New Guidelines Add Confusion

There are currently three different groups with recommendations on the timing of mammograms. And the three have entirely different recommendations. Confused? Let’s start off by looking at the differences. American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Age 40, yearly. Earlier if you have a strong family history or other preexisting conditions. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force […]

Mixed Messages On Non-invasive Breast Cancer

Earlier this summer the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study suggesting that the current standard treatment for DCIS may be too aggressive. DCIS stands for ductal carcinoma in situ, and occurs when microscopic cancer cells are localized in the ductal system of the breast but haven’t invaded surrounding tissue. Currently, the […]

Will This Year’s Flu Shot Better Protect You?

The CDC wants you to know that this year’s flu shot has a better chance of being effective than last year. And while there is never a guarantee, the misery of last year should motivate you to roll up your sleeve. While everyone over the age of 6 months should consider vaccination, there are several […]