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I Still Recommend Screening Mammograms Annually Starting at Age 40

Victoria Dooley, MD | Posted 04.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Victoria Dooley, MD

With the USPSTF's recommendations getting all of the press lately, it is important to know that many professionals still do recommend that screening mammograms start at age 40 and should be performed every year. This is what I recommend in my practice.

USPSTF Draft Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Don't Go Far Enough

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 04.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Karuna Jaggar

Anyone who has followed the so-called "breast cancer screening controversy" knows that the disagreements about whether and when healthy women should get a mammogram are more political than scientific.

Mammography Should Not Wait Until 50

Lindsay Avner | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Avner

In response to the recent United States Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation that restates prior guidelines for all women to receive ma...

The Truth About Mammograms (And Whether You Should Get One)

Posted 04.13.2015 | OWN

Why some women are turning down this potentially lifesaving test. By Laura Beil Caroline Rhoads, 53, has never had a mammogram. When she...

Breast Cancer Screening: Where Are We Now?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.02.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Among the more important medical studies reported in recent weeks, even resulting in that rarefied "front page, above the crease" coverage by the New York Times, was a paper in JAMA indicating that the interpretation of breast biopsies is not the infallible gold standard we had hoped.

How To Survive Your Mammogram With A Little Help From Your Friends

Nancy L. Wolf | Posted 03.28.2015 | Fifty
Nancy L. Wolf

Men think it is weird when women go to the ladies' room in groups. Men may think it is even weirder that I go with two friends each year to get our mammograms. We call it the "MammoVan." Let me clarify -- the three of us travel together in one car but we have separate mammograms in consecutive appointments.

My First Mammo

Heather Gillis-Harris | Posted 03.26.2015 | Women
Heather Gillis-Harris

Recently I had my first mammogram. I had heard all the rumors. My "girls" were going to be sandwiched down to pancake-like proportions and I might pass out from pain.

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...

'I'd Be Lucky If I Lost My Breast'

Tammy Bleck | Posted 01.07.2015 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

Three weeks ago, when the threat of breast cancer entered my life, I decided to hang up my blogging hat for a breather. Frankly, I felt everything but witty. The words, large mass on left breast, left me paralyzed with fear. Me, the woman who shrinks from nothing. I panicked.

3 Breast Cancer Survivors: Stories on Faith, Hope and Purpose

Vanessa Cunningham | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Cunningham

I was moved to showcase these women in hopes that women would draw strength, courage, and hope from these stories.

Battling Breast Cancer: FDA Focuses on Progress for Patients

Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg | Posted 12.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg

We have made considerable progress, but there is still much to learn about this life-altering disease that affects many Americans. FDA is deeply committed to applying the best available science to develop the best tools, treatments and opportunities for patients, bringing us closer to a cure.

Why Are Black Women Dying of Breast Cancer, Even Though More White Women Are Diagnosed?

Tiffany Denee Jones | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Denee Jones

Statistically, black women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women, even though more white women are diagnosed with it. Heartbreakingly, one of the reasons for this is fear.

Don't Be Dense: Put Your Breasts on Your To-Do List

Carol Evans | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol Evans

I urge you to get informed about your own body and the technology available to you. So many of us make our children, our partners, and our jobs our priority. But today is the day to do something for yourself and get informed about your own health.

Why Breast Cancer Awareness Is A Lot More Than Just 'Thinking Pink'

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 12.15.2014 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

While seeing breast cancer awareness raised to 21st century levels of conscience is truly a wonderful thing ... it is not enough.

Do You Know Your Breast Density?

Jennifer Owens | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Owens

Don't be dense about your breast density. While 19 states require your mammogram report to note your breast density, the majority do not. At your next screening, ask a simple question: "Am I dense?"

Breast Density: How to See Clearly Through The Fog

Nikki Weiss-Goldstein | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nikki Weiss-Goldstein

The California legislature passed a law requiring that women who have screening mammograms be informed if they have dense breast tissue. This information is given to raise your awareness and to discuss with your doctor.

These 6 Ways People Are Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month Will Make You Smile

Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and some individuals and organizations are going beyond pink ribbons to embrace out-of-the-box ways to st...

Not So Simple: The Breast Cancer Stories of Betty Ford and Happy Rockefeller

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Barron H. Lerner

Just as Betty Ford's survival was not due to early detection, Rockefeller's survival (she turned 88 in June 2014) unlikely resulted from the prophylactic removal of her second breast. Early detection of breast and other cancers remains a complicated and controversial subject.

Yagana Shah

Screening Older Women For Breast Cancer May Do More Harm Than Good | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty

While regular screenings can be useful in early detection of breast cancer, age should be considered when weighing the benefits. The United States Pre...

They Did It: They Got Mammograms Together

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

I go to the doctor alone, as do all my friends. We are a tight-knit group going back over 20 years; I can tell you all their clothing and shoe sizes, yet I don't know the names of most of their doctors. But of all things, medical care for LGBT people should absolutely be a community activity.

Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Riddle Me This

Seporah Raizer | Posted 10.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Seporah Raizer

Because we look healthy on the outside, we must be healthy on the inside? Well, I know for a fact that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and you damn well shouldn't judge a cancer by it's body.

Not THIS time, Breast Cancer

Lisa R. Petty | Posted 10.21.2014 | Women
Lisa R. Petty

I have been having mammograms since I was 30, and I am just a LITTLE BIT older than that now. OK, I will be 43 in two weeks. My mom had breast cancer ...

Don't Be Dense About Your Boobs, And Don't Be A Boob About Density

Cari Shane | Posted 10.12.2014 | Women
Cari Shane

What I don't understand is how it can be, over and over again, the same story for thousands of women who diligently received mammograms when mammograms could do nothing to warn them of their growing masses.

My Right Breast: A Man Facing a Breast Lump and Mammogram

B. D. Colen | Posted 09.28.2014 | Healthy Living
B. D. Colen

Mammowhat?! Mammogram? Me? But I'm a man! And at 67? Is this some really, really weird dream I'm about to wake up from? How in God's name were they going to do a mammogram when there's practically no mam on my chest?

The Annual Mammary Squeeze (The Ultimate Women's Experience)

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

My annual excursion is an immersion into a women-centered medical world... with all the love, nurturing and neuroses that suggests. When I walk through those double glass doors, I enter a world of women, and for the most part, we take very good care of each other.