Especially during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want you to have all the information you need to protect your health with cancer prevention and early detection strategies. Here are our top four tips for minimizing your risk and catching potential breast cancers when they’re most treatable.
Oct 20, 2016 3:00:00 PM
Oct 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM
Where you choose to have your mammogram matters. According to a Department of Radiology study at the University of California Medical Center, breast imaging specialists detect more cancers at earlier stages and recommend more biopsies while maintaining lower recall rates than general radiologists. But, how do you find and choose a breast specialist?
Sep 29, 2016 3:30:00 PM
The controversy that has surrounded mammography screening in the past few years has many women questioning whether they should keep coming in for their annual mammograms (or, for those just turning 40, whether to start). Here is our list of the top 10 reasons you should get an annual mammogram.
Sep 18, 2016 4:00:00 PM
While not all cancers are preventable, we have considerable power to protect ourselves from a wide range of illnesses, including cancers, by making healthy choices every day. Because September is Fruits and Veggies: More Matters Month, we’ll take a look at how filling your diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can support your immune system and reduce your cancer risk.
Topics: cancer risk
Sep 8, 2016 2:00:00 PM
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Each year in the U.S., more than 22,000 women are diagnosed and more than 14,000 women die of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is particularly deadly because it can be very difficult to detect in early stages. 92% of patients who are diagnosed and treated before the cancer is able to spread outside the ovaries survive at least five years after diagnosis, but only about 15% of cancers are found at this stage. For patients whose cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or nearby lymph nodes before it's found, then the 5-year survival rate is 73%. The further the cancer can spread before it’s found, the more difficult successful treatment becomes.
Aug 29, 2016 1:30:00 PM
Why are sedatives prescribed for MRI?
While MRI is, in itself, a painless procedure that many patients find very tolerable, it can be difficult for some to endure due to the need to remain still in an enclosed space for extended periods. Those who experience intense anxiety or claustrophobia can have an especially hard time successfully completing an MRI. Because the information obtainable with this procedure can have great value in diagnosing problems and guiding treatments, doctors often prescribe sedatives to help patients through the procedure.
Aug 17, 2016 4:00:00 PM
When you have your annual screening mammogram, the radiologist—a doctor with specialized training to read and interpret such images— examines your mammogram and then sends a report to your referring physician. But how do radiologists interpret what they see in mammography images? Today, we’ll give you a glimpse into the types of features and patterns on mammograms that cause radiologists to take a closer look.
Aug 4, 2016 3:00:00 PM
Caring for another person, whether a child, parent, spouse, or another loved one, is often much more than a full-time job. When someone is dependent on you, it’s easy to start thinking that you simply don’t get to take care of yourself anymore—their needs can seem so much more pressing. The fact is, though, that you can’t effectively take care of anyone else when your own needs go unmet for long periods of time. While you may well have to put some of your own priorities on hold during times of great need, self deprivation shouldn’t become the new normal.
Jul 26, 2016 4:00:00 PM
Although successfully completing breast cancer treatment is always cause for celebration, the fight doesn’t end there. It is important to follow your doctors’ instructions for follow-up care to help you stay healthy, deal with potential side effects of treatment, and remain vigilant against recurrence or new kinds of cancer. Typical follow-up care after breast cancer involves ongoing physical exams and breast imaging and may also include genetic counseling, continued hormone therapy, bone density testing, pelvic exams and pap tests, and other tests specific to your condition and treatment.
Topics: breast cancer
Jul 15, 2016 3:00:00 PM
Comfort is important for everyone, particularly during unusually stressful situations. When children have to endure medical procedures, however, providing comfort is vital. Medical procedures, including radiologic imaging, and the strange machines, loud noises, discomfort, and unfamiliar people and surroundings that can accompany them can create a great deal of stress for anyone—especially kids. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do as a caregiver to help your child through these often difficult situations.
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