Breast Health

mammograms

Mammograms – The Hundred Shades of Gray…

By Dixie Mills, MD The questions and answers around mammograms are muddy to say the least. The debate about their use can get quite heated and more emotional than one would think for a medical screening test. No one really gets up in arms about chest x-rays or blood draws. Unfortunately, the science around mammograms […]

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What Does It Mean If My Breast Hurts

What Does It Mean If My Breasts Hurt?

Breast pain is a mysterious thing, and I have been intrigued at what the underlying causes could be for more than a decade now.  In fact, when I was in Boston, a nutrition colleague and I wrote a large grant proposal designed to help us identify causes and treatments, and to see if there was […]

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abnormal mammogram

What Do I Do if I Have an Abnormal Mammogram?

Let’s face it — mammograms are uncomfortable and awkward. The last thing you want to hear after having one is that something is “abnormal,” and the doctor wants a repeat mammogram or a more complete “work-up”. But don’t panic — this doesn’t mean you have breast cancer, it simply means there is something more to […]

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breast lump

What Do I Do if I Have a Breast Lump?

A breast lump is something no woman wants to find, but it’s important not to panic if you feel something suspicious in your breast. The first thing to do is take a deep breath, and keep breathing. Most women seem to find a breast lump just by chance, or something draws them to it — […]

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diagnosed breast cancer

What Do I Do if I’ve Been Diagnosed with Breast Cancer?

Few things are as universal for women as the fear of hearing the words, “You have breast cancer.” I know that the moments, days and weeks after receiving a diagnosis can be terrifying and confusing. You’re probably wondering where to turn and what you should do next. I’ve helped many women deal with the aftermath […]

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Do I Have to Take Tamoxifen

Do I Have to Take Tamoxifen?

This is one of the most common questions I am asked by women who have received a breast cancer diagnosis.  This is encouraging to me, because now informed women are questioning the side effects of this pill, which is the most widely prescribed oral medication for breast cancer. Tamoxifen has an interesting history. It is […]

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