Dr. Harness introduces himself and describes invasive lobular breast cancer.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
I am Dr. Jay Harness and I am a member of the EmpowHer Medical Advisory Board. I am a general surgeon and breast surgeon by background. I have a major interest in surgical oncology. I am currently a clinical professor of surgery at the University of California, in Irvine, California, and I am past-President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
We have to remember that the breast is made up of lobules. Think of a geranium flower and we’ve got the flower part which is the lobules where milk is made during breastfeeding, and then the milk is conducted by the ducts or the stems coming off the flowers, out by the ducts to the nipple. And there are roughly 12 or so major ductile systems in the breast, at the end of which are these lobules.
Interestingly, only about 15, 10 to 15 percent of breast cancer actually arises out in the lobules. We don’t know why. And about 85 percent of breast cancer arises in the ducts. So, invasive lobular breast cancer is actually not a common, not a common diagnosis.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.