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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…

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…

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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