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Understanding mammograms in seniors and all women

Mammography’s Limits, Seldom Understood
  While this nyt blog article raises questions about how useful a mammogram is for seniors I wanted to point out some issues many women and doctors might consider.  First, a mammogram does not find cancer!  Yep I bet you did not know that.  Only a biopsy finds cancer.  A mammogram only tells you where to biopsy.  That sounds like a minor distinction but in fact if you don’t biopsy a lot you lose much of the screening benefit of a mammogram.  That is essential to tell women and doctors both of whom might be happy waiting and not doing those biopsies.  Women might say well I would rather not have a biopsy why don’t I wait and the doctor would also agree sure why don’t you wait.  In fact, if you want the benefits of the mammogram you need to get the biopsy now! Second, many people mistakenly say I felt a lump now I need a mammogram.  That is not true and by allowing that to be the first answer misleads people to the correct answer which is you have a mass / lump anything you feel you need a biopsy.  You don’t need a mammogram to tell you where to biopsy you can feel where.  I am always aware of cover up stories like the doctor who would correctly say, yea I knew that the mammogram was to look for more spots to biopsy and to look for places to biopsy in the other breast.  If that is true great but if you were not thinking of a biopsy and did not really understand how a mammogram works as a prescreen in a much bigger breast cancer screening program you might get mislead.  I hope this helps all to better understand how to benefit from breast cancer screening. Like if you felt this was new and help full.   Dr Shawn McGivney

Myths and Misconceptions – Initial Post

Myths and Misconceptions: We provide unique views and insight to topics that you would otherwise not get. In addition, to more detailed discussions of topics on the free blog we cover two additional strings that help the reader interface and apply the theory we discuss on the free blog. Those two sections are Myths and miss conceptions and Case manager corner. Myths and misconceptions. Myths and miss conceptions is about alerting and educating you to be cautious on how you hear and understand many of the terms used in health care. Misleading words might include “Assisted Living”, “Normal”, or Needed and “Not Needed”. A second, set of misleading items are numbers like we pay 80% or even 100%. Sign up now to learn why in some cases you may not want the one that pays 100%. For example, many may not realize how something as simple as mis understanding the definition of “Assisted Living” might affect your decision of which care setting is best for you. We help you see beyond the mere definition of “Assisted Living” which will mean different things to each person when you quantify what you get, from whom, at what time and at what dollar cost. The facility offering the amount, degree and type of assistance might not value or define the amount, degree, type, or timing of the “Assistance” as you do. We help residents and families see beyond the words to help them better access and compare types of assistance. Through discussion with families, other members, we help members reevaluate what they think they need, want, and is available to them when making this difficult choice. We emphasize high quality care requires a relationship with the people providing the care. We believe continuity of care is a necessity to each resident and family valuing the Assistance as high quality assistance. The more continuity of care the better the resident will feel about the care. We feel that by considering continuity of care, the care you get will be of higher quality and more of the care we think people expect when they define the word “Assistance”. If you just learn how the doctor, insurance company, lawyers, advertisers and others define the same words you use you will be more informed when you hear them. Words and phrases like “You must leave or you must go to a nursing home may not mean “must” if you decide to choose something else. We want to help everyone see choices that they may be passing up today.   These Medical myths and misconceptions are common in all care settings including Assisted Living, Residential Care Homes, Hospice Care, Home Care, Dementia Care, Alzheimer’s Care, Memory Care, Nursing Home Care, Elder Care, Respite Care and Adult Day Care.  Knowing what you and the other person mean when they use a term helps you understand what both of you will expect. Thanks for reading this post .  If you liked this post please help us by sharing the message of Care, Caring, and Continuity of Care by likeing, friending, and following our works on Facebook     (tlcsr.kerrymcgivney), Twitter ( TLCSRLasVegas), Youtube (TLCSRLV),  Joining our Email List and this Blog, and sending this to any sons, daughters, or seniors you know. Here are links to make it easy! Like Our FaceBook Page: Friend Us On FaceBook: Follow us on Twitter: Like our videos on Youtube: Join our Free Blog and Email List:   Contact: Shawn McGivney MD, RFA [email protected]