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Breast Health: More Than Just Mammograms
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Breast Health: More Than Just Mammograms

When it comes to staying abreast of your breast health, regular mammograms are lifesavers, detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages when it’s highly treatable.   That said – mammograms can’t prevent cancer.  While there is still no known way to prevent the disease – research indicates that maintaining good health overall lowers your risk. For...

What is a Breast Ultrasound?
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What is a Breast Ultrasound?

A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to create a picture of the internal structures of the breast called a sonogram. Unlike an x-ray, an ultrasound does not use radiation. Ultrasound captures images in real time, showing structure and movement of internal organs as well as blood flow. Breast ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure, frequently used...

Mammography Guidelines for Transgender Patients
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Mammography Guidelines for Transgender Patients

While we tend to think of access to screening mammography as  a woman’s issue  the reality is more complex. Transgender patients – regardless if they were biologically or phenotypically male or female at birth – can also be at risk for the disease, and often lack access to mammographic breast cancer screening. Medical professional theorize...

What You Need to Know About Ultrasound
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What You Need to Know About Ultrasound

There are very few medical procedures without risks – but a standard diagnostic ultrasound poses no known risk to humans. Ultrasound is a radiation-free procedure Unlike X-rays, ultrasounds don’t emit radiation. An ultrasound scan  – also known as sonography – uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image inside the body.  The resulting image is...

Mammography and Breast Density: What You Need to Know
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Mammography and Breast Density: What You Need to Know

We know that screening mammograms detect breast cancer in its earliest stages when it’s still treatable.  However, in women with dense breasts, breast cancer can be harder to detect. So what happens when your mammography report indicates that you have dense breast tissue – and why does it matter? Breast density can only be determined...

Mammography and You: Do I Really Need a Mammogram?
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Mammography and You: Do I Really Need a Mammogram?

Are you a woman? If so, then yes, you need a mammogram. Simply being born with two X chromosomes puts you at ‘average risk’ for breast cancer – and that risk only increases with age. 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer over an 80-year lifespan.  The American College of Radiology (ACR) recommends that...