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Breast Self-Exam Flyers Now Available in Spanish, Mandarin & French Creole

Doing a regular breast self-exam is one of the most important (and easiest!) ways to detect breast cancer early. And now it’s even easier, with our popular breast self-exam flyer translated into Spanish, Mandarin and French Creole. View these handy flyers online or download them and print them out for yourself or give to friends [...]

Do’s and Don’ts of a Proper Breast Self-Exam

Many women rely strictly on screening mammograms to detect breast cancer. Although mammograms are one of the most effective ways to detect cancer in its earliest stages, they can miss up to 20 percent of breast cancers. Breast self examination (BSE) can be another effective method of early detection, when practiced monthly.  If you haven’t [...]

Breast Implants Linked to Rare Form of Lymphoma

What Do We Know About the Lymphoma-Breast Implant Link? Lymphoma is a blood cancer. The cancer linked to breast implants, known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), is a rare form of lymphoma that is classified as a non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), late-onset symptoms of ALCL, as it relates [...]

Melanoma’s Link To Breast Cancer: What You Can Do

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 [...]

Our Take on the Kardashian Genetic Testing Episode

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 [...]

MammaPrint: Promising Genomic Test Could Help Patients Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Avoid Chemotherapy

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 [...]

New Study Shows Mammograms May Also Detect Heart Disease

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 [...]

Statement from Dr. Maurer: Mammograms Still Recommended at Age 40, Despite American Cancer Society Guideline Change

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 featured in Garden City News

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 [...]

Digital Tomosynthesis: A New Kind of Mammography

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 [...]