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The Mammography Study Heard ‘Round the World – Dr. Don Wells

For a long time now we have been told that routine mammograms are in invaluable tool in reducing deaths related to breast cancer. But a study recently published in the British Medical Journal calls that belief into question. So is the study right? UT Health radiology expert Dr. Don Wells gets to the bottom of the controversial study on mammography in the latest post to HealthConnection.TV.

Explain the recently published study in the British Medical Journal that calls into question the value of mammograms. Why is this particular study significant? (first question)

We have been told for decades that women should have annual mammograms. So why should we pay attention to this study? (skip to 1:00)

Is there anything about this study, its results or the way that it was conducted that causes you concern or should we take it at face value? (skip to 1:32)

Based on this study, is it fair to say that some breast cancers are being treated through surgery, chemotherapy or radiation that don’t need such aggressive treatment? (skip to 2:47)

What has led to over-treatment of breast cancers? (skip to 3:36)

What possible downside is there to finding breast cancers earlier? (skip to 4:14)

So how do women and their doctors decide what the best treatment is for a diagnosis of breast cancer? (skip to 4:48)

The study dealt with screening mammograms. What about diagnostic mammograms in which a woman may find a lump and her doctor needs to know what it is? (skip to 6:04)

What advice would you give a woman who hears about this study with respect to the value of mammograms? (skip to 6:48)

How do you think this research study may affect women’s health care in the future? What changes might we see? (skip to 8:00)

Breast Cancer: Knowledge is Your Power – Dr. Ed Sauter

When it comes to the subject of breast cancer, the more you know about it the better able you are to deal with it if if happens and the better able you are to avoid it altogether. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast cancer expert Dr. Ed Sauter answers questions on things you should know about breast cancer.

Do we know what actually causes breast cancer? (first question)

What are the risk factors that may increase the likelihood that a woman could develop breast cancer? (skip to 1:12)

As compared to other risk factors, how much do genetic factors influence a woman’s likelihood of developing breast cancer? (skip to 2:17)

What is the link between hormones and breast cancer? (skip to 2:50)

Are there exposures in our environment that may increase the risk for breast cancer? (skip to 3:29)

What choices can a woman make to reduce her risk for developing breast cancer? (skip to 4:15)

Why is alcohol consumption a risk factor for breast cancer? (skip to 5:11)

Beyond a healthy diet, what about eating specific foods, such as soy, nuts, tea, berries, grains and foods that contain high amounts of antioxidant phytochemicals as a means to reduce breast cancer risk? (skip to 5:40)

Bottom line — what is the best overall strategy for reducing breast cancer risk? (skip to 7:27)