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Radiologists Can't Agree On What 'Dense Breasts' Actually Are

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 07.19.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Radiologists don’t agree on what qualifies as “dense breasts,” according to a new study. Because tumors are harder to spot in...

Let's Stop Staring and Stop Studying Boobs

Elisabeth Dale | Posted 05.02.2016 | Women
Elisabeth Dale

Here's what I do know: talk is cheap. We repeat the mantra that "breast is best," but we give women few resources to breastfeed beyond a few weeks. We say we care about those with breast cancer by buying up pink products, but those efforts don't do much for those diagnosed with the deadliest form of the disease.

Mammograms: When to Start and When to Stop

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 02.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

Depending upon who is writing the article and to what research they are referring, the data seems to fluctuate so quickly that it seems virtually impossible to make a decision on what information and recommendations to follow.

What One Woman Learned About Life From Her Cancer Diagnosis

Quora | Posted 02.04.2016 | Women

What do people learn about life after being diagnosed with cancer? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling quest...

Bosom Buddies -- The Day Before a Biopsy

Jenn Sutkowski | Posted 01.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jenn Sutkowski

Not the kind of thing you like to see, generally speaking. The document I had to sign that said I would need a biopsy. I signed it while lying on my b...

Here's How U.S. Mammogram Guidelines Are Changing

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.12.2016 | Healthy Living

When should you consider getting screened for breast cancer? The answer depends on who you ask. New breast cancer screening guidelines from the U.S. P...

Don't Breathe and Don't Move

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Page Rosenberg

Twelve minutes later the technician returned. The calcifications were not obviously malignant nor were they obviously benign, they were somewhere in the middle, not close enough to bad to require a biopsy at this time. I was to come back in six months for more tests to see if there was any change. I was told this was good news for today.

Why Don't Women Get the Truth About Mammograms?

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie

Like forecasting, breast cancer screening and diagnosis aren't perfect -- especially in younger women. But that alone shouldn't lead us to stop using them. I, for one, would hate to get caught unaware in that storm.

Busy Woman's Guide: What You're Not Being Told About Mammograms

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie

Like forecasting, breast cancer screening and diagnosis aren't perfect -- especially in younger women. But that alone shouldn't lead us to stop using them. I, for one, would hate to get caught unaware in that storm.

The "Expertise Fallacy" and Cancer Screening Recommendations

Dr. Paul Marantz | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Marantz

There is a pernicious aspect of this "expertise fallacy": once you understand that patient-level experience cannot provide useful information to assess screening, it becomes clear that clinical experience tends to provide misleading information. Among the many reasons for this:

Are New Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations Hit or Miss Guide(d)lines?

Melanie Young | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

I understand the rationale: False positives can put women through emotional angst and result in unnecessary tests and procedures. Even more concerning than a false positive is the false sense of security women, especially younger women, may have about their breast health.

Too Young for a Mammogram? Too Average? The Discussion Continues

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.28.2015 | Women
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

After decades of educating the public about the importance of early detection, the new guidelines are indeed confusing and controversial. In the new guidelines, the recommended age for annual screening mammography was increased from age 40 to age 45 for women "of average risk for breast cancer."

Practicing Dying

Debra Kissen | Posted 10.27.2015 | Women
Debra Kissen

I am writing this blog as I sit here, in my warmed robe, in a soothingly decorated waiting room, waiting for my mammogram results. My mind is reviewing how it will handle hearing quite possibly the most dreaded words in the world: "You have cancer."

She Was Told That She Was 'Too Young for a Mammogram'

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.23.2015 | Women
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

I share this story today as a tribute to Jennifer and as a shout-out to those individuals and organizations supporting the new guidelines for mammography, which propose conducting screening mammography later in life and with less frequency.

The New Mammography Guidelines: How to Make Sense of It All

Marc Hurlbert, PhD | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Marc Hurlbert, PhD

While mammograms may not yet be perfect, screening continues to be important.

Dangers of New ACS Mammography Guidelines: Underestimated Risk and Delayed Diagnoses

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

The assumption that we can accurately identify who is just at average risk of breast cancer is a dangerous default. Risk is complex, poorly understood, and it's often inconsistently assessed over time.

Dreams That Warn of Breast Cancer

Larry Burk, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Larry Burk, M.D.

Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos, author of Surviving Cancerland, is not your ordinary dreamer, although her story of discovering her own breast cancer through her...

What I Learned About Being Naked

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie | Posted 09.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie

Credit: altrendo images/thinkstock "Naked is trending and sexy right now," was the marketing email subject line. No surprise there -- from ads featur...

Breast Cancer Screening: Of Chances and Choices

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A sardonic insight by Bertrand Russell deftly, if disturbingly, conveys much of what is wrong in the realm of modern health promotion, particularly wh...

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.

Mammograms Don't Lead To Fewer Deaths, Suggests A New Study

Reuters | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living

(Updates with comment from study author Charles Harding throughout story.) By Reuters Staff (Reuters Health) - Breast c...

10 Reasons to Be Thankful for Little Boobs

Kristie Stumpf Rork | Posted 06.25.2016 | Women
Kristie Stumpf Rork

Like the curly hair versus straight hair conundrum, women with large breasts wish they had smaller breasts, and women with smaller breasts wish they had larger breasts. But unlike the little boob problems, there are some serious disadvantages of having large boobies.

The Number Needed

Jonathan Talmud | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Talmud

If experience has taught us anything as a species, it's that anecdotal evidence is weak, and when you're playing with people's lives you had better have something to back it up.

Do Screening Mammograms Save Lives?

Victoria Dooley, M.D. | Posted 05.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Victoria Dooley, M.D.

To declare that screening mammograms have never saved any woman's life, not even one, is just as ridiculous of a claim as stating that all screening mammograms have saved the lives of all women who were ever screened.

Knowledge Is Power: How a Breast Cancer Diagnosis Changed My Life

Ami Dudzinski Mehr | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Ami Dudzinski Mehr

Instead of going into something blindfolded, you are able to physically and mentally prepare yourself, be strong, and hope for the best outcome. Knowledge is power.