Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.

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What you should know: False-positive mammograms and breast cancer risk

December 14, 2015 | Letisia Marquez

Women who received a false-positive result on a mammogram may be at a slightly elevated risk for developing breast cancer later, a new study has found. But that doesn’t mean panic is in order for the thousands of women each year who receive such a result.

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Meet our doctors: Radiologist Lusi Tumyan on breast cancer screening

October 24, 2014 | Kim Proescholdt

Mammograms are currently the best method to detect breast cancer early, when it's easier to treat and before it's big enough to feel or cause symptoms. But recent mammogram screening guidelines may have left some women confused about when to undergo annual testing.

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Breast cancer risk: 6 things you can do to reduce (not eliminate) risk

October 14, 2014 | Nicole White

The leading risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. The second top risk factor is getting older. Many breast cancer risk factors, such as gender and aging, cannot be controlled. But lacing up for a walk a few times a week can put a dent in breast cancer risk.

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'My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I'd known' – Debbie Brooks

December 8, 2013 | Nicole White

In April of 2012, Debbie Brooks received her regular mammogram – and it turned up no signs of cancer. Debbie Brooks, a breast cancer survivor, shares her advice for others facing a cancer diagnosis. As all women are recommended to do, Brooks remained vigilant, performing regular self-exams.

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Breast cancer screening: Regular exams are crucial (w/VIDEO)

September 29, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

Although better surgical techniques, radiation treatments and chemotherapy regimens have dramatically improved survival odds for breast cancer patients, catching the disease early remains one of the most important factors for better outcomes.

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Breast screening within year of benign biopsy has little benefit

May 4, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

With cancer screening, more isn’t necessarily better. This is especially true for patients after a benign breast biopsy, a new study reports. After a benign breast biopsy, a part of which is shown here, women may not need routine screening for a year, a new study says.

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To fight cancer, get screened – regularly

February 22, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

One in a series of articles about how to reduce the risk of cancer... The adage “you can’t fix what you don’t know is broken” rings particularly true for cancers, where early detection means more effective treatments and better survival odds.

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