Category Archives: breast

Breast cancer pill rethought

Tamoxifen is used in the hopes of stopping a  breast cancer recurrence.  For 15 years the standard has been to take a tamoxifen pill once a day for 5 years.  And then stop. There is new research that women who take … Continue reading

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Cancer screening guidelines: The down-and-dirty on breast cancer screening.

The American Cancer Society updated their guidelines on cancer screening.  I’m going to update myself (and you!) with those.  This will be broken up into a few blogs.  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, it’ll be reviewed first. Breast … Continue reading

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Breast screening guidelines have changed.

Breast cancer deaths can be reduced with effective screening.   Screening is based on age and risk factors. By age:  Women 20 years and older should be taught about breast self-awareness.    A woman should be aware of the normal feel and … Continue reading

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Decrease YOUR chance of breast cancer. . .

There are many things in life that we cannot change: our age, our gender, our family history. But, there are (what we physicians call) modifiable risk factors. To decrease your risk of breast cancer, follow these. . . . avoid … Continue reading

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Need help returning to work as a breastfeeding mom?

Know the benefits! Several studies show that breastfeeding helps individual families as well as employers– improved productivity and employee loyalty, enhanced public image of the employer, AND decreased absenteeism, health care costs, and employee turnover. Employers must provide “reasonable break time … Continue reading

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What are the benefits to younger women getting mammograms?

Annual mammograms decreased the risk of mastectomy in women aged 40-50 by half!  1138 women participated in a study and those who had a mammogram yearly were more likely to have a smaller, singular breast cancer.  These women were able to … Continue reading

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Mammograms. No big deal. Just get one.

There is no controversy that women aged 50 to 69 need screening mammography.  The question is whether women older and younger benefit. Studies have estimated that mammography detects about 75% of breast cancers in women in their 40s, compared to … Continue reading

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