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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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 Cancer Screenings: What You Should Know

August 11, 2017 | City of Hope

What should you know about breast cancer screening? Whatever your risk level, it’s important to know your options so you can spot abnormalities early and treat them properly. City of Hope's Monique White-Dominguez, D.O., discusses the current options and recommendations.

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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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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 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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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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Earlier, more frequent mammograms equal more false-positive results

March 20, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

Start at 40 or start at 50? Once a year or every other year? These are the questions women — and their doctors — are asking about mammograms as screening guidelines and recommendations are continually revised and debated.

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