Mercy's Dr. Jennifer Joh Of The Hoffberger Breast Center At Mercy Discusses Treating Benign Breast Pain
Mercy's Dr. Jennifer Joh of The Hoffberger Breast Center performs breast surgery
Benign breast pain is a condition that affects many women. It's one that can be awfully worrisome, but is there anything you can do about it?
A lot of women experience it around the time of their period each month.
According to breast surgeon Dr. Jennifer Joh of The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy, many women often worry that the pain is caused by cancer and it's not.
"The most important thing is to go ahead and get the appropriate studies, a mammogram ... and/or ultrasound, and make sure that there isn't any underlying pathology," Dr. Joh said.
A recent study out of the Philippines suggests women can take vitamin supplements to help with the pain.
"They treated these patients for one month with vitamins. This was vitamin E and vitamin B. In this study, they showed dramatic improvement in breast pain over a period of one month," Dr. Joh said.
Registered dietitian Kelly O'Connor of The Endocrinology Center at Mercy noted that eating a well-balanced, healthy diet is a sure way to get these vitamins with foods like almonds sunflower seeds, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
"For most people who take a one-a-day they are already getting 100 percent. However, this would require them to eat extra food or take a supplement," O'Connor said.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.