Breast Health Programs and Education

Approximately 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year. This is why it is so important for women to practice good breast health. Healthy diet, exercise and performing regular self-breast exams can help you achieve good breast health. Bring any lumps, differences or irregularities to your doctor’s attention as soon as possible. When caught early, the prognosis for breast cancer survival is rather good.

Aside from regular breast exams, there are other lifestyle changes you can incorporate into your life to keep your breasts healthy and lower your risk of breast cancer.

  • Maintain a healthy body weight. Aim for a BMI (body mass index) of 23 or less throughout your life.
  • Exercise. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least 5 days a week.
  • Lose the booze. Minimize or eliminate alcohol.
  • Quit smoking. Risk of breast cancer and other cancers are reduced by quitting.
  • Eat your veggies. Veggies such as broccoli and dark leafy greens have been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  • Breastfeed your babies. Research has shown that mothers who breastfed their baby for the first 6 months had a lower chance of developing breast cancer.

Meet our breast health and breastfeeding medicine specialists.

Breast Cancer High Risk Program

All women are at risk for breast cancer. However, those facing a high-risk may want to consider special options for screening and prevention through the Breast Cancer High Risk Program. You may be at an increased risk of developing breast cancer if you have ANY of the following:

  • A strong family history of breast cancer
  • A breast biopsy with pathology showing atypical cells, or lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
  • A known genetic mutation predisposing to breast cancer development (such as a BRCA mutation, or mutations associated with Li-Fraumeni or Cowden Syndromes)
  • A history of chest radiation for treatment of lymphoma

The Breast Cancer High Risk Program provides:

  • Comprehensive breast cancer risk assessment
  • Genetic counseling and testing, if appropriate
  • Regular clinical breast examinations
  • Breast imaging, including sonography, mammography, tomosynthesis and MRI
  • Medical and surgical options for reducing breast cancer risk
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Lactation Consulting and Assistance

Breastfeeding your baby is natural, but doing it doesn’t always come easy. University OB/GYN Associates and Upstate Medical University are here to help. As International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), our providers have received extensive training and have helped many new mothers overcome the challenges of breastfeeding. We can help you successfully overcome latching difficulties, sore or injured nipples, low milk supply, and transitioning from breast to bottle.

Some benefits of breastfeeding include:

  • Protects your baby against common illnesses and childhood diseases, including obesity
  • Reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Risk of breast and ovarian cancer can be reduced
  • Bonding time for mother and baby

If you are pregnant and are considering breastfeeding or if you are having difficulties, call University OB/GYN Associates today at (315) 464-5162.

The Upstate Breast Care Program and Lactation are located at Upstate Specialty Services.


550 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

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