New recommendations released last year by the American Cancer Society advise most women to get fewer mammograms, not more. What’s going on here?
Some believe this pre-cancer, or stage zero cancer, should be treated conservatively while others believe that standard cancer treatment, including breast-conserving surgery, is best.
For checking your breasts, current guidance centers on “breast self awareness” instead of self exams. But what does that mean in practical terms?
Don’t underestimate the role you play on the care team of a best friend diagnosed with breast cancer. After all, she doesn’t just need her oncologist, her plastic surgeon, her social worker, her art therapist, her husband and her daughter. She also needs YOU. Not sure how to help? Our infographic offers 9 practical ways you can make … Read More
Breast cancer is a common concern for women — but misconceptions are common, too. It’s important to know the facts about diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
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