Thursday, 05 June 2014 17:14

Muddled about mammograms

If you have read the news lately, you may wonder what’s up with mammograms.
In the past few years, contradictory media reports about the importance of mammograms have left many women wondering: Should I get my first mammogram at age 40 or 50? Should I have one every year or every two years? Are mammograms really useful?
“There is no question that mammograms help us detect breast cancer earlier,” says Melita Charles, MD, Breast Surgeon with the Ashikari Breast Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “With more effective treatments and improved survival even for advanced disease, the benefit of early detection is not as obvious. However, I continue to follow the American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines, which recommend that screening start at age 40 and continue annually as long as a woman is in good health.”
According to Dr. Charles, no one is recommending that screening mammograms stop. However, she says the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to screening might need to be modified.
“We need to identify ways to target screening to those who will benefit the most,” Dr. Charles says. “Until then, women should continue following ACS guidelines.”
Hudson Valley Hospital Center now offers 3D digital mammography, an innovative, new technology that allows physicians to examine breast tissue in greater detail than ever before. Call (914) 734-3674 to schedule your appointment.

You can read this article in our Healthy Living Magazine. The next issue goes out in July.

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Cortlandt Manor, NY – (November 25, 2013) – Nearly 300 people attended Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Wine and Dine Around the World event on November 21 to raise money for breast cancer education.

The benefit at Trump National Golf Course in Briarcliff Manor raised $30,000 for the Ashikari Breast Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center again presents “Wine and Dine Around the World” this time with a Mediterranean flair.

More than 20 fine restaurants participated in the event, which this year featured foods and wines of the Mediterranean.

“We thank everyone here for supporting this wonderful event,’’ said Dr. Andrew Ashkiari, of the Ashikari Breast Center. “The funds raised here tonight will allow us to support future educational and research programs such as the symposium we had this past fall.”

Proceeds from last year’s event helped to finance a Breast Cancer Symposium on September 28 at Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook which brought together area oncologists and breast surgeons to share best practices and the latest techniques in breast cancer treatment.

The Ashikari Breast Center at HVHC offers access to nationally renowned doctors in the field. Drs. Roy Ashikari, Andrew Ashikari, Pond Kelemen and Melita Charles work together to make sure every patient who walks through their door receives exceptional care every step of the way. Bringing these experts together simplifies a complicated process and helps ensure that individuals get the best treatment for their unique situation.

For information on the Ashikari Breast Center, visit or call 914-734-3490.

Photo caption: Dr. Andrew Ashikari, HVHC Foundation Board Chairman Michael Delfino, Event Chairwoman Rosemarie Panio and HVHC President John Federspiel.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community. In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit



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Friday, 27 May 2011 17:49

The Ashikari Breast Center

Breast Cancer Surgeons

The expertise of the surgeons of The Ashikari Breast Center is now available at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

The world renowned team of surgeons – like HVHC – is committed to providing individualized, quality care in a warm, compassionate environment, with a focus on positive results.

The Ashikari team has pioneered a breast reconstruction procedure that has attracted women from all over the world, most notably a nipple-sparing procedure that allows them to remove cancerous or potentially cancerous breast tissue, minimizing the trauma of a mastectomy. Many women, including those who are cancer-free, but have high-genetic risk and are seeking prophylactic surgery, favor this approach.

What sets the Ashikari team apart from others is their determination to use the latest and more effective techniques to eradicate cancer while fully supporting and treating the patient as a whole person.The Ashikari Breast Center welcomes its newest surgeon, Dr. Melita Charles.

For an appointment, call 914-734-3490 or visit their new website.


Here are just a few of the reasons why they are the leaders in their field:


  • 72-hour turnaround from the initial exam to surgical treatment;
  • Sparing more than 70 percent of patients more extensive surgery by determining whether cancer has spread to the lymph nodes before initial surgery;
  • Immediate reconstructive surgery during mastectomies to avoid repeated surgery.
  • A one-stage prophylactic mastectomy with immediate reconstruction to prevent breast cancer in patients with high-genetic risk.


The practice was founded by Dr. Roy Ashikari, a renowned breast cancer surgeon, and former Chief of The Breast Service at Sloane Kettering. He has treated thousands of patients, won prestigious awards both here and in his native Japan and published dozens of scientific articles on breast cancer.

Meet the Ashikari Team

Roy Ashikari

Roy Ashikari, M.D., FACS

Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College

Chief of The Breast Service at Sloane Kettering during the 1970’s and 1980’s, Dr. Ashikari has been the Premier Senior breast surgeon in Westchester County for the past two decades. He has written the seminal research papers on Paget’s disease, Ductal (DCIS) and Lobular (LCIS) Carcinoma In-Situ, Male breast cancer, and breast cancer in Pregnancy.

Andrew Ashikari

Andrew Ashikari, M.D., FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College

Dr. Ashikari received his general surgery training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein School of Medicine and attended the surgical oncology fellowship at University of Chicago Hospitals. He has published research on the topic of tumor immunology where he developed his clinical interest in melanoma. He also specializes in gastrointestinal tumors, breast cancer, and sarcoma. He has a strong clinical interest in women at high risk for breast cancer and prophylactic nipple-sparing mastectomy. Dr. Ashikari is a Prinicipal investigator for the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP).

Pond Kelemen

Pond Kelemen, M.D., FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College

After finishing a surgical pathology residency at The University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Kelemen received his general surgery training at The University of Chicago Hospitals. Thereafter he completed his surgical oncology Fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica. He is well-published in the field of sentinel lymph node biopsy and the use of PET Scan Imaging in Surgical Oncology. His other clinical interests are endocrine surgery, breast cancer, gastrointestinal surgery, and sarcomas. Dr. Kelemen is a principal investigator for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG).


Melita Charles, M.D.

Dr. Melita Charles recently joined the Ashikari Breast Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. Dr. Charles most recently served as a member of the department of surgery at SUNY Downstate at Long Island College Hospital and was clinical assistant professor of surgery there. Prior to that she served as Director of Breast Surgery at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Charles was ACS Cancer Liaison at both LICH and NUMC. She received her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She did her residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, LIJ Medical Center. Dr. Charles completed clinical and research fellowships at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.




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