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An option for women at increased risk for breast cancer

  If you are at high risk for developing breast cancer there is an option you might want to consider that greatly reduces your risk. Your risk of developing breast cancer is high if you are over 60, have a first degree relative who has had diabetes, or have had a prior breast biopsy, especially […]

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Mammography screening is front and center again

The controversy over screening women for breast cancer continued yesterday with an announcement from the AMA that women should begin breast cancer screening at 40 years of age to prevent advanced breast cancer. . The controversy began when the USPSTF recommended in 2009 that screening begin at 50.  The Task Force didn’t discount screening at […]

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Cancer Treatment Is Beyond The Reach of Many Americans

Cancer Treatment Is Beyond The Reach of Many Americans

Cancer is expensive — the American Cancer Society estimates that the 2010 total cost of cancer in the U.S. soared to $263.8 billion (The Huffington Post Oct 12, 2011). Along with these costs can come financial ruin. A Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center study showed that cancer patients were twice as likely as the general […]

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Lymph Node Dissection Does Not Increase Survival From Breast Cancer

Lymph Node Dissection Does Not Increase Survival From Breast Cancer

If you were told that your treatment would result in swelling in your armpit and a chance of a serious bacterial infection, would you go through with it? Maybe yes, especially if it saves your life. But what if I also explained that another less aggressive treatment was available and it worked just as well, […]

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Inexperienced Radiologists Are Reading Your Mammograms

Inexperienced Radiologists Are Reading Your Mammograms

To be an expert, radiologists should be reading at least 750 mammograms a year. The dreaded mammogram that women over 50 are recommended to have every other year is bad enough, but getting a call to return for more studies is really scary. On average, in the United States, one mammogram in 10 results in […]

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