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MSK Guidelines Won’t Change: Average-Risk Women Should Start Mammograms at Age 40

“Women’s confusion over when to start breast cancer screening just continues to grow,” says Memorial Sloan Kettering Breast Imaging Chief Elizabeth Morris in response to the release of new guidelines by the American Cancer Society (ACS) on October 20.
MSK Breast Imaging Chief Elizabeth Morris helps a patient through her first digital mammogram. Most mammograms today are done with units such as this one, which generate much more vivid and precise pictures than older film screening technology can.
The ACS recommendations have ignited controversy and left countless women yet again wondering, Am I doing the right thing?
“The bottom line — and what …


Specific Needs Sites

There are those of us who have specific needs over and above the needs we all have for breast cancer information, support and resources.
This post is about some of the breast cancer sites that offer guidance to women with specific needs.
When a woman who has children at home is diagnosed with breast cancer, she has special issues and concerns that women with grown children do not have.
There is a site…breastcancermoms.com that helps women speak to their children, whatever their ages, about breast cancer.
Some women of color often have specific issues around breast cancer such as limited access to screening and …


Breast Cancer Advances and Women Over 65

A study out of MD Anderson, published in the Nov. 7, 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, finds that patients 65 and older are not seeing the same decline in death rates from breast cancer as younger patients.
The study found significant shifts in breast cancer mortality over time. In 1980-84, women aged 75 and older had the lowest 10-year risk of breast cancer death (24 percent) while the risk ranged from 29 percent to 31 percent for those younger than 75. However, by 1995-97, the 10-year risk of breast cancer death was 17.3 percent for women 75 and …


Reach to Recovery

We all know that it is so difficult to handle a breast cancer diagnosis and face treatment. Even under the best circumstances when family is the pinnacle of supportive, there is rarely something there for you who knows exactly how you feel. Imagine how much more comforting and understanding someone could be who has gone through exactly what you are facing? How would you find such a support system?
I recently found out that The American Cancer Society runs a fantastic outreach program for breast cancer patients called Reach to Recovery. Through this program, breast cancer patients anywhere from the time …


Mammograms Do Catch Earlier Stage Breast Cancers

Will we ever get past the fallout and problems related to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) revised guidelines, issued a few years ago?
You know the ones; the ones suggesting that women 40-49 discuss the risks and benefits of having annual mammograms with their doctors and then deciding whether or not to have annual screenings.
Being told that annual mammograms might not be necessary until 50 is all some women in the 40-49 year range have to hear to give themselves permission to skip out on the anxiety and discomfort of annual mammograms.
Despite this report by USPSTF, the American Cancer …


Food for Thought

The American Cancer Society recently released the results of a new study on diet and exercise and the effect it can have on cancer recurrence. Read more about the newest guidelines for cancer survivors here.
For me, one of the most interesting points was mentioned in the Q&A section:
Should cancer survivors include soy-based foods in their diet?
Soy foods are an excellent source of protein and can be a good option for meals without meat. Soy contains many phytochemicals, some of which have weak estrogen activity and seem to protect against hormone-dependent cancers in animal studies. Other compounds in soy have antioxidant …


Cutest Cookie Sandwiches

This week at Boston Bakes everyone is putting their best dessert forward. From cakes, cookies, pies and more, I decided to join the trend and talk about a gadget that will make some real tasty desserts, and it will take only minutes!
from cuisipro.com
Summer is well on it’s way and as I’m daydreaming of long days at the beach I can’t help but think about the ice cream truck that will soon be ringing it’s bell for all the kids to hear. Ice cream cookie sandwiches were always one of my favorite treats from the ice cream truck. The Cuisipro Mini …


The Cost of Mammograms is Not Always the Issue

Those of us who get annual mammograms want to believe that those who don’t are uninsured and cannot afford the out-of-pocket cost of paying for one.
Not true said researchers in a report to the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in December 2010.
According to the research report, about half of the women whose insurance pays for mammograms get annual screenings. Medical claims from more than 1.5 million women aged 40 and older showed that only 50% of the women had annual mammograms in the years 2006 to 2009.
Breaking out these statistics by age group, researchers reported that among women 40 to …


Living Well Beyond Cancer

The Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Survivors
“Exercise is important for everyone, but there is evidence that shows it might be especially important for cancer survivors.”
— Jennifer Ligibel, MD
–>Getting regular exercise may provide key benefits for cancer survivors. Dr. Jennifer Ligibel from Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center discusses new research findings. (Runtime: 6:55)  view video

Exercise Promotes Healthy Survivorship
Studies suggest that cancer survivors who exercise regularly may feel better, have less fatigue, and experience fewer symptoms after treatment, compared to those who do not get regular exercise. Researchers at Dana-Farber continue …