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.
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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Some images of lung cancer are clear cut. But in many others, a nodule on the screen turns out not to be cancer at all.
July 29, 2013 Most people get diagnosed with lung cancer when it's too late to effectively treat it. A federal panel is trying to improve the odds by saying that longtime smokers and former smokers should get annual CT scans to check for lung cancer.
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Cells gathered during a Pap test. Those on the left are normal, and those on the right are infected with human papillomavirus.
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January 3, 2013 Too many women who don't need regular Pap tests are still getting them. Other women who could benefit from the tests aren't getting them, often those are women without health insurance.
Doreen Ramogola-Masire, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Botswana, hopes that a simple, quick screen for cervical cancer with vinegar will catch the disease early and save women's lives.
September 18, 2012 Women with HIV have a high risk of getting cervical cancer, but the traditional screening method for the disease — a pap smear — isn't available in many poor countries. Now doctors have developed a cheap, simple alternative way to detect cervical cancer, and it's saving lives in Africa and Asia.
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Before the colonoscopy begins, it pays to ask your doctor some pointed questions.
June 5, 2012 Before a colonoscopy, ask the doctor about his or her detection rate for polyps. And find out how long, on average, the doctor takes to withdraw the scope from the patient. About 10 minutes is the optimal duration, a recent analysis says.
March 14, 2012 For years, doctors have recommended that women start getting Pap smears every year or two to try to catch signs of cancer early, when it's easiest to prevent and treat. But new guidelines say that testing every three years is a better idea for most women.
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