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Facts Every Woman Should Know About Breast Cancer

Mostly this is due to the recent report released by the United States Preventive Service Task Force which, amongst other things, recommended biennal screening mammography beginning at age 50 instead of age 40 and discouraged applying breast self-exams. Immediately, these recommendations were challenged by The American Cancer Society, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Breast Disease, and the Susan B. Komen Foundation, just to name a few.

Digital Mammography: The Next Weapon In The Fight Against Breast Cancer

Mammograms are all about early cancer detection. The earlier you catch the cancer, the earlier the patient can be treated and the more likely there will be a successful outcome. Providing our patients with the latest technology is the best thing we can do for them. Over the last several years, the trend in radiology has been to move away from traditional films and towards digital, computerized films. The last modality to make the switch has been mammography. Until recently, traditional films were considered the best resolution for detecting cancer.

Radiologists: The Doctor You Should Get To Know

I recently learned of an interesting statistic. A survey was conducted in Miami, Florida and Burlington, Vermont where random people were asked what it is that radiologist does. Greater than 40% of people didn’t know radiologists are doctors. Hearing this, I was reminded of a story. My friend in residency told me when he first decided to go into radiology, his father thought he was leaving medicine and wanted to fix radios. Although this may seem silly to some people, not everybody may know about the medical specialty of radiology.

Find Out If You Are At Risk Of Bone Loss

Often there are no symptoms until fractures actually occur. In the United States, over 28 million people at this moment are at high risk of developing osteoporosis. Up to 1.5 million fractures a year are attributable to osteoporosis. This is this especially important for women because women are at greatest risk. One third of Caucasian women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis, yet nearly 80% remain undiagnosed. A post menopausal woman has three times the likelihood of suffering an osteoporotic spine or femur fracture compared to a man of the same age.

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