10 Things You Should Know About Mammograms (At Any Age)

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Living

Here's what all of us can do.

B.C.'s Protracted Peer Review Promise Bears A Closer Look

Dermod Travis | Posted 01.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

Buried among a spate of bad news announcements that the B.C. government released over the Christmas holidays was an update on a province-wide system for peer reviews of medical scans. The system was to have been operational by 2014, but still isn't in place at three of five health authorities and won't be until mid-2016 at the earliest.

New U.S. Study Pushes Back Age Of First Recommended Mammogram

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Living

They're now recommending starting at age 45.

Women With Multiple Chronic Conditions Are Screened Less Often for Breast Cancer

University of Toronto News | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Women with severe disabilities and multiple chronic conditions are screened for breast cancer less often than women with no disabilities or no chronic conditions, a new study has found.

This Can Detect More Breast Cancer Than Mammograms

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Living

The largest study of its kind to date has shown that three-dimensional imaging finds more breast cancers than traditional mammography alone, according...

The Breast Cancer Foundation That Ignores Science

Alan Cassels | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Living
Alan Cassels

"Mammograms save lives," read the headline from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. My heart sank. Not only is this headline unlikely to be true, it's possibly dangerous. Recent research is adding up to what I would call a wholesale re-questioning of the need for mammography based on the fact that the overall benefits seem to be vanishingly small and the harms -- including unnecessary cancer scares, biopsies and surgeries -- considerable.

The Dangers of Over Diagnosis

Dr Charles Wright | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Charles Wright

Unfortunately, our ability now to test for and find insignificant abnormalities in people often leads to medical interventions that offer little or no benefit but still carry all the potential harms. Harm as a consequence of necessary treatment can be accepted, but exposing healthy people to harm from treatment that they should not have had in the first place is unacceptable.

The Ugly Truth About Mammograms

Dr Charles Wright | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Charles Wright

When first introduced four decades ago, breast cancer screening with mammography was widely regarded as an important tool in the fight against this terrible disease. It is now clear that the benefits of screening mammography have been greatly exaggerated and the serious adverse effects all but ignored in the enthusiasm to support breast screening programs. It's time for these programs to be reconsidered. This is a very unpleasant message for modern developed societies where three generations of women have been led to believe that regular mammograms will save their lives and where an enormous related industry has been built up, but it is time to face the facts.

The Mammography Debate Is Not Over Yet

Marilyn Linton | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

There was quite a storm following the recent Canadian National Breast Screening study finding that mammograms do not prevent death from breast cancer. But the mammogram debate is one that won't end with this particular study.

Mammograms May Give False Positives, But I Still Want Them

Marilyn Linton | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

So annual mammography does not cut breast cancer deaths. This, according to a 25-year Canadian study published this week. So the study makes me wonder: Do you still believe in mammography? The fact that the majority of breast cancers are detectable by mammography is good enough for me. Call me old-fashioned, but let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Why THIS Won't Help You Detect Breast Cancer

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Not all technologies used for mammography are created equal, say researchers, who found one type is far less effective at detecting breast c...

Why Thermography Machines Are Not Approved For Breast Cancer Screenings

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - Health Canada is warning Canadians and their health-care providers that thermography machines are not approved for use in Canada for breast c...

Mammogram Tests Over 50 Can Help — But Can Also Kill

The Associated Press | Maria Cheng, The Associated Press | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Living

LONDON - Breast cancer screening for women over 50 saves lives, an independent panel in Britain has concluded, confirming findings in U.S. and other s...

Do You Know When To Start Getting Mammograms?

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.02.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A new poll suggests women in Ontario are unclear about the age at which they should start undergoing regular breast cancer screening.The pol...

The Latest in Mammogram Technology

Susan Ponting | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Living
Susan Ponting

On the day of my own yearly mammogram, a grumpy technician walks into the cold, dark room and begins, ever so nonchalantly, to wrestle one of my poor boobs into submission and I wince. Yet in spite of the wild indignation that having my breasts squished conjures up in me, I thank God for these technicians and radiologists because without them, we'd all be a lot worse off.

Early Mammograms Can Save Lives

Anne Day | Posted 01.24.2012 | Canada Living
Anne Day

The news this week that the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care is recommending that women under 50 do not receive mammograms and do not receive breast examinations as part of a regular physical examination just horrifies me. If that had been the "rule of the day" over 20 years ago, I would probably be dead now.

New Breast Cancer Guidelines Create Debate And Divide

CBC | Posted 01.21.2012 | Canada Living

Clinical breast exams are no longer routinely recommended for women at average risk of breast cancer, according to new Canadian guidelines. ...

PSA Test: What Some Doctors Don't Want You to Know

Shaun Francis | Posted 12.28.2011 | Canada Living
Shaun Francis

Let me try and boil down what the United States Preventive Services Task Force really is saying about PSA tests: Don't worry, be happy and oblivious. Because the treatment's after-effects can be rough. Don't worry, be happy, do nothing -- even though many of us know someone who has died young from prostate cancer.