Who should get a mammogram? What age should you get your first mammogram? What might be some ways that can lower your risk
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.
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:
• If you have a family history of cancer, ask your doctor if a BRCA 1 and 2 test (or a broader test for all the breast cancer
Maybe it's the Girl Scout in me, but I always like to be prepared. So when I went to my doctor recently for a routine mammogram, I came armed with the latest statistics.
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."
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.
A new JAMA study reveals that breast cancer has been widely overdiagnosed due to an increase in mammography. And it hasn't lowered death rates. We discuss the dangers of overtreatment and whether we need to change our approach to cancer screening.
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.
The Swedish Two-County trial investigated screening mammography every 24 (age <50) or 33 months (age ≥ 50). The study was