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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 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…

Apparently yes… but before you buy stock in Bayer or stock up on years’ worth of aspirin at Costco, let me give you the result of some pooled (meaning statistically conjoined) studies: A recent article published in the medical journal Lancet analyzed 8 aspirin trials which included a total of 25,570 patients. Most of the…

Data obtained from the well-known Nurses’ Health Study show that weight loss after menopause does indeed decrease the risk of breast cancer. This study began in 1976, at which time it enrolled over 120,000 female, married, registered nurses who were, at the time, between the ages of 30 and 55. These women have been followed…

A vaccination against 4 types of human papilloma virus or HPV (two that cause venereal warts and two associated with 70% of cervical cancers) has received FDA approval and has been marketed by Merck under the brand name of Gardasil. Pediatricians, internists and gynecologists have been giving the series of three shots to girls and…

This is a Stage 0 (not invasive) breast cancer. Today DCIS constitutes 20% of all diagnosed breast cancers. The in situ means that the cancer cells have not penetrated the basement membrane (think surrounding perimeter) of the breast ducts. This very early malignancy is now found much more frequently than in the past because of…

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