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Knowing Your Breast Cancer Risk

Friday, September 27, 2019

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. 

Why are there so many guidelines?

Friday, September 27, 2019

“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 breasts hurt. Should I be worried?

Friday, September 27, 2019
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.

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.

My First Mammogram

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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

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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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