Is it safe to have a screening MRI because of the gadolinium injection?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mammograms are an important part of my yearly check-up. Mammography is the most widely used tool for screening for breast cancer. Screening exams are important tests to find disease before a woman develops symptoms of the breast cancer. Many scientific studies showed that mammography reduced the number of women who die from breast cancer by 30%. However, other tests, in addition to a mammogram are recommended in women who are at high risk; defined as greater than 20% chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime.

Why are there so many guidelines?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

“Last week, I took my family to visit my parents in Michigan.  Surrounded by the crisp reds, oranges, and ambers of the autumn leaves, a light breeze on a crystal clear blue sky day, drinking hot apple cider, as my young kids played in a pumpkin patch with their grandfather, I was talking with my mother.  She had just finished a water aerobics class and post-workout lunch with her friends.  After telling them that I was visiting for the week, and what I do for a living, they were filled with questions regarding all of the confusing information about screening mammograms.  ‘Why are there so many guidelines?  Can’t anybody agree?’” 

My First Mammogram

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A 40-year-old woman describes what it was like to have her first mammogram. 

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?
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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. 

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