Breast Health and You
At Atossa Genetics we have only one mission: to help women, together with their healthcare providers, manage their health and well being by providing information about research, clinical trials, and best practices in breast health and medical care.
We believe Nipple Aspirate Fluid (NAF) is a rich source of information about an individual woman’s breast health. By focusing exclusively—AND ON NO OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS—on every aspect of NAF collection, its direct transportation to our laboratory and its immediate analysis by our team of experts, we believe we can provide complete, accurate, and timely information to help you in designing personal programs to:
- maintain breast health;
- intervene to lower the chance of developing breast cancer if you are identified at higher risk;
- or help in the monitoring and tailoring of your breast cancer treatment program.
Please browse the topics below to learn more about the science of NAF in breast health and disease.
Breast Anatomy and Nipple Aspirate Fluid (NAF) Collection
The female breast has two main components; glandular tissue (lobes and ducts) and connective tissue. The breast is divided into 15 to 20 lobes that radiate outwards from the nipple and contain clusters of milk-producing glands. The lobes are… read more
MASCT System Clinical Testing
A clinical trial of the MASCT System was performed at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY to test the efficiency of NAF collection in normal volunteer women. Thirty-one healthy, non-pregnant, pre-menopausal female subjects… read more
Identification of High Risk Women with NAF Cytology
Atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH) is a condition in which the cells lining the breast duct grow excessively and abnormally. Without other risk factors, it produces a five-fold increased risk of breast cancer. With a family history… read more
Preventing Breast Cancer with Medical Treatment
Drug therapy clinical trials for preventing breast cancer in high risk women are called chemoprevention trials. In the largest chemoprevention study of drugs that block or interfere with the actions of estrogen,… read more
Diets Can improve NAF Findings
Changes in diet and/or the use of dietary supplements can positively impact breast cancer occurrence and can be measured in NAF.
A study of the effect of changing diet in 71 women over a one year period was conducted. Simply.. read more
Screening for Breast Cancer using NAF
The best current screening test for breast cancer is mammography. NAF cytology as an adjunct provides useful additional information in addition to mammography… read more
NAF Testing in Women with Prior Breast Cancer
Women who have had breast cancer are at a higher risk for recurrence of cancer or for a new malignancy. In 2008, there were 2.5 MM breast cancer survivors in the US. Atossa believes these women would be candidates for regular… read more
NAF Testing and Risk Assessment
The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool (based on the Gail model) has been established by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) to identify women with an increased… read more