When Angelina Jolie opted to undergo a double mastectomy and then publicize it in 2013 after genetic testing revealed she carried the BRCA1 gene, it sparked a lot of conversations about genetic testing and ultimately led to an increase in breast removal surgeries. With 1 in 8 women developing breast cancer, many women and their families ask questions such as… What causes breast cancer? How much do genetics impact the risk for developing breast cancer? The cancer experts at Sarah Cannon, our cancer institute, are here to answer questions for you or a loved one. Learn about the role of genetics in… Read more.
Dr. Erika Hamilton, Associate Director, Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute – the research arm of our global cancer enterprise, Sarah Cannon – was featured on CNN today regarding the American Cancer Society’s new screening guidelines just released. New screening guidelines state that women should begin getting mammograms at age 45 instead of 40 and all women can forego routine manual breast checks by physicians. One of the reasons surrounding these changes are that mammograms have a fairly high false-positive rate and the chance of false-positives increase under age 45 as women in this… Read more.
Dr. Erika Hamilton, Associate Director of the Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute – the research arm of our global cancer enterprise, Sarah Cannon – was featured on Fox News in August to discuss a study released on DCIS, early stage breast cancer. DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ), commonly referred to as “stage zero breast cancer”, is an abnormal collection of cancer cells inside the milk ducts of the breasts. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 60,000 women are diagnosed with DCIS each year. That’s one out of five new breast cancer… Read more.
Cancer does not discriminate. Young or old, rich or poor, healthy or inactive, more than one million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. For women, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer (behind skin cancer) in the nation. In fact, one out of eight American women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. That’s why the conversation on breast cancer is front and center every October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Understanding breast cancer is important. The annual campaign to increase awareness, raise funds and educate people on detection, diagnosis and… Read more.
One out eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This October, take some time to revisit the facts about breast cancer and make the healthiest decision for you. Whether you make the decision to talk with your doctor or to help raise awareness by sharing information with your friends, everyone can do something small to help fight breast cancer. We’ve put together a short video below that highlights some of the facts about breast cancer that everyone should know.
October is breast cancer awareness month and gives us an opportunity to reflect on the steps you can take to both prevent and fight breast cancer. Below is an infographic that Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center put together with some helpful information on mammograms.