With the first days of summer upon us, now is the time people start thinking about beaches, barbecues, boating, working on tans and hopefully, sun protection. But what does sun exposure have to do with breast cancer? The Melanoma-Breast Cancer Link While tanning and sunburns don’t increase breast cancer risk, it does increase risk for [...]
While general information on breast cancer shows up in mainstream media all the time, it’s pretty rare that genetic testing and the breast cancer gene BRCA are discussed. That’s why we were excited when we heard that the reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians dedicated a whole episode to it last year. In the [...]
In August, the New England Journal of Medicine published an encouraging study on MammaPrint, a 70-gene diagnostic test that seeks to better predict breast cancer recurrence in women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. The genomic test, which was approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2007, can help physicians determine whether chemotherapy, a treatment plan that [...]
A new study, scheduled to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Scientific Session in early April, is making headlines for its groundbreaking finding: digital mammograms appear to detect early signs of heart disease as well as breast cancer. Here’s how it works: calcium buildup in the coronary arteries (the arteries supplying blood to [...]
Last week, the American Cancer Society—one of the leading cancer non-profits in the United States—updated their guidelines to recommend women begin receiving mammograms at age 45 instead of age 40. As a longtime breast surgeon and the founder of The Maurer Foundation, an organization dedicated to education on the importance of early detection and prevention [...]
The Maurer Foundation was recently featured in an online article by Garden City News. The article highlighted our recent program for seniors at Garden City High School for their annual Women’s Health Awareness event. We are happy to say that we have been visiting Garden City High School since 2006! Our interactive programs teach students how [...]
What is Digital Tomosynthesis? Digital tomosynthesis is one of the newer methods of breast imaging used for breast cancer screening. This technology, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, is essentially a three-dimensional kind of digital mammography. What is a Mammogram? In a traditional mammogram, a low-dose x-ray is used to produce an image of compressed breast [...]
Staying on top of monthly breast self-exams and yearly mammograms is one of the best ways to ensure early detection of breast cancer, which is key to having a long and healthy future.
In October, Cancer Research UK, Britain’s largest cancer research non-profit, began studying the effectiveness of a blood test that uses DNA markers to help determine whether or not an individual has cancer.
Since breast health education is our mission here at The Maurer Foundation, let’s go through a brief outline of the various types of breast cancer.