The Pink Elephant

Let the Games Begin? As the month of September arrived last week, so did some group messages in my Facebook mailbox inviting me to participate in this year’s version of the Facebook breast cancer awareness game. Since I deleted most of them before I read the details, I can’t tell you exactly what this year’s […]

Screening Mammograms: Giving Them Too Much Credit?

Success by association? The current issue of the British Medical Journal [BMJ], published July 28th, includes an interesting review study about screening mammography. The study, Breast Cancer Mortality and Screening Mammography, takes a little explaining. Researchers sought to determine whether the availability and widespread use of screening mammography was directly responsible for decreases in mortallity […]

Tamoxifen Efficacy Revisited: Behind The Hype

PLEASE NOTE: Inaccuracies in my interpretation of the statistics in study referred to in this post were brought to my attention by one of the commenters below. After doing a lot of digging and head-scratching, I have decided to leave the original text, but have added strike-throughs over data that I wrongly interpreted, and further comments […]

Betty Ford & The Status Of Mammography

This is a long one, dear readers, so grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Thank you, Mrs. Ford. In 1974, when she was 56, Betty Ford’s doctor found a lump in one of her breasts during a routine physical.   At the time, biopsies were not done as a separate procedure […]