Vim & Vigor - Winter 2010 - North Mississippi - (Page 16)

M ATION FORM I SS I N Y 16 The facts behind common misconceptions about mammography ou stare at your calendar, uncomfortable with the thought of what lies ahead. Perhaps it’s your first mammogram, or you are a seasoned test taker. No matter. The same troubling concerns can weigh heavily on your mind. “People need to know that we’ve come a long way from when I started in this field,” says Len Lichtenfeld, M.D., deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. “The technology is getting better now and so are the radiologists on the front lines.” Taking what amounts to an X-ray of the breasts has improved dramatically since mammograms arrived on the medical scene in the late 1960s. Faster, less painful exams under the care of more skilled medical professionals have improved the experience. Women also are now better informed about mammography. The latest figures from the Food and Drug Administration show that more than 38 million mammograms are conducted on women in the U.S. each year. Yet misinformation remains about these potentially lifesaving exams, Lichtenfeld says. Misinformation that may make some women less likely to have regular mammograms. BY DAVID SCHWARTZ

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Winter 2010 - North Mississippi

Vim & Vigor - Winter 2010 - North Mississippi
Table of Contents
Opening Thoughts
Lives Renewed
Hands-On Approach
Smart Moves
Miss Information
Stroke Sense
Gut Feelings
On the Cover - The Story on Stress
The Faces of Skin Cancer
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
A Natural Dilemma
17 Reasons to Work in Healthcare
Aerobics Roundup
Make a Splash
It’s a Great Place to Work
Catch the Spirit

Vim & Vigor - Winter 2010 - North Mississippi