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Women Older Than 75 Get Benefits From Mammograms

Breast cancer screening in older women has been a much discussed topic in the past few years. In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that mammograms shouldn’t be encouraged in women ages 75 and older because they might not benefit from the screenings. The USPSTF made this recommendation because no research had shown that these women would benefit from regular mammograms. The USPSTF also recommended that breast cancer screening should start at age 50 instead of 40 and that mammograms should be done every other year instead of every year.

Several medical organizations and advocacy groups, including the American Cancer Society and Breastcancer.org, didn’t agree with the USPSTF conclusions and ignored the recommendations. The recommendations were very controversial and were not widely adopted by doctors. bpic

A study has found that mammography finds breast cancer at earlier stages in older women. Early-stage breast cancer is usually easier to treat than advanced-stage cancer. The study also found that because breast cancers were detected at earlier stages, the number of more advanced-stage cancer went down in older women.

The study was published online on Aug. 5, 2014 by the journal Radiology. Read the abstract of “Improved Prognosis of Women Aged 75 and Older With Mammography-detected Breast Cancer.”

 

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Posted August 31, 2014


Breast Cancer Screening: Making Sense of the Conflicting Guidelines

Patrick Dillon, MD

Screening Mammography

Breast Cancer Incidence by Age

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Posted August 14, 2014

 


 

Genetic Testing: Families with Breast Cancer

Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD

Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

What are the facts about families that have multiple members with breast cancer?

Overall, inherited breast cancer disorders account for a small minority of breast cancers. Genes are the “messages” in each cell of the body that determine the ultimate design of our bodies. Genes can be damaged by the environment. Additionally, people can be born with defects in the genes that remove the body’s defenses against cancers. Only in about 10% of all breast cancer cases is there actually an inherited genetic defect that can be tested. In fact, most cases of breast cancer occur in women who do not have a family history of breast cancer. A complex interplay between environmental and genetic factors affects the development of breast cancer, and all the key factors have not yet been identified.

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Posted August 6, 2014


Male Breast Cancer

Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD 

Medical Editor: Dennis Lee, MD 

Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

How common is male breast cancer?Breast Cancer Does Not Know Gender

Male breast cancer is a rare condition, accounting for only about 1% of all breast cancers. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013, about 2,240 new cases of breast cancer in men would be diagnosed and that breast cancer would cause approximately 410 deaths in men (in comparison, almost 40,000 women die of breast cancer each year). Breast cancer is 100 times more common in women than in men. Most cases of male breast cancer are detected in men between the ages of 60 and 70, although the condition can develop in men of any age. A man’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is about 1/10 of 1%, or one in 1,000.

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Posted August 5, 2014


 

Dr and Patient
Breast Cancer Disparities

Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs

Differences in Screening, Follow-Up, and Treatment

Screening

Screening means looking for cancer before symptoms appear. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Black and white women get mammograms at about the same rate. But more black women have breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast compared with white women when the cancer is found.

Follow-up

When a mammogram shows something is not normal, follow-up tests are needed to see if it is cancer. Compared with white women, more black women take longer to complete these tests after finding out they have a mammogram that is not normal. Waiting longer for follow-up care may lead to cancers that are larger and harder to treat.

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Treatment

After cancer is found, treatment should start as soon as possible. Fewer black women start treatment in a timely way compared with white women. Also, fewer black women get the surgery, radiation, and hormone treatments they need compared with white women.

Ways to Lower Your Risk From Breast Cancer

Get mammograms regularly

If you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40–49 years old, talk to your doctor about when and how often you should have a screening mammogram.

Know your family history of breast cancer

If you have a parent, sibling, or child with breast cancer, ask your doctor how you can lower your risk.

Learn about hormone replacement therapy

Some women use hormone replacement therapy to treat the symptoms of menopause. Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits and find out if hormone replacement therapy is right for you. …
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Posted August 4, 2014


Breast Cancer Highlighted

Breast Cancer Basics — More Screening, Better Treatments Aid Women in Fight Against Breast Cancer
Mammogram

MMS Physician Focus
By Carol Mei, M.D.

Survival Rates

Breast cancer survivors number about 2.5 million in the United States today. The five-year survival for breast cancer patients has improved from 63 percent in the early 1960s to 89 percent today [2009], so there’s much reason for hope in the war against breast cancer. Women can make a difference by playing an active role in the prevention, detection, and management of their cancer. They should adopt healthy lifestyles, abide by the recommended screening guidelines, and seek support services during and after treatment, as needed. …

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Posted August 4, 2014


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