For years, the mammogram has served as the primary tool for breast cancer screening. Mammography can identify breast cancer in its earliest stages, when it is smaller and has not spread beyond the breast. In the search for a potential alternative to mammogram screening, researchers are studying other tests, such
Breast cancer is not caused by cell phones, caffeine, antiperspirants, bras, or mammograms. It’s not contagious, it does not automatically develop if you have a family history of the disease, and a diagnosis is not a death sentence.
Those myths about breast cancer are easy to dispel because there is simply
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Cancer remains the second most common cause of mortality in the U.S., accounting for nearly one in every four deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2014, an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases will be diagnosed, and 585,720 cancer deaths will occur in the U.S.
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Each year, some 230,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in American women, and about one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point. Breast cancer represents the second-most common cancer in women after skin cancer, and it’s the second-leading cause of death in women
Three-quarters of women are thought to suffer from breast pain (also called “mastalgia”) at some point in their lives, and many automatically assume that it could red-flag breast cancer. However, breast pain isn’t typically a symptom of breast cancer.
Breast pain can manifest as slight tenderness, a dull, heavy ache, or
To a weight-conscious woman, fat isn’t a good thing. But when it comes to finding breast cancer, fat may be your friend. That’s because having more fatty tissue in the breast makes it easier to identify breast cancer on a mammogram. Conversely, having more dense breast tissue makes this task
Two tests better than one for dense breast tissue
Having a higher breast density makes it more difficult to detect cancer on a mammogram, and women with denser breast tissue are more likely to have larger tumors and a less favorable prognosis than women with breasts that are less dense. A
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)—an independent panel of health experts—currently recommends biennial (every two years) mammograms for women ages 65 to 74, and issued final guidelines to this effect in January. But when it comes to older women the task force continues to make no recommendation, concluding that
Mammography May Yield Information About Heart Health
Mammary arteries—arteries in the breast—may contain a build-up of calcium, just as some coronary arteries do, and calcium in mammary arteries may indicate that a woman is at higher risk of heart disease. Researchers found that 70 percent of women with calcium build-up in