Tag - womens’ health

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A Mammogram Update: New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines
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Moms Get Your Mammos (With a Clarification)
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Moms, Get Your Mammograms

A Mammogram Update: New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Back in May 2015 I wrote a post entitled Moms, Get Your Mammograms.   I gave some (hopefully!) clear advice about when to obtain a first (baseline) mammogram and when to get clinical and self breast exams, because the information out there is confusing.  It’s conflicting.  Even the medical community grapples repeatedly with the when-and-how-often of screening.  And they have done it again:  in October of 2015, the American Cancer Society (ACS) released an updated set of guidelines regarding breast cancer screening.   So I’d like to share with you some of the new recommendations, focusing on the information we women…

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Moms Get Your Mammos (With a Clarification)

A reader brought to my attention an error I made in my post Moms, Get Your Mammograms.  The letter you receive with your mammogram results should come from the imaging center where you had your mammogram done, not from your practitioner (physician, etc.) who ordered it.  That said, you may still receive a phone call or a letter from your physician’s office with the results. I apologize for the mistake!

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Moms, Get Your Mammograms

Even though it is May, not October (when pink ribbons pervade everything everywhere) the topic of mammograms is still important.  Certainly to me, as May is my mammo month.  But breast cancer awareness should not be reserved for any singular time of year, it should be a regular, habitual occurrence.  (I don’t really think there should be specific cancer-awareness-months; every month should be all-cancers-awareness month, but now I’m off-topic). It’s easy to think breast cancer affects “older women” and most often it does.  However, younger women are struck with the disease, too.  By younger women I mean mothers of young…

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