How often? When should I start? When can I stop? As a Brem Breast-Imaging Fellow, my patients ask me these questions about screening every day. Breast cancer screening guidelines have always been confusing. But recently they have become even harder to follow. I want my patients – and all women – to have a better sense of how to get properly screened so that they can maximize their chances of finding early, curable breast cancers. Here’s how to make heads and tails of the recent guidelines.
Amanda was always sure she would get breast cancer. After her mother died from the disease in her thirties, three-year-old Amanda was left to begin a waiting game that could have lasted a lifetime - until she decided to rewrite the rules to become a “pre-vivor” who quite literally outran cancer.
A swath of mainstream media lapped up a new study published in the Annals of Medicine. This Danish study claims that there has been widespread “overdiagnosis” of breast cancer. This claim is unfounded and dangerous. The cited study makes three inaccurate and damaging implications.
I am a Brem Breast Imaging Fellow. I spend my days learning the most cutting-edge techniques in breast cancer diagnosis and understanding how to be a compassionate physician. Part of my role includes reaching out to communities by volunteering to support the Brem Foundation’s life-saving work. This year I had the privilege of doing so – but in an unconventional way – at the Redskins’ annual breast cancer awareness game.