Category Archives: Mammograms

Doctors and medical organizations often advise that past a certain age, older adults can forgo various screening tests for cancer. But many patients, no matter how old or sick they may be, are reluctant to abandon tests they’ve long been … Continue reading

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The underdiagnosis of mammography because of dense breast tissue – a false negative, resulting in an advanced breast cancer diagnosis – is barely mentioned by the medical community as a harm. It’s a breast cancer diagnosis that occurs not because … Continue reading

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More breast cancers have been found at earlier — and potentially more treatable — stages since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, as reported in the New York Times. The study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, adjusted for other variables … Continue reading

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Receiving a positive mammogram result, then learning on follow-up that nothing is wrong, is good news. But a false positive mammogram has a dangerous downside: It may reduce the likelihood that a woman returns for later screenings, increasing her risk … Continue reading

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One in three women with breast cancer detected by a mammogram are treated unnecessarily, according to a Danish study published recently in Annals of Internal Medicine, which has renewed debate over the value of early detection, in this report from … Continue reading

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The American Cancer Society, which releases an annual survey of cancer trends, reports a death rate from cancer that is 25% lower than it was a quarter-century ago — a drop driven by steady reductions in smoking rates and advances … Continue reading

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Mounting evidence shows that the tendency to respond to every breast cancer with every treatment option available–surgery, chemotherapy, radiation–isn’t always necessary, takes a toll in serious side effects and rarely adds years to women’s lives, in this report from TIME. … Continue reading

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More than half of breast cancers newly diagnosed in the United States are likely cases of mistaken identity that subject women to needless anxiety, treatment and expense, researchers reported Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Los Angeles … Continue reading

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