Learn about Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)

Learn about Automated Breast Ultrasound which also goes by the acronym ABUS

Author: Dr. Caroline Reich What is ABUS? ABUS stands for Automated Breast Ultrasound. Ultrasound is a technology that creates images using reflected sound waves and has been used for decades in breast imaging. While not as sensitive as mammography, ultrasound provides some advantages that are helpful to supplement mammography screening. Ultrasound is superior to mammography […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – The Race is On!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Upon Us!

Author: Dr. Barbara Sullivan It’s October again, and the stadium lights are shining bright at the local high school. College game day is every Saturday, and pumpkin spice is served at Starbucks. I also see a lot of pink, signifying breast cancer awareness month is here! 20 Years of Supporting the Fight Against Breast Cancer […]

How Does It Feel? Learning To Recognize Malignant Breast Lumps

In the United States, one in eight women will develop breast cancer throughout her lifetime, and over two thousand men per year are likewise afflicted. This is not only the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women; it’s also one for which the risk increases with age. The older you are, the more likely you are […]

If I Do Self-Exams, Do I Need a Mammogram?

Our self-care routines may not always be perfect, but we strive to do our best by scheduling our annual exam, applying sunscreen, eating well (with a few treat yourself days in between, of course), doing a face mask or two, and looking after our health. Staying informed on our personal healthcare guides our routine and […]

5 Myths About Breast Cancer and the Truth Behind Them

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this time, individuals and organizations will come together to educate, encourage, and inspire people to grow in their awareness of the problem and the ways in which they can support the breast cancer community. In addition to raising awareness about the importance of self-checks and screenings, this month […]

Defining Breast Cancer

You may think you know what breast cancer is, but this one condition covers a myriad of terms, types, and classifications that are complicated to understand. Each of these refers to the quantity, size, spread, location, of cancerous cells and tumors. These details are important for providing accurate treatment and prognosis for breast cancer patients. […]

Dense Breasts: What You Should Know

You have probably heard about heterogeneously dense breasts and may be wondering what it is. We are here to unravel that for you. Let’s begin by telling you what your breasts are made up of. Breasts consist of fibrous tissues, fatty tissues, and glandular tissues. The glandular tissues are responsible for producing milk, while the […]

Control What You Can: Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

The thing that most women find so scary about breast cancer is that a diagnosis appears to be completely random, and the older we become, the stronger the risk of breast cancer. With knowledge comes power, learn the risk factors associated with breast cancer, those you can control and those you can not.  What Are […]

A Normal BMI Doesn’t Clear Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Unbelievably, there are almost 4 million women in the United States that have a history of breast cancer. Breast cancer is, in fact, the most common cancer diagnosis for women. Many of us have encouraged friends or family members who have bravely fought breast cancer. It may even be a disease we fear that we […]

COVID-19 and the Impact on Breast Cancer Diagnoses

While diagnosed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise around the country, certain diagnosed cases of cancer are on the decline, including breast cancer. On the surface, this seems like an amazing development and celebration-worthy accomplishment in the fight against breast cancer! But, a closer look reveals the truth behind this decrease lies in a dramatic […]

Breast Cancer And Mammograms In Mississippi

In Mississippi, over 400 women die from breast cancer every year. However, 60% of all cancer incidents are treatable. This means while the road to recovery might be slow, it is surely possible. So, why is the breast cancer mortality rate so high in our state? This is most likely due to a lack of […]

Breast Cancer… Myths, Rumors, and Guilt

The last thing a woman needs in her life is more guilt, especially when either facing a breast cancer diagnosis or simply getting a breast cancer screening. In the world of information overload it’s easy to overthink things and begin to wonder if there is something you could be doing or could have done differently […]

5 Less Common Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer

The term “breast cancer” is enough to fill a woman’s head with many thoughts. But what causes breast cancer? What symptoms and signs are associated with breast cancer? And what do you do if you find a lump in your breast? Perhaps you’re instantly reminded of a friend who’s currently undergoing chemo or radiation. Or, […]

Encouragement for Getting Your Next Mammogram

The fact of the matter is – no one looks forward to medical testing, particularly when the testing may have a result the patient may not want to hear. This is one of the number one reasons that patients put off necessary tests such as colonoscopies and mammograms, even though they could be life-saving diagnostics. […]

What To Know Before You Get A Mammogram

One of the best tools in your women’s health toolbox should be preventative care, notably receiving regular mammograms, a valuable screening tool that serves to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities. You have several choices when it comes to what type of diagnostic mammogram to receive, including the latest in mammogram technology, a 3D diagnostic […]

Learning About Dense Breasts

It’s not uncommon for a woman to go to her yearly mammogram appointment, only to be told she needs further testing, such as an ultrasound. This can be quite frightening, but in many cases women are sent for further testing because they simply have dense breasts. While this provides some momentary relief, there are some […]

Do You Have a Higher Risk of Breast Cancer?

