.  We all managed to get through the swim, ran to T1 (swim to bicycle transition area) and were off on our 56 mile bike ride.

During our bike ride, we had low winds, which was extremely helpful.  That meant we were in for a fast bike ride and our legs would be in pretty good shape for the run.  I was fortunate to see Mary and Kristey on the bike course and caught glimpses of everyone else during the 13.1 mile run.  Seeing the team during the run was a huge relief because I was assured that everyone survived the bike course without a crash or flat tire.

102815_Rodney1One thing that I came to admire about this group of athletes was their undying commitment to their training.  There was absolutely no quitting in this group; even before the race started, I knew they were all destined to be 70.3 Iron Distance Athletes.  During the course of training, you always experience some doubt in your abilities, but at some point during our 22 weeks of training, they overcame those negative thoughts.

As I watched each of them cross the finish line, I met them with a hug and the words, “Welcome to the Club!”  When we were all done, we huddled together to share laughter, stories and tears.  What a wonderful moment in time that was for all of us.  They did it and I am so proud of each and every one of them.  What a privilege it was for me and Angie to share this journey with them.  Great job Team!  Great Job!


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CPR in 3 Simple Steps


Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating and the victim loses consciousness and collapses. It isn’t always caused by a heart attack. Nationally, if a victim of sudden cardiac arrest collapses outside of a hospital, his/her chances of survival if a bystander does not start CPR immediately is less than 8%. You can double or triple a loved one’s chances of survival by starting CPR.

These are 3 simple steps to save a life if you see a teen or adult who has collapsed:

  1. Check to see if they are responsive and breathing normally.The best way to determine if someone is unresponsive and may need CPR is to tap the victim and shout “Are you OK?” while checking to see if they are breathing normally. Breathing normally does NOT include snoring, gurgling, or gasping.A victim must be on his/her back on a hard flat surface, preferably on the floor, for CPR to be effective.
  2. Call 911.
  3. Compress hard and fast on the center of the chest.Interlock fingers and place palm of one hand over the center of the victim’s chest.Keeping arms straight and elbows locked, push straight down hard – at least 2 inches. It is better to push too deep than not deep enough.The hands should not come off the chest or “bounce” between each compression, but downward pressure should be completely released to allow the heart to refill with blood.Push hard and fast in the center of the chest (about 100 times per minute) when doing compressions on an unresponsive victim who is not breathing, or not breathing normally once 911 has been called. Do not stop until help arrives, unless the victim begins moving or speaking.

Stop by our booth at the North Carolina State Fair now through October 25, 2015, and we can teach you how to save a life!

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Education Building (near Gate 12), Booth 37-38
1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607

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Dispelling 5 Myths of Learning CPR


North Carolina Heart & Vascular and UNC REX Healthcare are sponsoring a booth at the North Carolina State Fair this year to offer free CPR training. Over 130 instructors will come together to volunteer more than 500 hours and train as many people as possible.

It’s easy, quick and can help you save a life, but every year we find people reluctant to stop and get trained. We asked why, and here are our Top 5 CPR Training Myths dispelled. If you think of any other reasons you may be reluctant to stop by, reply and let us know.

  1. Myth: I will look silly

    Fact: Everyone at our booth will be doing the same thing, so even if it does look silly, you won’t be the only one. If you are, our instructors will do the compressions with you, so you’re not alone.

  2. Myth: I will have to do mouth to mouth breathing on a dummy.

    Fact: We teach “Hands-Only” CPR, which is just chest compressions, not mouth to mouth breathing.

  3. Myth: Hands-only CPR is ineffective, so why learn it?

    Fact: By simply recognizing cardiac arrest, calling 9-1-1 and starting chest compressions, a loved one’s odds of survival can be doubled or even tripled.

  4. Myth: It will take too much time

    Fact: In about the same amount of time it takes to spin our prize wheel and get your prize, you can learn CPR. It takes 2 – 3 minutes to learn, and it’s time well spent.

  5. Myth: It will be difficult.

    Fact: Our great instructors take you through everything step by step, and show you just how easy it can be. Check out the simple CPR steps before you stop by.

Stop by and see us in the Education Building, booth 37-38, this week at the Fair. Spin the prize wheel, and find out how quick and easy it can be to learn how to save a life!


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Training for Beach to Battleship

Post by Rodney Jenkins, a Group Exercise Instructor at the Rex Wellness Center of Garner. He is also a business teacher, a soccer coach and an athletic trainer with the Wake County Public School system.

Twenty-two weeks ago, a group of ten Rex Wellness of Garner members took on one of the toughest physical fitness challenges of their lives. They decided to train for a 70.3 mile Half-Iron Distance Triathlon. Some were new to the sport of triathlon and others were simply ready to move past the sprint triathlon distance.

What exactly is a Half-Iron distance triathlon? You start with a 1.2 mile swim, you then transition to a 56 mile bicycle ride and end with a 13.1 mile run. The event that I chose for our group to participate in is Beach to Battleship, which will be held on Saturday, October 17 in Wilmington, NC. Triathlete Magazine named it as one of the top 5 Iron Distance races in the world. There is a full Iron Distance race (140.6) as well.

