Mammography 101: What to Expect

Getting a mammogram can almost be considered one of the rites of passage in any woman’s life. If you’re about to go for your first mammogram, it might be helpful to know what’s in store so you can prepare.  Knowing what is involved may also help you to think of questions to ask your doctor during the process. (more…)

New Study Finds Breast Biopsies Could Need a New Approach

Breast cancer awareness is everywhere today—as it rightly should be. Breast cancer affects about 1 out of every 8 women in the United States during their lifetime and 232,000 new cases are identified every year. It’s no secret: breast cancer can be a killer. You probably know at least one woman (or man) who has battled the disease, or maybe you’ve been there yourself.

The medical community continues to research breast cancer and works tirelessly to find better ways to identify and treat the disease.  According to new research conducted by the Mayo Clinic, there may be cause for doctors to change yet another breast cancer screening tool to help identify potential cancers early. The biopsy is a procedure that uses a needle to collect cells from a mass inside the breast. These cells are then studied to determine their type and what risk they may carry for breast cancer later. (more…)

Early Detection Can Save Your Life: Why & How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam

Did you know that 40% of breast cancer cases are discovered by women who felt lumps during self-exams? It doesn’t matter if cancer runs in your family or not. Every adult woman over the age of 20 should do a monthly breast self-exam.

While mammograms do help in early detection of cancer before lumps form, breast self-exams help you to become accustomed to what is normal for your breasts so you can let your doctor know if anything looks or feels different.

Self-exams should not be a substitute for mammograms, screening and other detection, but combined with routine medical care, they can give you an advantage that could save your life. (more…)