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Before I address the debate about when to start, how often to get, and when to stop mammograms, I want to emphasize that mammography screening saves lives. As many of you read or heard on the news, the United States Preventative Task Force (USPTF), an independent board of physicians and experts appointed by the Department…

This new guideline has been widely reported in the news and has received a plethora of media attention. I’ve also been asked by patients how this will impact my advice… so I thought I would devote this week’s article to the subject of breast cancer screening. First, just the facts: Breast cancer is the most…

I have on-going discussions with patients who have been on hormone therapy for more than five years as to whether they should continue or stop. There is a valid concern about a potential increase in risk of breast cancer with long term estrogen and progestin therapy. (The use of estrogen only in women who have…

This week every newspaper (that I read) featured an article that appeared in the March 17th JAMA issue. It raised questions about the reliability of breast biopsies and whether recommendations for therapy should be solely based on a single biopsy “reading”. As usual, after the attention grabbing headlines, certain details were missing (or discussed at…

We all have had dense breasts (although a better word would be “firm”) from puberty into our early 40s. Most women know what I mean… perky comes to mind, and when we actually looked good in a T-shirt without a bra (when we did purchase a bra, we looked for one that was low cut…

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