Breast Cancer

Nov 01, 2021 Issue
Breast Implants: Common Questions and Answers [Article]

Breast implants are used for a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive purposes. In addition to breast augmentation, implants can be used for postmastectomy breast reconstruction, correction of congenital breast anomalies, breast or chest wall deformities, and male-to-female top surgery. Breast im...

Aug 01, 2021 Issue
Breast Cancer Treatment [Article]

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in women worldwide, and the second most common cause of death from cancer in women in the United States. Risk assessment tools can identify the risk of breast cancer, and patients at high risk may be candidates for risk-reducing medications. Th...

Apr 1, 2021 Issue
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis for Breast Cancer Screening [Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know]

There is currently not enough evidence to replace digital mammography with digital breast tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening in women at average or high risk.

Jan 15, 2021 Issue
Twenty-Year Follow-Up of Women's Health Initiative Trials: Lower Breast Cancer Mortality with Estrogen Alone, No Difference with Estrogen Plus Progesterone [POEMs]

The cumulative 20-year follow-up report from the Women's Health Initiative hormone therapy trials found significantly lower breast cancer incidence and mortality among postmenopausal women who previously took conjugated equine estrogen (CEE; Premarin) alone (with a prior hysterectomy) than in women who took a placebo.

Jan 1, 2021 Issue
Breast Cancer Screening: Common Questions and Answers [Article]

Breast cancer is the most common nonskin cancer in women. Numerous risk factors are associated with the development of breast cancer, and a validated risk assessment tool can be used to determine individual risk and guide screening decisions. This article summarizes screening recommendations for average-risk women, as well as the use of supplemental screening in women with risk factors or dense breasts.

Jun 1, 2020 Issue
Supplemental MRI Screening in Women with Very Dense Breasts Reduces Interval Cancer Rate but May Cause Overdiagnosis [POEMs]

Supplemental MRI screening for women with very dense breasts compared with mammography alone every two years significantly reduces the likelihood of an interval cancer, from 5 per 1,000 to 2.5 per 1,000 in the intention-to-treat population and to 0.8 per 1,000 in the per-protocol population.

Mar 15, 2020 Issue
Medication Use to Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The USPSTF recommends that clinicians offer to prescribe risk-reducing medications, such as tamoxifen, raloxifene, or aromatase inhibitors, to women who are at increased risk for breast cancer and at low risk for adverse medication effects.

Mar 15, 2020 Issue
Medication Use to Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer [Putting Prevention into Practice]

E.F., a 40-year-old woman, comes to your office for a routine gynecologic visit. She is not taking any medications and is generally healthy. She is sexually active, and her last menstrual period started 10 days ago.

Mar 15, 2020 Issue
Integrating Breast Cancer Risk Management into Primary Care [Editorials]

It is important that primary care physicians have the ability and resources to identify women eligible for genetic counseling and testing for breast cancer.

Feb 15, 2020 Issue
Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The USPSTF recommends that primary care clinicians assess women with a personal or family history of breast, ovarian, tubal, or peritoneal cancer or who have an ancestry associated with breast cancer susceptibility 1 and 2 (BRCA1/2) gene mutations with an appropriate brief familial risk assessment tool.

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