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What Are the Benefits of a 3-D Mammogram?

Jan 20, 2019 11:31:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Mammography has come a long way since a few radiologists began using it to identify breast cancer in the 1950s.[1] From the development and refinement of screen film technology through the 1980s to digital mammography at the turn of the century and modern low-dose 3-D imaging, the steady march of technological improvements has enabled doctors to identify and treat breast cancer at earlier stages and facilitate better outcomes.[2]

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Topics: mammography

What to Expect During Mammography Follow Up

Jan 10, 2019 8:45:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

You followed your doctor’s advice and got your annual screening mammogram. You left the imaging clinic feeling good about keeping on top of your preventive health care. A couple of days later, however, you were surprised to get a call from your doctor’s office asking you to come in for follow up. You had assumed you’d get a letter a week later saying everything is fine, but now, you are worried about the possibility of breast cancer. What should you expect?

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Topics: mammography

Protect Your Family from Lung Cancer During National Radon Action Month

Dec 30, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

January is National Radon Action Month. Learn what you should know about radon and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

What is radon?

Radon is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas that is released naturally with the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. It’s found everywhere on the earth in varying concentrations.

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Topics: cancer

Why Are My Periods So Painful?

Dec 20, 2018 4:40:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Painful menstrual cramps, also called dysmenorrhea, are common among women of childbearing age. More than half of menstruating women report at least some period-related pain lasting 1–2 days each month. Many factors, including diet and exercise habits and alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine intake, can influence the intensity of menstrual pain, and many women experience dysmenorrhea without any underlying condition. In fact, the release of prostaglandins, the naturally occurring substances that cause the uterus to contract during menstruation, is a primary cause of menstrual pain. 

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What Is a Fibroadenoma, and How Does It Affect My Health?

Dec 10, 2018 12:55:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

What are fibroadenomas?

Fibroadenomas are the most common type of breast mass. They are benign and typically affect women in their 20s and 30s but can be found at any age. Juvenile fibroadenomas are the most common type of breast lump found in girls aged 10–18.

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Topics: health tips

Am I at Risk for Osteoporosis?

Nov 30, 2018 3:53:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the natural pores in the bone become larger as a result of bone loss. When this happens, the bones become brittle and can break easily—even simply from coughing, sneezing, or minor bumps.

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Practice Self Care This Holiday Season

Nov 20, 2018 4:32:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

It’s no secret these days that the holidays are rough for many of us. Even for those who are looking forward to time with family and friends, delicious feasts, and treasured traditions, the time and money spent on holiday festivities can put significant strain on these precious resources. For those struggling with loss, the holidays can highlight feelings of loneliness and isolation. Whether you’re anticipating the holidays with joy, dread, or a colorful mixture of the two, prioritizing self-care will help you through all the ups and downs the season brings.

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Imaging Concerns During Pregnancy

Nov 12, 2018 3:50:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

When you’re pregnant, it’s wise to be cautious of exposing your unborn child to anything that might cause harm. At the same time, protecting your health is essential to protecting the health of your baby. If your doctor recommends imaging while you’re pregnant, be sure to discuss all possible benefits and risks of the procedure. It’s important that you understand both how the exam could help protect your health and how it could affect the health of your child. With this information, you can make an informed decision with your doctor about how to best manage your health during pregnancy.

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What You Should Know About Paget’s Disease of the Breast

Nov 3, 2018 8:40:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

What is Paget’s disease of the breast?

Paget’s disease of the breast, also called Paget’s disease of the nipple or mammary Paget’s disease, is a rare type of breast cancer that causes changes to the skin of the nipple. It is estimated to be present in 1–4% of breast cancer cases.[1] More than 90% of patients with mammary Paget’s disease also have invasive or noninvasive carcinoma[2], most often either DCIS or invasive ductal carcinoma. The prevailing theory is that Paget’s disease results cells from an underlying ductal cancer travel through the milk ducts to the surface of the nipple; however, since additional cancer is not always found, it is possible that these cells can become cancerous on their own.[3]

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What You Should Know About Invasive Lobular Carcinoma

Oct 25, 2018 8:51:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

What is invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC)?

Invasive lobular carcinoma is a type of breast cancer that begins in the lobules (milk-producing glands) of the breast and subsequently spreads to surrounding tissues. The second most common form of breast cancer in the U.S. (after invasive ductal carcinoma), ILC accounts for 10–15% of invasive breast cancers.[1]

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Topics: cancer

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