Mammograms are a crucial element of early detection of breast cancer, but how frequently women should be getting them has become controversial in the past few years. Biennially or Annually? Early breast cancer screening utilizing mammography has been one of the major factors behind the significant decrease in breast cancer mortality since the 1990s. As [...]
Photo courtesy of Caroline Davis2010 via Flickr. Along with other controllable and uncontrollable risk factors, genetics can play a crucial role in determining breast cancer risk levels. When we talk about genetics in our breast health programs, people often ask if there are specific groups more prone to breast cancer. The answer is yes. Jewish [...]
Prepping your meals ahead of time and making a bagged lunch every day are healthy habits that help improve breast health. As we know from our high school breast health programs, back-to-school time can be a stressful time for parents, teachers, and students. The good news is that it can also be a great opportunity [...]
The FDA is making updates to mammography regulations that were issued under the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938. These important improvements will help ensure that every patient is given feedback concerning their personal mammogram results, as well as additional health information. The FDA has [...]
On July 24th, we were invited to participate in the Long Island Breast Cancer Forum organized by Senator Monica Martinez, Assemblywoman Judy Griffin, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Nassau County Legislator Siela A. Bynoe and Councilwoman Valerie Cartright. We discussed the importance of early detection and breast self-examination. Above, you will find a full video of [...]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttOI2un0PcU Let’s be honest, mammograms probably rank right up there with dental appointments on a list of Americans’ favorite pastimes. When I talk to patients about mammograms, I hear a variety of fears about this simple breast cancer screening procedure, with the most frequent being the level of radiation patients are exposed to. Pregnant women, [...]
Breast cancer risk factors are heavily influenced by sex assigned at birth and hormone levels. So it’s no wonder that one of the top questions we get in our breast health programs is, what about transgender men and women?
Along with English, Spanish, French Creole and Mandarin, our popular “How To Do a Breast Self-Exam (BSE)” flier is now available in Hebrew.
With the holidays right around the corner, now is an opportune time to talk to far-flung relatives about breast cancer, other hereditary cancers, BRCA and any genetic testing your relatives may have received. Between a difficult diagnoses and the public nature of a holiday dinner, though, the topic can be tough to bring up, especially [...]
In March 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first direct-to-consumer genetic test that could identify an increased breast cancer risk. This kit, offered by 23andMe, is administered without a physician’s prescription. How Does 23andMe Test For The BRCA Gene? With 23andMe, consumers mail their saliva sample for laboratory analysis, and their reports [...]