Dr. Ulissey via Auburn Reporter: Don’t wait, skip years; annual mammograms still save lives

As most of you may already know, a few weeks ago the American Cancer Society (ACS) modified its guidelines for breast cancer screening – adding discord and uncertainty, initially started by the U.S. Preventive Services Task force (USPSTF). Instead of recommending mammograms on women from age 40 onward, it pushed the start age to 45, causing virtually every specialist in breast imaging and breast cancer to wonder why. The nuts and bolts of what the ACS said are: women should begin to have mammograms at age 45 and get them yearly to age 55, then skip years, but they should have the ability to get mammograms beginning at age 40 on a yearly basis if they want to. How wishy-washy is that? Read More  Join the Conversation     facebook...

A tribute to Lynne, a breast cancer survivor by Trang Mai

I cannot stress enough the importance of getting your mammogram done annually.  I had skipped four years in a row.  As a result, I had quite a scare when I finally made time for a mammogram during the summer of 2014.   Thankfully, I met a brilliant breast cancer researcher, professor, and radiologist, Dr. Michael Ulissey, for a second opinion.  He explained that it was too drastic to remove a golf ball sized tissue before confirming that I in fact tested positive for cancer.  He performed a 2nd biopsy to take out only the dime-sized radial scar tissue for thorough testing.  Exactly a year ago, I was beyond relieved to receive a call from Dr. Ulissey informing me that I tested cancer-free!  Read more on Trang’s...