 Competitors in the swim portion of the 2013 Beach to Battleship Half-Iron Distance Triathlon

Competitors in the swim portion of the 2013 Beach to Battleship Half-Iron Distance Triathlon

There were many factors in choosing this race for our team:

  • My wife and I have completed the full Iron Distance event twice so I am very familiar with the course
  • Wilmington is only a few hours away making it easier for family members to see their loved ones compete
  • The swim is in the Intracoastal Waterway, which has its advantages: it is always wetsuit mandatory, there is the added buoyancy of a salt water swim and it generally has a tide. All three of those factors add up to a potentially fast swim. Although the swim is the shortest part of the event, it generally caused the most stress especially for newbies.

For our training program, I chose Be Iron Fit by Don Fink. My wife Angie and I have used it successfully for Beach to Battleship and Ironman Chattanooga. It is designed for the time-crunched athlete and has three training programs so every team member could choose a program to fit their work and family schedule:

  1. The “just-finish”
  2. intermediate
  3. competitive

As we progressed through our first few weeks of training, it quickly became clear to the team why so few people in the entire world are Iron Distance Triathletes. We work out 6 days per week and train for two of the events (swim, bike, run) on those training days. Fatigue and hunger are our constant companions. Self-doubt can be an annoying companion as well but having a team to share those concerns has really paid off.

We created a Facebook page that has really streamlined our ability to communicate with and support one another. We always share our challenges, concerns and success stories as well. After all, when you spend 4 hours of your Saturday on a bike, hop off to run for an hour then follow that up with a similar Sunday workout, you need all the support you can get.

Tina Manning, Lu White, Keith Manning, Kristey Evans, Angie Caporiccio, Rodney Jenkins, Theresa Pearce

Tina Manning, Lu White, Keith Manning, Kristey Evans, Angie Caporiccio, Rodney Jenkins, Theresa Pearce

Lastly, I have to give a big shout-out to our support team. Our Facebook page members include not only our 70.3 competitors but other Rex members too. They are swimmers, cyclist, runners, trainers, our dietician and fellow Ironmen who have donated their time and advice and we could not have made it this far without their help.

By the end of the day on Saturday, October 17, we will welcome several new members to the 70.3 Iron Distance Club and I can’t wait!

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Breast Cancer Misconceptions

092815_Dr. Dull Photo White BackgroundBarbara Z. Dull, M.D., is a breast surgeon at Rex Breast Care Specialists. Dr. Dull earned her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Piscataway, N.J. She completed her general surgery residency and served as a post-doctorate research fellow at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. Most recently, she completed a Breast Surgery Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I thought it’d be a perfect opportunity to dispel some common misconceptions about breast cancer.

  1. 092815_breast_cancer2You’re only at risk of getting breast cancer if you have a family history of it. I see many patients in my office diagnosed with breast cancer who are shocked at the diagnosis because they have no family history of the disease.  In fact, only 10-15 percent of breast cancers are due to a genetic mutation running in a family, the other 85 percent occur sporadically.  For women with no family history of breast cancer we recommend starting screening mammography at the age of 40.
  2. I found a lump in my breast so I must have breast cancer. Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be breast cancer.  Even though most breast lumps will turn out to be normal breast tissue or benign (non-cancerous) masses, they should never be ignored.  Any patient feeling a breast lump should notify their doctor so that the appropriate work-up can be performed.
  3. Breast pain is a sign of breast cancer. Breast pain is a common symptom for many women, but rarely is a sign of breast cancer.  More than 60 percent of women will have breast pain in their lifetime and this is usually related to hormonal changes or benign masses.  Of all women evaluated for breast pain, less than 1 percent are found to have breast cancer.
  4. I heard that ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is not really breast cancer. DCIS is non-invasive form of breast cancer that started in the milk ducts and has not spread to surrounding tissue so it is considered stage 0 breast cancer.  DCIS can develop into an invasive breast cancer and so it is treated similarly.  We currently can’t predict which patients with DCIS will develop invasive breast cancers and which will not, but research is ongoing to help answer that question.  The goal would be to identify patients at high risk of developing invasive breast cancer and target treatment appropriately.
  5. If I have a mastectomy I won’t need chemotherapy. If a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer many times they have two surgical options to treat the breast cancer in the breast, a mastectomy or a lumpectomy (partial mastectomy).  Chemotherapy is a systemic (whole body) treatment, treating any breast cancer cells that cannot be treated via surgery or radiation.   The decision on whether or not a patient needs chemotherapy depends on the size of the breast cancer, whether it has spread to the lymph nodes or other parts of the body, and which tumor markers it has and is not impacted by which type of surgery is done on the breast.

092815_breast_cancerEarly detection provides the best defense against breast cancer. For this reason, mammograms are only one part of the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer. In addition to yearly mammograms, women 40 and older should also get a breast exam by a healthcare professional every year (women in their 20s and 30s should have a breast exam at least every 3 years).

Along with these recommended exams, women need to be aware of how their breasts normally look and feel and should report any changes to their doctor right away.

If you are interested in having your mammogram at the Rex Breast Care Center, please call 919-784-3419 for more information or schedule your mammogram online today.


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