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.

Breast Cancer Screening
What to Know About Dense Breasts and Screening Indications

November 2, 2017 | Kevin Chesley

Every breast is unique, made up of both glandular tissue and fat. The ratio between the two becomes an important factor when it comes to correctly diagnosing the presence of breast cancer.

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So, You Had a Suspicious Mammogram. What’s Next?

October 4, 2017 | Robert Young

A diagnostic mammogram can be quite stressful, but knowing what to expect - and taking the right steps to prepare - can help expedite the process and provide some peace of mind. Learn more from Veronica Jones, M.D., breast cancer surgeon.

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Breast ultrasound: Better screening for more women?

January 4, 2016 | Abe Rosenberg

A just-released study suggests that ultrasound can be as effective as mammograms in detecting breast cancer in women, and even more accurate in some cases.

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Better breast cancer detection at a lower cost: The future may be here

October 20, 2015 | Abe Rosenberg

A new spin on a tried-and-true imaging system could potentially provide more women with superior breast cancer detection at a lower cost.

Although 2-D and, more recently, 3-D digital mammograms (also called tomosynthesis) have been the standard for general breast cancer screening, many experts recommend supplementing the mammogram with a breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) for women at higher risk. Patients who've already been diagnosed with the disease typically also undergo an MRI to help pinpoint the location and size of the tumors.

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Take-away from new breast cancer screening guidelines: It's personal

April 21, 2015 | Nicole White

In light of the new breast cancer screening guidelines, which call for women to have mammograms every other year from age 50 to 74, it's more important than ever for women to understand their individual risk.

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Breast cancer among minorities: Access to care is critical to saving lives

October 13, 2014 | Nicole White

All women are at some risk of developing the disease in their lifetimes, but breast cancer, like other cancers, has a disproportionate effect on minorities. While breast cancer is most common among white women, minority women, especially African-American women, are more likely to die from the disease.

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Sometimes, cancer has a warning sign; know the breast cancer symptoms

October 8, 2014 | Nicole White

Screening for breast cancer has dramatically increased the number of cancers found before they cause symptoms – catching the disease when it is most treatable and curable. If you notice a change in your breast, such as a lump or clear discharge, check with your doctor immediately.

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Mammograms: Screening should be based on individual risk, study says

April 8, 2014 | Nicole White

Breast cancer is the most common cancer, other than skin cancer, among women in the United States. It's also the second-leading cause of cancer death, behind lung cancer. In the past several years, various task force recommendations and studies have questioned the benefits of broad screening guidelines for mammograms, disagreeing over how often to screen, when women should start screening and when they should stop.

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Breast cancer expert puts new mammogram findings into proper context

February 13, 2014 | Tami Dennis

Yet another study is casting doubt about the value of mammograms, eroding the confidence of many women in the value of what has proven to be a lifesaving screening for breast cancer. Mammograms don't actually save lives, a controversial new study contends.

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