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Professors: Komen overstating benefits of mammogramsupdated: Fri Aug 03 2012 12:44:00

A national breast cancer charity is being accused of using misleading statistics to convince women to have mammograms, according to a paper published Thursday in the British Medical Journal.

The danger of fearing cancerupdated: Fri May 25 2012 15:02:00

Q: Why are doctors recommending fewer cancer screenings? Shouldn't you find out if you have cancer and then decide whether to treat it?

New cancer screening guidelines issuedupdated: Tue May 22 2012 08:58:00

Dr. William Catalona explains why he thinks that the new prostate cancer screening recommendations are "misguided."

Prostate cancer screening's false promise updated: Tue May 22 2012 08:58:00

Should men be routinely screened for prostate cancer? This question has been asked ever since the prostate specific antigen test, or PSA, became widely available more than two decades ago.

Unnecessary prostate cancer screening remains common updated: Tue Apr 24 2012 16:05:00

When billionaire investor Warren Buffett revealed last week that he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, the reaction -- including from Buffett himself -- amounted to a collective shrug.

Why we need a good screening test for ovarian cancerupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 09:25:00

Q: This week the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued preliminary guidelines for ovarian cancer screening. It recommends against routine screening saying that the risk of false positive diagnoses outweighs the benefits. How can this be and why is it so hard to find a good screening test for ovarian cancer?

Olympic gymnast battles cancerupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 09:25:00

Gymnastics great Shannon Miller talks about her battle with a rare type of ovarian cancer. CNN's Susan Hendricks reports.

Doctors and patients should talk more, test lessupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 08:32:00

When you visit the doctor, chances are you are given a prescription for a drug or an order for an X-ray or lab test. Before you leave, it's important to ask whether your doctor's recommendations are truly necessary.

'Overdiagnosis' of breast cancer may be higher than thoughtupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 17:05:00

Q: The journal Annals of Internal Medicine has an article in it this week that talks about the "overdiagnosis" of breast cancer. What is that?

Cáncer de cuello uterinoupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 07:59:00

El doctor Baffi nos habla de lo factores que pueden aumentar el riesgo de padecer cáncer de cuello uterino.

No more annual Pap smear: New cervical cancer screening guidelines updated: Thu Mar 15 2012 07:59:00

Q: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is releasing new guidelines on cervical cancer screenings. What's changed?

Value of mass prostate cancer screenings questionedupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 17:03:00

Q: The New England Journal of Medicine has published more information on prostate cancer screening. Why is it so controversial?

Christian publisher pulls Bible from shelves, anti-abortion advocates celebrateupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 10:34:00

A Christian publisher is withdrawing copies of the "Cancer Awareness Bible," from stores because the Bible helped raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which in turn contributed to Planned Parenthood.

Prostate cancer screening may do more harm than goodupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 09:05:00

The recent news that a group of highly respected medical experts, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, is considering advising against routine prostate cancer screening shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise to anybody.

Expensive breast cancer testsupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 12:21:00

Elizabeth Cohen reports on women paying more for better breast cancer testing.

When breast cancer tests get it wrongupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 12:21:00

Imagine going in for a cancer screening, and the technician turns to you and says, "We're finished, but if I push this button over here, the machine can detect even smaller cancers. But here's the hitch: You have to pay $700 if you want me to push this button."

More false alarms, uncertain benefits seen with annual mammograms updated: Tue Oct 18 2011 15:12:00

Women who have a screening mammogram every other year are substantially less likely than those who opt for annual screening to experience false-positive results and biopsies that turn out to be unnecessary, according to a new study funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Giuliana Rancic: I have breast cancerupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 11:39:00

Giuliana Rancic said Monday that she has breast cancer, having discovered a tumor during a mammogram while undergoing another round of in-vitro fertilization in an effort to get pregnant.

Giuliana Rancic's breast cancer battleupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 11:39:00

Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, discusses Giuliana Rancic's cancer diagnosis and the dangers of IVF.

Should I get screened for that?updated: Mon Oct 10 2011 10:42:00

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently announced that it is no longer recommending prostate cancer screening for men.

The trouble with prostate cancer testsupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 08:00:00

Doctors who treat prostate cancer disagree on the value of the prostate specific antigen, or PSA, test. But they agree on one thing.

Medical group to say men don't need prostate cancer screenings, source saysupdated: Fri Oct 07 2011 13:24:00

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the group that told women in their 40s that they don't need mammograms, will recommend that men not get screened for prostate cancer, according to a source privy to the task force deliberations.

Study: Men don't need prostate examsupdated: Fri Oct 07 2011 13:24:00

Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen looks at why a new study is telling men to avoid prostate exams.

Does a breast reduction lower the risk of breast cancer?updated: Wed Sep 14 2011 06:36:00

I had breast reduction surgery two years ago and went from a size GG to DD. I wanted to know, does a reduction lower the risk of breast cancer or abnormalities in the breast?

Rep. Michele Bachmann's HPV claimupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 11:47:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper looks into Rep. Michele Bachmann's suggestion that the HPV vaccine is dangerous.

Study: IUD's lower cervical cancer riskupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 11:47:00

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) prevent unwanted pregnancies, and as an added benefit they may also help protect against cervical cancer, according to a new study in the Lancet Oncology, a British medical journal.

After the mammogram storm, what should women do?updated: Wed Aug 03 2011 08:29:00

Christie Hall began putting off mammograms long before debate about appropriate screening became a hot-button issue.

Is a breast fibroadenoma a precursor to cancer?updated: Wed Aug 03 2011 08:00:00

I had fibroadenoma [a benign breast tumor] and had it removed with surgery. I am 31 and I want to know if I can take precautions to prevent breast cancer or other related problems.

Judge temporarily blocks Kansas' family planning money restrictionsupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 14:19:00

A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of a new Kansas law designed to strip Planned Parenthood's family planning funds.

Mammogram technology may be doing more harm than goodupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 17:36:00

Many radiologists rely on specialized computer software to pinpoint suspicious areas in routine mammograms.

2010: Mammograms in 30s: No benefit?updated: Mon May 16 2011 08:09:00

In 2010, a study found women with no family history of breast cancer do not benefit from mammograms at an early age.

Fewer mammograms being done, studies showupdated: Mon May 02 2011 09:03:00

The use of mammograms has dipped since a medical task force made controversial recommendations that women in their 40s may not need to get breast cancer screenings every year, according to one of three small studies to be presented Monday.

2010: New mammogram researchupdated: Mon May 02 2011 09:03:00

A new study supports screening women for breast cancer after age 40. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

What would cause bleeding during sex?updated: Mon Mar 14 2011 08:23:00

I've noticed some bleeding during sex lately. All my Pap results and STD tests came back normal. What could be causing the bleeding and what should I do next?

How can I make my mammogram hurt less?updated: Mon Feb 14 2011 08:38:00

I had my first mammogram yesterday and my breasts are still really sore. I am fairly small-chested, and the tech said that usually makes it hurt more. What can I do for the pain now, and is there anything I can do to make it hurt less next time?

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