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The one where I stand accused of being a shill for big lingerie

After more than four years of blogging it has come to pass that a comment is so outrageous that it warrants its own little post. The comment isn’t about abortion or contraception or shirtgate or any of the seemingly “controversial” things that I write about it. No, it is about bras. It is in response … Continue reading

Hey Gwyneth Paltrow, a GYN says stop scaring women about bras and breast cancer

Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP is the latest site to stoke false fears about bras and breast cancer (scaremongering being a nice touch for breast cancer awareness month – wraps up the whole October fright fest thing with a pink bow). The post is written by Dr. Habib Sadeghi, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and apparently the person who … Continue reading

Bras do not cause breast cancer. End of discussion. Really.

I have written on this subject before because it’s a myth that just won’t go away. Some of this is perpetuated by the authors of the book Dressed to kill: The link between breast cancer and bras and by people like Joe Mercola. The post I recently wrote on this subject was trolled by one of the … Continue reading

Does the Mirena IUD increase the risk of breast cancer? New data

A new study has been published suggesting a link between breast cancer and the Mirena IUS (intrauterine system). The Mirena IUS is used commonly in many European countries and is increasing in use in the United States (with good reason, it is highly effective and has a very high satisfaction), so I think a review … Continue reading

Your bra is not killing you

The myth that bras cause breast cancer is apparently coming ‘round the barn again. The latest scare-you-out-of-your-brassiere “article” claims there are “five research studies” that show a strong correlation between bra wearing and breast cancer. Well, that certainly sounds all scientific. Why the bra hullaballoo? A couple of anthropologists wrote a whole book about their incorrect … Continue reading

Does digital mammography really save lives or it is pink Kool-Aid?

There has been a lot back and forth over the mammography study in the BMJ. Excellent or flawed? The beginning of the end of screening mammography or an article to be discarded? Miller et. al.’s study has further opened (perhaps blew the lid off?) the can of worms surrounding screening mammography and the pro-mammography contingent (mostly radiologists and … Continue reading

Did the American College of Radiology accuse the BMJ mammography authors of misconduct?

This week the BMJ published the latest results from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study (CNBSS). A brief summary of the CNBSS: Women were randomly assigned to annual mammography or breast exams and then the outcomes tracked. The results in the BMJ: mammography did not improve survival. This is a very interesting study and when … Continue reading

Is thermography a valid tool for breast cancer screening or snake oil?

Thermography uses heat sensitive infrared cameras to image the body and measure heat emission. Solid tumors, even when they are tiny, have an increased blood flow and inflammation compared with non cancerous tissue. Theoretically this could lead to a thermal gradient between a cancer and the surrounding non cancerous tissues. Some animal studies indicate that … Continue reading

Who should have a screening breast MRI? The answer is in your genes

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of imaging that does not require radiation and produces very detailed images of certain tissues. It can be a useful addition to breast cancer screening for some women. The American Cancer Society and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends screening breast MRI for women who … Continue reading

New study confirms no link between abortion and breast cancer

In 2004 the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer evaluated the worldwide epidemiological evidence on the possible relation between breast cancer and previous spontaneous and induced abortion ad found no link. The results, drawn from 53 studies, were published in the Lancet. A new study confirms this data, that there is no link between abortion and breast cancer. … Continue reading