Tag Archives: breast cancer screening

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 …


Too Much Breast Cancer Screening?

I came across an article last week about screenings for breast cancer in the UK and whether they cause unnecessary treatment for some women. The recommended screening in the UK is once every three years for women between the ages of 50 and 70. I would recommend reading this very interesting article, which can be found here.
On a day where healthcare is at the forefront of many people’s vote, it is fascinating to see a small glimpse into the healthcare system of a different country and how it may effect breast cancer screening and treatment.

Tags: Breast Cancer, breast cancer screening, healthcare …


The Evolution of Dee Dee Ricks Part 4 Breast cancer gave Dee Dee a new job and mission!

A new mission!
The economy took a downhill turn around the same time Dee Dee Ricks was battling breast cancer. Dee Dee is not one to let things get her down.  She does her best when she piles everything on her plate and makes lemonade out of lemons.    Downsizing, rebuilding a business, caring for her sons and a new mission the fight against breast cancer are now a part of Dee Dee’s life.
Dee Dee does much in the fight against breast cancer.  Although fundraising and being a breast cancer advocate is not her full time job (that belongs to running her …


Half of Insured Women Skip Annual Mammograms

Conflicting Breast Screening Guidelines May Be Partly to Blame, Researchers Say
By Charlene Laino
WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
Dec. 9, 2010 (San Antonio) — Only about half of women whose insurance pays for mammograms go in for annual breast screenings, researchers report.
A review of medical claims from more than 1.5 million women aged 40 and older showed that only 50% had an annual mammogram in the years 2006 to 2009.
Among women aged 40 to 49, 47% had an annual mammogram. For women aged 50 to 64 and 65 and older, the …