Women: Do You Know Your Breast Density?

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

3 Ways You Can Help Detect Cancer Early

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

Mammograms Save Lives — But They Can Get Better

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

Quiz: Test Your Breast Cancer Screening IQ

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.

Breast Cancer: Younger Women Diagnosed More Often

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

A Brush With Breast Cancer

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

3-D Mammograms Detect More Cancer (Video)

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