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My breasts hurt. Should I be worried?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
If you have breast pain, you are not alone. Breast pain, also known as mastalgia, is common and accounts for 45-70% of breast-related health care visits. The good news is that most causes of breast pain are benign (non-cancerous) and usually related to hormonal changes in your body or something as simple as a poor fitting bra. Breast pain varies a lot from person to person and may feel like a dull ache, tenderness, burning sensation, sharp pain or just a sense of uncomfortable fullness. To understand what causes breast pain and what to do about it, it is important to understand a little bit about the different types of breast pain.

Should I ask my doctor for an MRI?

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Mammography is the main test used to find breast cancer in women who don’t have symptoms and is the only screening test that has been shown to reduce the number of women who die from breast cancer by about 30%. (A screening test is a test used to find a disease in people who don’t have signs or symptoms of the disease.)  However, breast MRI is the most sensitive method of finding breast cancer, especially in women who are at a very high risk for breast cancer, like women who have a ≥20-25% chance of developing breast cancer in their life. 

Should I get a tomosynthesis instead of just a mammogram?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

3D mammography, or digital breast tomosynthesis, has been shown by many research studies to improve the results of mammography when compared to usual 2D digital mammography. If a woman chooses to have mammography, she should have the best possible outcome and that means 3D instead of 2D in almost all cases. 

What Can I Do to Reduce My Odds of Being Diagnosed with Breast Cancer?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Breast cancer is common in the United States and other developed countries, with one in eight women being diagnosed during their lifetime.  The most common breast cancer risk factors are related to estrogen exposure over the course of our lifetime. A Western lifestyle increases these risk factors. Here is my best advice for optimizing your odds against this common disease.

Knowing Your Breast Cancer Risk

Monday, October 17, 2016

Do you ever wonder how likely you are to be diagnosed with breast cancer? Unfortunately, breast cancer is very common. The average woman in the United States has about a 12%, or 1 in 8, chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Dr. Jennifer Harvey explains the risk factors that could cause breast cancer. 

Relax it’s not that bad! Clearing Up the Confusion Surrounding Your Mammogram

Monday, September 12, 2016

It’s that time of year, and you need to make your screening mammogram appointment and anxiety begins!

There are many questions and misconceptions for women when considering scheduling their mammogram. This blog will discuss some of the questions women have asked me over the years and, hopefully my responses will offer a level of comfort and understanding of the mammography experience.

“Only two breasts per person! Thank goodness for that!” Some thoughts on breast density (BD) and breast density notification (BDN)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Thank God we have two breasts!

Why do I say that? Yikes, can you imagine, as a patient, undergoing a multi-breast mammography, or, as the radiologist, having to read more images for every screening patient? And what if there’s an odd number of breasts and they do not all look similar? How can we tell what is normal for that particular woman?

Important Takeaways from the World’s Largest Breast Imaging Meeting

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Earlier this month the Society of Breast Imaging held the 2016 SBI ACR Breast Imaging Symposium in Austin, TX. Over 900 breast imagers gathered to discuss the latest science and techniques in the field. All came with the same goal: to improve the care they provide their patients. Breast imagers are clinicians whose number one priority is excellent patient care.  

Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Screening

Friday, March 18, 2016
I get this weird phone call every July from my mom. “Do I really have to?” “Yes, mom, you do. Each and every single year.” My mom absolutely abhors mammograms, and she calls me every summer asking me if she really needs her annual mammogram, especially as she grows older.

Confused about mammography screening? Don’t be, here are the FACTS

Monday, February 29, 2016
You might be wondering…when should I get my first mammogram? 40? 45? 50? And then once I get it how often should I get one, every year? Every other year? Too many organizations are recommending too many different things about when to begin and how often to get a mammogram. So if you are confused you have good reason to be.
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The Society of Breast Imaging‘s goal for its initiative End the Confusion is to provide evidence based information on breast cancer screening. We will continue to provide information and resources as well as our views on the latest breast cancer screening news so we encourage you to regularly visit the website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@BreastImaging). Hopefully we have addressed and will continue to address any and all confusion you experience when it comes to breast cancer screening. 

*The Society of Breast Imaging welcomes contributions from guest bloggers. If you would like to be a guest blogger, please review the guidelines here and email your blog post to info@sbi-online.org.*


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