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.
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.
Jun 29, 2017 4:14:00 PM
Mammography is the standard for breast cancer screening, but it’s not the only imaging method that doctors use to get information about breast conditions and possible cancers. In some cases, ultrasound or MRI are chosen to supplement or replace mammography as a breast imaging tool. To help you understand why your doctor may recommend a particular breast imaging procedure, here are some basic reasons that each is often used.
Jun 22, 2017 5:11:00 AM
My doctor said my mammogram showed calcifications. Is that bad?
Calcifications are very common, especially after menopause. In fact, they appear on roughly half of mammograms of women over age 50, and they typically are not cause for concern. However, their appearance in certain patterns can sometimes be a sign of early or developing breast cancer.
Mar 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM
You know you should be getting annual screening mammograms, but how do you choose where to go? One of the first steps you should take in preparing for your mammogram is learning about the facilities in your area and choosing one that provides high quality care. Here are five questions you should ask before making your appointment:
Jan 15, 2017 10:27:00 AM
If you’ve never had a mammogram, you may not know quite what to expect the first time. Don’t let fear of the unknown cause you to miss out on the important health information that mammography screening provides. While getting a mammogram may not be at the top of anyone’s list of favorite things to do, it’s a really quick and easy procedure that could help to save your life. Understanding what’s involved in a mammography visit can help alleviate any anxiety you may be feeling and make the whole experience more comfortable.
Dec 8, 2016 3:45:00 PM
Paget’s disease, also called Paget’s disease of the nipple or mammary Paget’s disease (not to be confused with Paget's disease of the bone), is a rare form of breast cancer that accounts for about 1% of all breast cancer cases. Paget’s disease affects the nipple and often spreads to the areola. Patients diagnosed with Paget’s disease are usually found to have tumors in the same breast—either ductal carcinoma in situ or invasive breast cancer.
Nov 17, 2016 9:25:00 AM
Since 1985, the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) has sought to save lives through early breast cancer detection and the education patients, physicians, and organizations across the globe. Currently, they are conducting a campaign titled “End the Confusion,” aimed at clearing up the many misconceptions created by recent conflicting recommendations about breast cancer screening.