What you need to know about breast self-exam and self-awareness
Oct. 20, 2014
| By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the airwaves and Internet are swirling with information on mammograms, and the benefits of early detection and screening. But where does the humble breast self-exam fit into this picture? Should women still perform BSEs on themselves? Or do we put all of our “eggs” – if you’ll pardon the expression -- in one breast-screening basket?
Overscreening offers little benefit, potential harm and high costs, new studies conclude
Aug. 18, 2014
| By JoNel Aleccia / Fred Hutch News Service
Older people and those with limited life expectancy – as little as five years -- often get cancer screenings that likely won’t help and could cause harm, despite national guidelines that recommend against them.
New cancer-screening strategy uses the immune system to signal early signs of disease
Sept. 16, 2008
| By Kristen Woodward
A team of researchers led by the Hutchinson Center's Dr. Samir Hanash reports online this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology the validation of a potential “HIV-test” equivalent for the early detection of lung cancer. The test, which relies on immune-system signals, much like an HIV test, can detect the presence of lung cancer a year prior to diagnosis, long before symptoms appear.