If you are a woman who has recently had a mammogram, you may have received a letter from your radiologist (actually signed by me) recommending that your next mammogram be in one year. You may also have seen in your MyHealth account (the UVM Medical Center patient portal) that you are not due for screening […]

Eat this, don’t eat that. It’s good for you; now, it’s not. Exercise, but not too much, and not too little… Yikes! We all wish there were concrete answers to the question of diet and exercise choices as they relate to breast cancer. We would love to say, to prevent or cure breast cancer all you […]

“Calcifications.” That’s the word that Jen Berg remembers in the phone call that informed her she would need a biopsy following her mammogram. Flash forward a few days on from there, and she had received a diagnosis of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Intraductal Carcinoma, and within days she was scheduled to meet with the team at […]

Dense breasts reduce the effectiveness of mammograms and increase the risk for breast cancer. Dr. Sally Herschorn explains why, and talks about a new law that will help women find out if they are in this category. Learn more about breast density.   Audio not displaying? Click here. Prefer to read the interview? Here is […]

What is breast density? Breast density is a unique attribute of the breast that can only be determined with an X-ray (mammogram). It is the degree to which the breast tissue prevents X-rays from passing through and therefore appears white on a mammogram. Everyone’s breast is a mixture of glandular, fibrous, and fatty tissue. Fatty […]

Susan, a 40-year-old business woman and mother of two, receives a call from her doctor’s office informing her that the lump she felt in her breast appears abnormal on the mammogram that was obtained last week. Her doctor would like her to come in for a biopsy. This scenario, and others like it, occurs nearly […]