March 23, 2020
Dr. D’Angelo is Recognized for Her Outstanding Leadership in the Community

Atlantic City Weekly’s “Top 40 under 40” pays tribute to South Jersey’s most impressive community leaders. We are proud to announce that the Premier Surgical Network’s Dr. Desiree D’Angelo is among the inspiring individuals who made the list.

Atlantic City Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40” is all about shining a spotlight on those young professionals under 40 years of age who go above and beyond, those who not only excel at their jobs, but who thrive as inspirations to others within the community, while still existing within the early stages of their own lives.”

Carefully selected from hundreds of nominees, Dr. D’Angelo is recognized for her positive impact in the community. As a board-certified general and breast surgeon in South Jersey, she is not only passionate about providing exceptional patient care but also about serving the community that helped raise her.

In addition to sitting on several hospital committees and advisory groups to ensure the very best care to the community, Dr. D’Angelo is an active participant in several local events and is an advocate in the fight against breast cancer.

Additionally, she enjoys participating in local charity runs/walks including the Shirley Mae 5K and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. She is also an active member of the Linwood Education Foundation, which helps raises money for teacher-submitted grants for programs, supplies and other equipment for the Linwood elementary schools.

Click here to learn more about the 2020 ‘Top 40 Under 40’ sponsored by Atlantic City Weekly, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and the Atlantic City Junior Chamber.

For more information about Dr. Desiree D’Angelo, please click here.

August 6, 2019
Does Breastfeeding Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk?

I’m often asked questions regarding breast health, specifically breast cancer risk and breastfeeding. Most patients like to go to ‘Dr. Google’ when researching information. The intent of this topic is to summarize the benefits that breastfeeding provides and answer a commonly asked question, “does breastfeeding lower your breast cancer risk?” Overall, female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) are known to ‘fertilize’ certain breast cancers. A woman’s lifetime exposure to hormones can promote breast cancer cell growth. Studies show that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer, especially in premenopausal women. The benefit is seen in hormone driven (estrogen or progesterone receptor positive) and hormone deprived (estrogen and progesterone negative) breast cancers. Pregnancy protects the breast because there is no ovulation during this time- your hormones are decreased in the system. The decreased number of menstrual cycles reduces your exposure to hormones because the body is focused on the growing baby, not trying to create another! Once your bundle of joy is here, studies show that women who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast cancer compared to those who choose not to breastfeed. Breastcancer.org states how breastfeeding protects the breast health:

  1. It limits breast cells’ ability to misbehave.
  2. There are fewer menstrual cycles while breastfeeding due to lower estrogen levels.
  3. There’s better overall nutrition with a healthier lifestyle (e.g. less smoking/alcohol).

Most women who breastfeed experience changing hormone levels that delay their menstrual period, which reduces the lifetime breast tissue exposure to hormones. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research and World Health Organization, breastfeeding for at least a 6-month duration demonstrates health benefits and decreases your cancer risk. According to a study by the “Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer,” researchers found that for every 12 months a woman breastfed, her risk of breast cancer decreased by 4.3%. The 12-month time period could be with either one child or the total for several children! Despite the lower risk, there are changes in the breast that can occur with breastfeeding: engorgement, mastitis, abscess, cysts, and in rare cases, breast cancer. A woman should see her doctor if the mass does not go away, continues to grow, does not move, or causes skin to change (e.g. dimpling or inflammation). A woman should speak with her doctor directly if they have any concerns about their breast health.

Authored by Anjeanette Brown, MD.

Dr. Anjeanette Brown is a board-certified general surgeon with a specialty in breast health. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology and The American Society of Breast Surgeons. Dr. Brown is passionate about patient care and teaching others about early detection and the treatment of breast cancer. References: https://www.breastcancer.org/ https://www.aicr.org/ https://www.who.int/ https://www.mdanderson.org/  

July 9, 2019
UV Safety Awareness Month – Are You Wearing Your Sunscreen?
July is UV (Ultraviolet) Safety Awareness Month. Ultraviolet radiation comes from the sun, as well as artificial sources such as tanning beds, black light lamps, broken mercury-vapor lamps, plasma torches and welding arcs. UV rays are a form of ionizing radiation that can damage the DNA in the cells in your body, which in turn may lead to cancer. Since UV rays do not have enough energy to penetrate deep into the body, their main effect is on the skin,… Read More
May 28, 2019
Male Breast Cancer – “Men Can’t Get Breast Cancer, Can They?”
“Cancer doesn’t discriminate.” Yet, when it comes to breast cancer, the disease is often associated with females. Male breast cancer is rare, but it can occur. Less than 1% of all breast cancer cases develop in men, and only 1 in 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. A male’s chance of getting the disease increases with age, typically developing between the ages of 60 and 70. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2019, 2,670… Read More