If you’re unsure when and how often you should get a mammogram, you’re not alone. Conflicting recommendations about breast cancer screenings have caused a lot of confusion about what type of screening regimen can best protect women’s health. Because each woman must ultimately make her own decision about how to protect herself from breast cancer, it’s important to have the information you need to make the right choice for your care.
Sep 30, 2017 9:25:00 AM
Why Is Breast Cancer Awareness Important?
With women in the U.S. facing an approximately 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes, awareness of this persistent threat to women’s health is critical. It’s estimated that 252,710 women as well as 2,470 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the U.S. in 2017. Although mortality rates have been declining since the late 1980s, more than 40,000 American women are expected to die of breast cancer this year.
Sep 18, 2017 8:41:00 AM
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that in the U.S. this year, approximately 22,440 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 14,080 women will die of the disease. A woman’s average lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer is 1 in 75, and about half of cases are diagnosed in women aged 63 years or older.
Sep 7, 2017 8:20:00 AM
It’s always important to understand the potential risks and benefits of any medical procedure your doctor recommends. When you’re pregnant, this is essential to protect both your health and the health of your developing fetus. While ultrasound is the imaging method of choice for pregnant patients because of its high degree of safety, MRI may be recommended when ultrasound isn’t capable of obtaining the medical information your doctor needs to best support your and your child’s health.
Topics: MRI scan
Aug 30, 2017 9:17:00 AM
A sonohysterogram is an ultrasound exam of the uterus and fallopian tubes that can be used to investigate the cause of problems such as infertility, abnormal menstrual bleeding or cramping, or pelvic pain. It may also be done prior to IVF treatment to rule out issues that could interfere with embryo implantation. If your doctor has ordered a sonohysterogram, it’s likely that you have questions about what to expect. In general, the procedure is minimally invasive, typically causes only mild discomfort, and carries a low risk of complications.
Aug 20, 2017 8:40:00 AM
When your doctor recommends a medical procedure, it’s important that you understand the potential benefits and risks involved. There has been much debate in recent years about the relative benefits and risks of imaging procedures that use ionizing radiation, including CT scans and other X-ray exams such as mammography and fluoroscopy.
Aug 10, 2017 8:50:00 AM
There is a lot of talk about mammograms in the news lately. You’ve likely seen a variety of recommendations and opinions about whether to have mammograms and if so, when to start, how often to get them, and what kind to get. It’s always best to research a variety of sources before making decisions about your health care—particularly sources with well established reputations for reliable, evidence-based information. In this article, we’ll discuss why we make the breast cancer screening recommendations that we do.
Aug 3, 2017 11:21:00 AM
An important advancement in women’s health care, screening mammography has come a long way since it began to gain acceptance in the 1950s. Over time, technological advances have resulted in continual improvements in image quality and lower radiation dose. From advancements in film to the advent of digital imaging, these progressive improvements have helped more women to enjoy longer, healthier lives.
Jul 23, 2017 8:47:00 AM
Deciding to have your first mammogram is an important step in protecting yourself against breast cancer. Randomized controlled trials suggest that mammography screening reduces the odds of dying of breast cancer by 15–20% for women aged 40–74. There are a few things you can do to prepare for your mammogram to get the best health information and be as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
Jul 13, 2017 9:10:00 AM
You've probably heard of a virtual colonoscopy before, but you may not have an idea of what it really is. Below are several frequently asked questions about the procedure to help you decide whether it's a good choice for your next colon cancer screening.
Topics: virtual colonoscopy