Mammograms are a key screening tool for breast cancer. But critics say they're not good enough.
February 12, 2014 A Canadian study finds no reduction in deaths over the long haul for women who got mammograms to detect breast cancer beginning in the 1980s. It's the latest study to raise questions about the value of regular mammograms. But radiologists faulted the study as flawed and rejected its conclusions.
Some of the money spent on annual mammograms might do more good if it went toward risk-based screening, a doctor says.
February 4, 2014 Billions of dollars are spent each year on mammograms to screen for breast cancer. If American women are screened less frequently, the cost savings might be used to better tailor the care for women at an increased risk of cancer.
People practice yoga at a fundraiser for a breast cancer foundation in Hong Kong.
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January 29, 2014 Cancer patients and survivors are told to exercise, but the disease and treatments can leave them with overwhelming fatigue. Yoga may be a gentle way to get moving, a study reports, with breast cancer survivors who did yoga saying they had less fatigue than women who did not.
Western medicine has questioned the medical benefits of meditation.
January 7, 2014 People are increasingly turning to mindfulness mediation to manage health issues, and meditation classes are being offered through schools and hospitals. But doctors have questioned whether this ancient Eastern practice really offers measurable health benefits.
A celebrity's efforts to educate the public about health risk may have very limited effects.
December 20, 2013 This summer, Angelina Jolie announced that she had both her breasts removed to reduce her risk of breast cancer. Her story got a lot of people talking. But they didn't necessarily learn more about the genetics of breast cancer risk.
When it comes to taking care of the girls, mammograms are still the way to go.
December 13, 2013 Who wouldn't want something better than mammograms for breast cancer screening? But machines that extract breast fluid to look for abnormal cells aren't it, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Still, some doctors have been offering the test to patients.
A woman is positioned for a traditional mammogram at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
December 3, 2013 A new kind of mammogram that takes many X-rays to make a three-dimensional image can help doctors find cancer and reduce false alarms. But it's still unclear who might benefit from the technique, and whether it's worth the higher cost and double dose of radiation.
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October 25, 2013 Imagine a device that would help men correct course when they mess up while trying to support the women they love. One breast cancer husband who did just about everything wrong when his wife was diagnosed says he would have welcomed a little back-seat driving.
Mammography detects cancer, but debate rages over when and how often women should get screened.
September 9, 2013 Women who died of breast cancer were less likely to have had a mammogram in the past two years, researchers found. That was particularly true among younger women. Even though breast cancer is rarer in the young, the tumors can be more aggressive.
Sally O'Neill decided to have a double mastectomy rather than "do a wait-and-see."
August 5, 2013 The question of how to treat ductal carcinoma in situ is roiling the medical profession, and making for tough choices for women. The condition may never become invasive cancer. But some women choose to have mastectomies rather than live with uncertainty.
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June 17, 2013 Dr. Judith Salerno, a geriatrician, is replacing Nancy Brinker, the cancer philanthropy's founder and longtime chief executive. The change comes more than a year and a half after a decision to halt grants to Planned Parenthood plunged the group into controversy.
The Susan Komen for the Cure Foundation is pulling back from some high-profile fundraising walks.
June 5, 2013 The Komen foundation has attributed the drop in walk participation, in part, to a crummy economy. But it's clear the organization underestimated the reaction to its short-lived decision in early 2012 to discontinue funding for breast cancer screening by Planned Parenthood.
Toborcia Bedgood performs a mammogram to screen for breast cancer at the Elizabeth Center for Cancer Detection in Los Angeles in 2010.
May 31, 2013 Mastectomies have become increasingly popular for women with breast cancer. That's a big turnaround from the 1980s, when women abandoned mastectomy in favor of breast-saving lumpectomy.
Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy after genetic testing has prompted a discussion about which other tests should be covered.
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May 28, 2013 Inherited mutations of some genes can contribute to breast cancer risk. There are tests for a range of these uncommon mutations, but whether an insurer will pay for them varies, too.
May 21, 2013 Newspaper columnist Regina Brett and her daughter Gabrielle share a genetic risk factor for breast cancer. It's the same one that led Angelina Jolie to have a preventive mastectomy. Before Jolie's very public decision, the Bretts struggled with their own.
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