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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

What You Should Know About Lobular Carcinoma in Situ

Oct 16, 2018 11:04:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

What is lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)?

LCIS refers to abnormal cell growth in the lobules (milk-producing glands) of the breast. In contrast to invasive lobular carcinoma, LCIS remains contained within the lobules without spreading beyond its original site. While it’s most commonly found in women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, LCIS affects women of all ages.[1]

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Topics: cancer

What You Should Know About Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

Oct 7, 2018 8:33:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

What is invasive ductal carcinoma?

The most common form of breast cancer, invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) accounts for about 80% of all breast cancers.[1] Like ductal carcinoma in situ, IDC begins in the milk ducts. Rather than remaining contained there, however, IDC spreads outside the milk ducts to infiltrate other tissues.

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Topics: cancer

What You Should Know About Ductal Carcinoma in Situ

Sep 28, 2018 3:32:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Getting called back after your mammogram for follow-up can be stressful and worrying—even more so if you’re not sure what the results of your follow-up tests may mean for your health. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is the most commonly diagnosed form of non-invasive breast cancer, accounting for about 1 in 5 breast cancer cases. Each year, approximately 60,000 patients in the U.S. are diagnosed with DCIS.[1] Learn what you should know if you or someone you love is touched by this condition.

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Topics: cancer

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness: Cervical, Vaginal, and Vulvar Cancers

Sep 19, 2018 11:51:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Gynecologic cancers cause more than 30,000 deaths in the U.S. and affect more than 95,000 women every year. These include ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal, an vulvar cancers. For Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, we’re sharing information about each type of gynecologic cancer. In part one of this series, we discussed ovarian and uterine cancers. This week, we’re covering cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.

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Topics: cancer

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness: Ovarian & Uterine Cancers

Sep 10, 2018 11:38:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Gynecologic cancers affect more than 95,000 women and cause more than 30,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Gynecologic cancers include cancers of the ovaries, uterus, cervix, vagina, and vulva. While uterine cancer is the most commonly diagnosed of these, the difficulty of diagnosing ovarian cancer early makes it the most deadly.

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Topics: cancer

Alternatives and Supplements to Mammography Part 2—Breast MRI

Sep 1, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

While mammography is the only breast cancer screening tool proven to reduce deaths through early detection, other methods of imaging are useful when mammography alone doesn’t provide the information needed. MRI is a valuable modality for getting a closer look at confirmed or suspected breast cancer as well as providing additional protection for women at high risk.

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Topics: breast MRI

Alternatives and Supplements to Mammography, Part 1—Breast Ultrasound

Aug 23, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Mammography is the only breast cancer screening tool that has been proven to reduce deaths through early detection. However, other imaging modalities can be valuable when a supplement or alternative to mammography is needed. Women who are unable to undergo mammography or whose mammography images provide insufficient information are often referred for breast ultrasound.

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Topics: women's ultrasound

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