Most Women Get Breast Cancer Gene Testing Without Essential Counseling
Thanks to Angelina Jolie and other cultural forces, many American women are now aware of the BRCA test. But they're still unaware of the genetic counseling that should come with it.
The Unnecessary Mammogram Tech That Costs the U.S. $400 Million a Year
A new study adds ammunition to researchers' argument that doctors should stop using software that's now used in 90 percent of mammograms.
New Mammogram Guidelines Undermine Breast Health for Black Women
Black women and white women in the United States lead very different lives—economically, socially, geographically. And those differences affect their health, but apparently not any of the official recommendations about their health.
Big Pharma Is Keeping Us From Developing Low-Cost Cancer Treatments
Big Pharma’s focus on blockbuster cancer drugs squeezes out research into potential treatments that are more affordable. Says one researcher: "What is scientific and sexy is driven by what can be monetized."
Stuck in Limbo With Breast Cancer as the Obamacare Deadline Looms
In New Jersey, people who believe they’ve qualified for Medicaid coverage under the health reform law might not actually be enrolled.
Female Professionals of 1970s Face Higher Risk of Breast Cancer
New research finds a surprising link between high-status occupations among American women in the 1970s and later episodes of breast cancer.
We Are Not the Sum Total of Our Parts: On Angelina Jolie's Mastectomy
Angelina Jolie is no less a woman without her natural breasts than the Boston victims are less than human without their legs.
Angelina Jolie's Mastectomy: Who Gets to Control Women's Bodies?
Angelina Jolie's op-ed about her decision to undergo a double mastectomy will inspire women to consider preventive surgeries, but it neglects to mention the controversial politics behind the test that uncovered her risk for breast cancer.
Angelina Jolie's Mastectomy: Celebrities Serve as Medical Role Models
Researchers found Nancy Reagan’s decision to have a breast removed influenced the choices of American women facing a similar medical issue.
Don't Judge Her: Angelina Jolie's Decision to Get a Double Mastectomy
Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo a double mastectomy was a tough one, but it was her decision to make. What would you have done in the same situation? And is there even a "same situation," when different doctors might offer different approximations of your chances of developing breast cancer?
Should You or Shouldn’t You? New Evidence in the Great Mammogram Debate
Could the radiation from screening actually increase the odds of developing breast cancer among women with a specific gene?
Breast Cancer Court Case Pits Patients' Genes vs. Gene Patents
A court case surrounding gene patents for high-risk forms of breast cancer puts two viewpoints of "products of nature" on the stand.
Rational Arguments -- Evidence Is Only Part of the Story
When it comes to new treatment guidelines for breast cancer, back pain and other maladies, it's the narrative presentation that matters.