It’s important to know the characteristics of reliable medical screening tests. Use this list of criteria to be sure the tests are appropriate — and likely to do more good than harm.
When it comes to breast cancer risk, you’ve probably heard about family history and genetics. But have you heard about breast density? If you haven’t paid attention to density in the past, start now. In one recent study, 47 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 74 had what we call “mammographically dense” … Read More
You have the power to reduce your risk of breast cancer, but you need to take charge. This guide from the Cleveland Clinic Breast Center provides an overview of life-long breast practices. Follow these guidelines to reduce your breast cancer risks.
Here’s a sad, frustrating truth: We could save countless lives from cancer if we simply found the disease earlier. Take colon cancer, for example. Polyps take as long as 10 years to turn into cancer. Finding them early can literally prevent the disease from developing. For example, one recent study noted that colonoscopies could prevent … Read More
Are you confused about when to start having mammograms? And how often? You’re not alone. In the past five years, some researchers have questioned the best timing and frequency for mammograms. For example, recent research looked at 50 years’ worth of mammogram data. Researchers found that mammograms cut the risk of death for women in … Read More
The earlier doctors detect breast cancer through screening, the brighter the outlook for patients. As a patient, your knowledge about mammograms and other screening matters. Find out how much you know below. Quiz developed with help from breast surgeon Michael Cowher, MD. Learn more from Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Center.
In honor of International Women’s Day, we offer some recommended health screenings for women throughout their lives, from their 20s to their 70s. Women should take charge of their health and make sure they take care of themselves as much as they do others.
A new study finds a small but significant increase in the number of younger women with advance stage breast cancer. Researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington found the number of women between ages 25 and 39 being diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer increased from 1.53 per 100,000 in 1976 to 2.90 … Read More
Contributor: Katherine Lee, MD If I had one memory that I could hold onto, it would be an encounter I had with a patient about 20 years ago. A young woman in her early 40s had come in for her gynecological exam. I had received a report from the mammogram she had done a week … Read More
Breast cancer deaths have declined by almost 20 percent over the past decade. Better screening has made a huge difference. Today’s mammograms allow doctors to “see” an abnormal breast mass up to two years before they can feel it. It’s the gold standard for detecting breast cancer — but even a gold standard can get … Read More