Iowa Radiology Blog

Breast Cancer Survivorship: Life Beyond Treatment

Nov 8, 2023 8:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

At the beginning of 2022, there were more than four million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. Breast cancer is an incredibly common illness, affecting approximately one in eight women (12.5%). Fortunately, great strides have...

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Hereditary Breast Cancer: BRCA Mutations & Beyond

Oct 9, 2023 7:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

While there are several steps we can take to reduce cancer risk, some risk factors, like breast density and genetic makeup, are beyond our control. Although around one third of breast cancer cases are thought to arise from...

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When and How Often Should You Be Screened for Breast Cancer?

Dec 19, 2022 9:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

When should mammography begin?

In recent years, differing guidelines for mammography screening offered by various groups of medical professionals have sparked confusion among patients. With a range of professional opinions, it...

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Alternatives to Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

Oct 12, 2021 11:09:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Following a mastectomy to remove breast cancer, some women undergo reconstructive surgery, and some do not. The decision is very personal, and the right choice for each woman is the one that best supports her physical and mental...

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5 Things to Know About Breast Reconstruction After Cancer

Sep 15, 2021 11:19:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

If you have had or are planning to have a mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis, you may decide to have reconstructive surgery to restore the shape of your breasts. To make the best choices for your body, mind, and...

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4 Things to Know About Mammograms and Radiation

Oct 13, 2020 11:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Radiation comes in many forms, and we’re exposed to it every day. At low levels, radiation exposure is not a cause for concern; it’s simply a fact of life. Exposure to high levels of radiation, on the other hand, can cause severe...

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2-D or 3-D Mammogram: Which Is Better?

Sep 8, 2020 1:45:00 PM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Breast cancer screening is constantly evolving. Since mammography began to work its way into women’s health care in the 1950s, advances in technology have made it both safer and more effective. Today, women have more choices than...

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What You Should Know about Breast Density and Cancer Screening

Jan 27, 2020 11:15:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Since 2017, Iowa law has required mammography providers to include information about breast density in mammography reports. You may have questions about what this information means for you, your health, and the effectiveness of...

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What Options Are Available for Breast Cancer Screening?

Jan 13, 2020 8:30:00 AM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Approximately one in eight women (12.5%) develops breast cancer in her lifetime. Because of the prevalence of breast cancer in women, doctors and medical associations recommend screening—looking for signs of disease when no...

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Follow Up After a Screening Mammogram

Dec 30, 2019 12:19:00 PM Posted by Iowa Radiology

Receiving a call after a screening mammogram is a source of worry for many women. While it’s natural to be concerned, it’s helpful to keep in mind that the vast majority of women who are called back for follow up after a...

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