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Breast Cancer Screening

New Studies for an Old Story: Mammography Screening Isn't Saving Lives

Fran Visco | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Fran Visco

We need to refocus our resources and attention on the two things that really matter: (1) stopping men and women from getting breast cancer in the first place -- primary prevention; and (2) preventing metastasis if they do.

Experts: Mammograms Do The Most Good For Women In Their 50s And 60s

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living

A new, international panel of experts has studied the most recent evidence on mammograms to screen for breast cancer and says they do the most good fo...

Government Task Force Sticks With Controversial Advice About Mammograms

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — Women should get a mammogram every two years starting at age 50 — and while routine screening brings little benefit in the 40s, ...

Breast Cancer Overtreatment Costs An Estimated $4 Billion A Year

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharpening a medical debate about the costs and benefits of cancer screening, a new report estimates that the U.S. spends $4 billi...

Why You Should Get A Second Opinion On That Breast Biopsy Result

AP | By LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.17.2015 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO (AP) — Here's another reason for getting a second medical opinion: Biopsy specialists frequently misdiagnose breast tissue, potentially lead...

Ockham's Razor Revisited: A Tale of Two Screening Mammography Trials

H. Gilbert Welch | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
H. Gilbert Welch

Ockham's razor -- namely, that all other things being equal, simpler explanations are generally better than more complex ones -- has had a longstandin...

The Myths That Keep Women From Breast Reconstruction After Cancer

Reuters | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Misconceptions may be keeping many women from getting breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, ev...

For Women With Dense Breasts, More Mammograms May Not Be The Answer

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — More women are learning their breasts are so dense that it's more difficult for mammograms to spot cancer. But new research sugges...

Anna Almendrala

The Genetic Test That Could Transform Breast Cancer Care

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living

Breast cancer prevention usually starts with breast self-exams in your 20s and progresses to yearly mammograms in your 40s. But if genome sequenci...

The History Of The Mammogram [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted 06.10.2015 | Women

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we've partnered with the makers of Genius 3D Mammography to celebrate the mammogram's role in the early det...

Listen Up, Guys: You Can Get Breast Cancer, Too

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.17.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Men may not realize it, but they can get breast cancer, too. In a HuffPost Live conversation on Wednesday, Dr. Mark David Pearlman explained that ...

Mammography: Just Some of the Facts, Ma'am

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

Physicians have an ethical responsibility to truthfully communicate the current scientific facts with their patients. Additionally, they need to listen to and respect patients' preferences even when it may collide with their own preferences.

What Happens in Vegas... Is Exposed!

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

One can hardly talk about Las Vegas without including the word "breasts" to describe some of the razzle-dazzle scantily-clad entertainment. Bombarded...

Caution: Kitty Litter, Prescription Drugs and Dense Breasts?

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

My advanced diagnosis within weeks of a normal mammography result is not an isolated incident. It is unconscionable to withhold dense breast tissue from the 40 percent of women who have it.

Should I Get a Mammogram? What Are Women Supposed to Do?

Fran Visco | Posted 05.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Fran Visco

All of the scientific evidence points to that strategy being more effective than a ritual search for cancer through breast self examination and mandatory annual mammography. It is time to move forward, for women's sake.

Study Suggests Annual Mammograms Are Hurting Women's Healthcare

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.06.2014 | Healthy Living

In contrast to the breast cancer screen recommendations from the American Cancer Society that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40, a ne...

Women, Breast Cancer and Finding a Cure

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kathleen Buckstaff

Maybe the race for a cure really isn't a race at all. Maybe it's an invitation to stop. I stopped. I stopped and felt thankful for the people in my life, where I live, and how we live.

New Study Finds Most Breast Cancer Deaths Happen in Women Who Don't Get Screened -- Should You Care?

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

An intriguing new study found that the vast majority of deaths from breast cancer occur among women who didn't have routine mammography. The paper's method is flawed, and conclusions limited. But sometimes an imperfect study can hint at real insights.

Mammography: A Limited Tool for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.

Mammography will remain a controversial issue because it is an imperfect tool involving ionizing radiation. Let's move beyond this method that is decades old and move forward with an early detection method for breast cancer that will not increase a women's cancer risk at all.

40 Years Later, Relearning That Sometimes Less Is More in Breast Cancer

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Karuna Jaggar

Given the toll treatment can take, every woman should be able to make her own decisions about her health care based on her values and priorities -- and to do so women need access to independent evidence-based data to inform their decisions.

'Who Are You To Judge Me For It?'

Eva Moon | Posted 07.23.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

Who is the real you? The happy, focused, vital woman who made the drastic choice to "mutilate herself" and then move on? Or the physically intact, "natural" woman who lives in dread of the next round of surveillance?

The Mammography Muddle

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Mammography specifically, and cancer screening in general, is often something of a muddle. We should acknowledge the trade-offs, work toward better screening methods, and in the interim -- muddle through.

Patients Overestimate Benefit of Medical Screening, Study Says

Posted 11.15.2012 | Healthy Living

The debate over whether or not routine screening for cancers is an effective preventive treatment has mostly taken place among professionals and gover...

The New Technology That Could Improve Detection Of Breast Cancer

| Posted 11.14.2012 | Healthy Living

By Katherine Harmon (Click here for the original article) The mammograms most women receive are decidedly two-dimensional. An x-ray machine takes ...

Has Breast Cancer Activism Gone Too Far?

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Barron H. Lerner

Ms. Cappello's story is compelling. She is one of a long history of breast cancer activists who have challenged the status quo. But in my opinion, using individual cases to dictate health policy is a dangerous precedent.