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Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers world-class healthcare to residents throughout the greater San Jose community.

Tips for Performing a Breast Self-Exam

Breast Self-Exam

Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer in women, affecting approximately one out of every eight women in their lifetime. Although the causes of breast cancer are not fully known, recent developments in medical technology and knowledge have allowed us to detect the disease much earlier than ever before, while it is in its most curable stages. One of the most important aspects of regular screening for all women is the breast self-examination, a procedure that takes only a few minutes and should be performed at least once a month. If you are unaware of the proper procedure for this vital part of breast care, read on to learn more.

Breast self-exams can be performed:

  • In the shower
    While in the shower, move your fingers gently over every part of each breast. Use your right hand with fingers flat to examine the left breast, and the left hand to examine the right. During this examination, you are looking for any abnormal thickening, lump, or hard knot.
  • In front of the mirror
    With both arms at your sides, look for any abnormal changes in the shape and contour of each breast. Be on the lookout for any swelling, dimpling of the skin, or changes in the areola (nipple).  Perform this same test with your arms over your head. 
  • Lying down
    With a pillow placed under your right shoulder, place the right arm behind your head. Fingers flat, use your left hand to press on the right breast in small circular motions and move vertically or in a circular pattern until the entire breast has been examined. Use light, medium and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple and check for lumps or discharge.  After you have finished, repeat these steps for the left breast.

The Breast Care Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides the women of our community with a safe and comforting environment for the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer. Our specialized staff, including a talented team of radiologists and technologists, is dedicated to providing patients with prompt and accurate results using the most advanced scanning equipment available. Contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose today at (408) 259-4000 to learn more about our comprehensive breast care services.

The Basics of Healthy Eating


Proper nutrition not only provides your body with the fuel it needs to function, but also keeps you looking and feeling great. March is National Nutrition Month, so celebrate by evaluating your eating habits and taking a powerful step towards healthy change. Below are some of the basics of nutrition and healthy eating.

  • Eat plenty of leafy greens and other fruits and vegetables
    It is extremely important to include a wide variety of foods in your diet. To maintain a healthy diet, be sure to focus on vegetables and fruit as a major part of your daily caloric intake. Fruits and vegetables contain many essential vitamins and minerals and are a great source of fiber. In addition to these food groups, remember to include whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins, nuts, and healthy fats into your daily routine.
  • Limit your intake of saturated and Trans fats
    Even though the body does need some fat to grow and function properly, saturated and Trans fats can increase your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Saturated fats are found in red meats, animal products, and palm oils, while Trans fats are found in margarines, ready-made cakes and cookies, and fried foods. Instead, choose those that contain unsaturated fats, such as avocados, salmon, and nuts. 
  • Avoid foods with too much sodium or added sugars
    Foods with too much sodium, such as potato chips and processed meats, can raise your blood pressure and put more strain on your blood vessels. Sodas and other foods with added sugars provide unneeded calories to your diet and can increase your risk of developing conditions such as diabetes.

Your recommendations for a healthy diet may change if you suffer from high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or other medical conditions. Speak with your doctor or professional dietitian about what foods are best suited for your unique situation, and be sure to contact your doctor before beginning any new diet plan. To schedule an appointment with an experienced physician in the San Jose area, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.

Stay Aware of Your Health and Learn How to Help Prevent Disease

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Determining your risk for cancer or other serious medical conditions is the first step in taking control of your overall health. You can find out more about the risk factors for breast cancer and the other topics discussed in our recent blogs by looking through these helpful links:

  • Visit the Harvard Medical School website to learn more about what to do in medical emergencies and how to perform basic lifesaving techniques.
  • You can read more about breast cancer and the importance of detecting it early from the American Cancer Society.
  • Read this article from to learn more about how to reduce your risk for developing breast cancer.
  • This fact sheet found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website provides information on alcohol use and how it can affect your health.
  • Post-stroke rehabilitation can help patients with a wide range of disabilities caused by stroke. This article from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke goes into more detail about the benefits of stroke rehab.
  • Become aware of the signs of stroke by reading this article from the American Stroke Association.
  • This PubMed Health article provides more information about the causes, incidence, and risk factors for atrial septal defect, a congenital heart defect.
  • The American Heart Association lists the many types of heart disease on their website and describes each in depth.
  • This article from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute answers some frequently asked questions about coronary heart disease and its causes.

If you still have questions, contact the staff of Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000—we are happy to answer your health-related questions.

Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Knowing your risk for developing breast cancer—and any other serious medical condition—can help you to take the steps necessary to keep yourself healthy and free of disease. Although factors such as family history and age cannot be altered, there are many risk factors that you can change with simple lifestyle modifications. In this video, you can learn more about some of the major risk factors for developing breast cancer and what you can do to help reduce your risk.

Would you like to learn more about your potential risk for developing breast cancer? Call the professionals at Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000 to learn more about reducing your risk and staying healthy.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose Earns ACR Accreditation


Regional Medical Center of San Jose has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).  A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. In October 2011, RMC opened a new Breast Care Center offering digital mammography.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed.

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