Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

“Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer.” By Peggy Orenstein, The New York Times Magazine.

I used to believe that a mammogram saved my life. I even wrote that in the pages of this magazine. It was 1996, and I had just turned 35 when my doctor sent me for an initial screening — a . . . → Read More: Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

Radiation Raises Women’s Risk of Heart Disease Only Slightly

“Radiation Raises Women’s Risk of Heart Disease Only Slightly, Study Finds.” By Denise Grady, The New York Times

Radiation treatment for breast cancer can increase a woman’s risk of heart disease, doctors have long known. But the size of the added risk has not been clear. In treating a patient for breast cancer, Dr. Silvia . . . → Read More: Radiation Raises Women’s Risk of Heart Disease Only Slightly

Report Faults Priorities in Studying Breast Cancer

“Report Faults Priorities in Studying Breast Cancer.” By Denise Grady, The New York Times

Too little of the money the federal government spends on breast cancer research goes toward finding environmental causes of the disease and ways to prevent it, according to a new report from a group of scientists, government officials and patient advocates . . . → Read More: Report Faults Priorities in Studying Breast Cancer

New 3-D mammograms have benefits, risks

“New 3-D mammograms have benefits, risks.” By Liz Szabo, USA Today

USA TODAY’s Liz Szabo asked screening experts to talk about the risks, limitations and potential benefits of a new screening method, the new 3-D mammogram. The technology, called tomosynthesis, provides three-dimensional images of the breast by using a technology similar to CT scans, or . . . → Read More: New 3-D mammograms have benefits, risks

Book Review — “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History”

Exhaustively researched and highly readable, science journalist Florence Williams’ latest book describes the remarkable and largely uncharted ecology of women’s breasts. Yes, ecology. It turns out that human breasts are in fact a complex and adaptable ecosystem, with a unique ability to tune in and respond to the world around them. Research has only . . . → Read More: Book Review — “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History”