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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.

The Collateral Damage of Being at Average Risk of Breast Cancer and Having Dense Breasts

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

A woman cannot participate in shared decision making about her values and preferences of screening without weighing the pros and cons of over-diagnosis, false positives and missed positives.

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."

New Mammography Recommendations; Fighting Back Against Fear of Cancer

David Ropeik | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

These new recommendations will be surely be controversial. Experts will debate the epidemiological evidence of whether early and more frequent screening save lives. But the real controversy won't be among those experts and it won't be about the facts.

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.

U.S. Breast Cancer Guidelines Catch Up With The Rest Of The World

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living

Women should begin screenings for breast cancer at 45, rather than 40, and should get yearly screenings only for the first decade, acco...

DCIS and Research on Less

H. Gilbert Welch | Posted 09.16.2015 | Healthy Living
H. Gilbert Welch

Welcome to the world of studying low probability events. When the risk is high, the study can be small. But when the risk is low, the study needs to be big -- and long.

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.

This Breast Density Troublemaker Goes to Japan: The Impact of Shaking Up the Status Quo

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

Since the shock of my advanced-stage breast cancer diagnosis in 2004, I have relentlessly focused on empowering women with information about the strongest predictor of mammography missing cancer: dense breast tissue.

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

Ami Dudzinski Mehr | Posted 05.19.2015 | 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.

Jonathan Cohn

Sandra Lee Wants Young Women To Get Mammograms. Should They? | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

Sandra Lee, the celebrity chef and author, announced Tuesday that she has breast cancer. She did so during a tearful, emotionally powerful interview o...

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 Impenetrable Bond of a Sister's Love: Exposing a Potential Fatal Flaw in Breast Cancer Screening

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

It was Chris' own words that inspired her sister Anne to advocate for density reporting legislation in their resident state of Ohio. Anne was embarking on a new journey which was foreign to her, the political culture of breast density reporting legislative advocacy.

So Just How Often DO You Need A Mammogram?

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 12.22.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Most of you probably go for annual mammograms, but currently the experts disagree as to when and how often you should take pictures of your breast friends.

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...

Happy 80th Birthday Pearle! Congratulations on 31 Years of Being a Breast Cancer Survivor!

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I can think of no better time than to give congratulations to my patient Pearle Mintz. With the intent...

Know Your Risk: Breast Cancer, Family History and Testing BRCA Negative

Samantha Golkin | Posted 09.07.2014 | Women
Samantha Golkin

It was knowing my risks and being vigilant that saved me from the spread of breast cancer, saved me from extensive treatments and saved my life.

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.

New Mammography Article Points to the Need for Better Ways to Detect Breast Cancer

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Unfortunately the article, at a glance, may add to the growing perception among journalists, primary care physicians who may not read below the paper's title, and others -- including many ordinary women -- that mammography's effectiveness has been, again, disproved.

Early Detection Does Not Save Lives

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Karuna Jaggar

This conclusion demands a radical re-thinking of the tenets of the breast cancer awareness movement. Mammograms don't solve the fact that around 30 percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer will develop metastatic disease, often after the mythical five year mark, and die from breast cancer.

Hypnosis for the Hospital: The Evidence Is in on Patient Comfort

Larry Burk, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Larry Burk, M.D.

Have you ever been anxious about undergoing a stressful medical procedure such as a mammogram or MRI scan, or something even more painful such as a br...

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.

Garbage In, Garbage Out: A Flawed Study Cannot Measure the Value of Mammograms

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 04.23.2014 | Science
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

A study denouncing the value of mammography tore through the news cycle last week, leading many women to once again question the need for these breast cancer screenings. What was left out of many of the media reports are serious doubts about the validity of this study.

Can We Unmuddle Mammography?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A new study of mammography, showing lack of survival benefit, has once again muddied these waters and muddled the relevant messaging.