There are many methods of screening for and detecting breast cancer, which can be confusing for patients. Screening and detection methods include mammography, ultrasound, fine needle aspiration, core needle biopsy, and breast magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. The Breast MRI is currently one of the most controversial methods of screening for breast cancer.Read More
Nicole and her girlfriends went for their annual mammogram. It was always more fun to do it in a group. Although they were all in their young 40s and the government is trying to tell them not to have a mammogram till they turn 50, they listened to the advice of their physicians and have been getting screening mammograms since they turned 40. Nicole’s mammogram had some microcalcifications, small pieces of calcium that are deposited from breast tissue. Most often, fibrocystic breast changes can cause calcium deposits, but on occasion, the calcium can be deposited by cancer. Nicole had a core needle biopsy and was told she had Ductal Carcinoma In Situ. Nicole had breast cancer, or so she thought. Her friend Amber, who knows everything, said that Nicole did not have cancer, that DCIS is a benign growth. Well, does Nicole have cancer? Is DCIS cancer?
Yes. DCIS is cancer. DCIS can recur after excision. DCIS can transform into a malignant tumor. Cure rates are as high as 98%, but 2% still succumb to the disease. Thus, DCIS is cancer, but benign cancer, as opposed to malignant cancer, which can spread throughout the body.Read More Angelina Jolie, Breast cancer, Breast cancer screening, Breast Cancer Treatment, cancer recurrence, DCIS, Mammography
Geraldine got her mammogram every year. Her first grandchild was born six years ago she wasn’t going to miss a second of her grandbaby’s life, although, the baby’s mom, Laura, had something to say about that. Geraldine just knew that her grandbaby was God’s gift to her or raising Laura, her daughter, right. And Geraldine wanted to be there for her daughter and to play with her grandbaby. So she got her mammogram every year.Read More Breast, Breast cancer, Breast cancer screening, Genetics, Mammography, Real Men Wear Pink
Judy was nearing her 35th birthday. She was excited. Her husband was going to take her to Colorado for an exciting week of rock climbing, river rafting, and fishing. Then, she was sad. She wanted romantic walks in the foothills, expensive dinners with champagne and a night in the honeymoon suite. Men will just never learn.Read More American Cancer Society, Breast cancer, Breast cancer screening, cancer recurrence, emotional recovery, Health, Mammography
Shortly after they celebrated their third year anniversary, Mary Jane and her husband, Alan, made plans to start a family. After a year of trying to conceive, Mary Jane made an appointment with her gynecologist to make sure everything was in working order before she and her husband tried again the next month. During her examination, Mary Jane’s doctor noticed a mass in her breast and scheduled an ultrasound directed biopsy. The lab results revealed cancer. Mary Jane, only 34 years old, was shocked. How could this happen to her at such a young age? What would her husband think? Would they even be able to have children now? Mary Jane was heartbroken.
Julie and her friend Cindy were watching an NFL game and shared the excitement over the pink shoes, pink towels and pink ribbons that were all over the TV set and on the football field.Read More Breast, Breast cancer, Breast cancer screening, Cancer, Mammography, October
Imelda and I will meet with Kim Hansard of Star 102.1 to discuss breast cancer screening, BRCA genetic testing and the American Cancer Society’s Strides Against Breast Cancer.Read More American Cancer Society, BRCA mutation, Breast cancer, Breast cancer screening, Dr. Aaron Margulies, Genetic testing, Imelda G. Margulies, Knoxville Tennessee
“But it hurts! I won’t go!,” retorts Jill in her annual custom. “You’re only squeezed for seconds. It won’t hurt that bad,” comes the quick and customary reply.Read More Breast, Breast cancer, Breast cancer screening, Breast MRI, Cancer, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Magnetic resonance imaging, Mammography
Should a woman keep her breast or should she remove her breast? This is an important, life changing question with no easy answer. The answer, however, is always the right answer. The attached video explains that whether you keep your breast or remove your breast, you are giving yourself the best treatment possible as both treatments are equally effective at treating breast cancer. Please watch the video for a more thorough discussion on the surgical treatment of breast cancer.Read More Angelina Jolie, Breast cancer, Breast cancer screening, Cancer
Who, exactly, is an expert in breast cancer? An expert in breast cancer is a professional dedicated to the study or practice of breast cancer. An expert can be a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a nurse in the hospital or one of the many physicians that focus their practice on breast cancer.Read More Angelina Jolie, BRCA mutation, Breast cancer, Breast cancer screening, Breast MRI, Mammography, Ovarian cancer