Are you confused about the best ways to screen for breast cancer? Some recommendations from an expert

Mammograms are still considered the gold standard when it comes to screening for breast cancer. Dr. Suzanne Hoekstra, a surgeon with Breast Cancer Specialists of Maine, explains that mammography has been “reliably shown to improve survival from a breast cancer diagnosis by 20 percent and that’s the only test that has been shown to improve survival.”

Where do other screening methods — ultrasound, thermography, MRI, for instance, fit in? Is there agreement yet on the best age to begin screening? What’s important to know about family history and other risk factors? Are there any new screening tests on the horizon?

Diane Atwood asks Dr. Hoekstra these questions and more in this episode of the Catching Health Podcast.

Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. Now she writes the award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.