Author(s): John G. West
Are you doing everything you can to make sure your breasts are healthy?
If this question gives you pause, you’re not alone. Confusing media and conflicting advice surrounding breast health can make it challenging to know what’s best.
In the United States this year, more than 40,000 women will die from breast cancer. Dr. John G. West wants to help you avoid becoming part of that statistic through preventative methods and screenings. And for women who are diagnosed, Dr. West provides guidance and wisdom to make the best possible treatment decisions.
For nearly 20 years, Dr. West has focused on giving his patients the best care possible when they show up for diagnosis or treatment. The question he gets most often from his patients is: "What would you tell me if I were your wife or daughter?” Prevent, Survive, Thrive: Every Woman’s Guide to Optimal Breast Care is the answer.
Drawing from the latest scientific findings in the field of breast care, Dr. West outlines the things most women don’t know about screening, like when you should insist on an ultrasound instead of only relying on mammogram results or how to determine if you should get genetic testing--and what it can and cannot tell you about your cancer risk. He lets you know exactly what kind of pain is normal and what should be investigated further.
Dr. West even offers lifestyle advice to help lower your risk factors; things as small as how often you exercise or where you carry your cell phone can have an impact on your future health.
Prevent, Survive, Thrive provides clear, accurate guidelines for prevention and early detection--letting you take control of your health.
"Dr. West's book is a valuable addition to the current literature for those touched by breast cancer. He has dedicated his career to caring and healing women with breast cancer, which he reveals with knowledge and passion in this excellent book." --John S. Link, MD, author of The Breast Cancer Survival Manual: A Step-By-Step Guide for the Woman With Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer "Prevent, Survive, Thrive continues Dr. John West's longstanding message of empowerment to those facing or in fear of breast cancer. This literary gift moves from prevention to survivorship to activism in sharing pearls of wisdom that transform us from victims to victors! This book is a wellspring of knowledge from a breast health leader who is a living legend in the fight against breast cancer." --Marie M. La Fargue, MPH, four-time cancer survivor "If you never want to hear the words, 'You have breast cancer,' this book is for you... There are plenty of books on facing the diagnosis of breast cancer, but this book, with its accurate straight-talk information, practical tips, and survivor stories filled with hope, helps you to prevent breast cancer. Every woman with breasts needs to read this book, and don't say this because it's funny. I say this because it's true. --Pam Tallman, columnist and contributor to Orange Coast Magazine "I wish I'd had this book at my fingertips years ago, but I am truly grateful for its publication at this time for the sake of my friends and family as well as all women, both younger and older." --Allene Symons, author of Aldous Huxley's Hands "Dr. West has shared his extensive experience in this uniquely comprehensive and easy-to-read treatise on all aspects of breast care for women of all ages (teens through seniors) and their loved ones, allowing them to be diligent in making decisions and their own choices regarding the ever-evolving questions of controversy and myth about breast cancer diagnostic alternatives and treatments." --Dr. Gary E. Liebl, L.H.D, Chairman Emeritus, Chaminade University
A general surgeon by training, Dr. John G. West became fascinated with the multidisciplinary team approach to breast cancer care in the mid 1980's. His previous experience as a pioneer in the development of regional trauma systems set the stage for his interest in developing a team approach to breast care. Dr. West opened Orange County's first breast care center in 1988, and over the past 20 yrs has been on the cutting edge of developing a team approach to the care of patients with breast problems. He was cofounder and chairman of the board of the Be Aware Foundation, which is a community outreach program dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer. Dr. West has been named a Best Doctor in America and has been recognized as one of the "Best Doctors in Orange County." He has been the lead author in 20 peer review articles and has written two previous books. Maralys Wills's has published 16 books spanning several genres and publishers. Her fiction works include four romance novels published by Harlequin and Silhouette and a techno-thriller Scatterpath about airplane sabotage. Among her ten nonfictions are two books on writing: Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead won its category in Best Books (Stephens Press); a treatise on addiction (Hazelden); and four memoirs (Longstreet Press, Stephens Press). Three of Wills's volumes have won national awards. For 30 years Wills has been teaching novel-writing and memoirs, and in 2000 was named Teacher of the Year. With her lawyer-husband, Rob, she raised six children, five boys and a girl.
Introduction: Why this Book Was Written 1: The Controversies that Drive this Book SECTION I: GENERAL BREAST CARE GUIDELINES BY AGE AND SEX 2: For Children, Teens, and Women Under Forty 3: For Women Over Forty 4: For Women of Childbearing Age: Birth Control, Pregnancy, and Lactation 5: For Men SECTION II: COMMON BREAST PROBLEMS 6: Breast Pain 7: Abnormal Mammograms: Calcifications and Densities 8: Breast Lumps 9: Nipple Discharge SECTION III: UNCOMMON BUT PERILOUS BREAST PROBLEMS 10: The Devil's Cancer 11: Inflammatory Breast Cancer: The Silent Killer 12: Paget's Disease of the Nipple SECTION IV: CONTROVERSIES IN BREAST CARE 13: The Breast Self-Exam Controversy 14: "My Mammogram Was Normal, and Now I'm On Chemo" 15: Shame on You, Dr. Krauthammer: Why He's Wrong About Mammograms 16: Mammograms: The Spin Stops Here 17: Your Bra: A No-Phone Zone 18: Genetic Testing SECTION V: PREVENTION 19: Beating the Genetic Odds: Exercise, Diet, and Weight Control 20: Alcohol, Vitamins, and Hormones: What Helps and What Hurts 21: "Why Me?" Think DDT: The Connection Between Environmental Toxins and Cancer SECTION VI: AFTER DIAGNOSIS 22: Just Diagnosed: With Reasons for Optimism 23: Who Needs a Second Opinion--and Why? 24: Mastectomy Versus Lumpectomy 25: Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy 26: Breast Reconstruction After Lumpectomy SECTION VII: HOPE 27: Better Breast Care for All 28: The Importance of Hope CONCLUSION Appendix I: Breast Cancer: Risk Assessment Appendix II: Support Services Appendix III: Finding a Breast Surgeon Bibliography Glossary of Terms About the Authors