Our radiologist at The Woman’s Clinic is seeing an increase in breast cancer in younger women. In many cases, a breast cancer diagnosis is linked to a family history of breast cancer and dense breast tissue. In light of this, it is important to know your family’s medical history and share that information with your […]

Besides the Lumps

The most common sign of breast cancer is a new, painless lump with irregular edges. For this reason, self-breast examinations have long been touted as a good way to catch breast cancer early. While self-exams are still a good idea, some cancers do not present as lumps or the lump is painful or uncharacteristically symmetrical. […]

Stop In The Name of Life

In the U.S., breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women with a one in eight chance of getting the disease. As prevalent as it is, the survival rate of breast cancer itself is high. Most breast cancer patients don’t die from the primary tumor but from the spread of cancer cells […]

When You Start Getting Mammograms, Make Sure They’re 3D

Routine, preventive care mammograms are a standard in women’s health care, but new research is showing that 3D mammograms are actually more beneficial for cancer screening than others. The American Cancer Society recommends that doctors present mammograms to their patients beginning at age 40, but by 45 they should be routine and done once per […]

3D Isn’t Just The Latest Trend

It becomes increasingly more important as you age to keep tabs on your health and ensure that you make time for yearly wellness exams. In addition to routine exams, doctors recommend adding mammograms to the list of annual tests once you reach your 40s. Doctors have been using traditional mammography for many years, but the […]

Now In 3D

The doctors and staff of The Woman’s Clinic are proud to announce 3D mammography is now available at both the Jackson and Madison offices. This technology brings with it great promise in the ongoing fight against breast cancer. The Woman’s Clinic is on the cutting edge of this technology, as we are the first private […]

Mammograms – When Should I Start?

Who would have ever thought that the idea of mammograms would be controversial? There are many voices on the subject with varied opinions and women’s groups who advocate for those differing stands. The doctors at The Woman’s Clinic believe the life-saving procedure is warranted every year starting at age 40 for women with average risk […]

Too Young For Mammograms?

Yearly breast exams don’t traditionally begin until a woman reaches the age of 40, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have your breasts examined regularly. In fact, most doctors recommend that by the age of 20 women practice self examination on a monthly basis. In addition, your yearly gynecological check up should include an examination […]

What Does My Mammogram Have To Do With Heart Disease?

A recent study has made a very interesting finding in women’s health screenings. The study found that almost 70 percent of mammograms that show breast arterial calcification (hardening of the arteries) correlated with the presence of hardened heart arteries. Why is this finding so important? In the future, women may be able to get “two […]

How Much Does Lifestyle Contribute to Breast Cancer Risk?

It is estimated that 250,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. This statistic is amazing considering self breast exams can be performed monthly and that there are diagnostic screenings available for women at higher risk for breast cancer. Risk factors of breast cancer for the average women include age, smoking history, […]

Can Mammograms Help Detect Heart Disease?

Women’s health and annual health screenings are often focused towards mammograms and PAP smears for means of early detection of cancer and disease. These are crucial tests that save lives every year, and now research shows that your annual mammogram may have the added benefit of also showing your likelihood of developing or having heart […]

Early Detection and Regular Mammograms Still The Best Way To Save Lives

A Netherlands team of researchers has concluded after a large study conducted from 1999-2012, that early detection of breast cancer with regular mammograms is still the best way to save lives. The team studied nearly 174,000 cases of breast cancer. Before 2006, the breast cancer survival rate in the Netherlands was 91%. After 2006, the […]

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 […]

Cutting Through The Clutter

In the Wall Street Journal dated today, April 2, there is yet another article calling in to question the validity of regular mammograms. This comes on the heels of a large Canadian study that found that regular mammograms did not effect the death rates from breast cancer. The focus of the studies seem to weigh […]