If you are a woman over 40, you should think about getting your annual mammogram in order to detect signs of breast cancer. Debra L. Monticciolo, MD, FACR, the section chief of breast imaging on the medical staff at Scott & White Clinic – Temple, answers some common questions you may have about mammograms, and … Continue reading What doctors look for in a mammogram
Patients often ask me whether taking birth control pills can increase the risk of getting cancer. A new study sheds more light on the answer, revealing that women who take oral contraception might be protected against some cancers for decades. Since the medication contains female hormones, researchers have been interested in determining whether there is … Continue reading Can birth control lower your risk of certain cancers?
Women have been having babies for centuries, but it wasn’t always as safe as it is today. Years ago, mothers or babies were at risk due to complications or other abnormalities throughout pregnancy. Thanks to advancements, women can now give birth sometimes through a caesarean delivery, or c-section. This is a surgical procedure where an … Continue reading Can I have more children after having a C-section?
Back in the 1970s, mastectomy was the only accepted surgical option for breast cancer treatment. A lot has changed since then, including steadily increasing breast cancer survival rates, more sophisticated diagnostic techniques and a wide range of treatment options. What remains the same, however, is that the earlier you can catch cancer, the better your chances … Continue reading Therapeutic vaccine for triple negative breast cancer, a breakthrough in cancer research
It’s no secret that men and women view the world differently. One bestselling book summed it up like this: “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” Actually, we’re all from Earth, but we’re not all coming from the same place, especially when it comes to medical care. Researchers at Stanford University demonstrated this in … Continue reading Mars vs. Venus: Gender bias in health?
After struggling for years to have children, there are no greater words to hear than, “You’re pregnant.” Add to that the joy — or maybe shock — of the words “with twins,” and parents-to-be John and Stacy Ash felt doubly blessed. Everything was going well with Stacy’s pregnancy at mid-term, but not with John. During a routine eye exam, the doctor noticed pressure on … Continue reading Twin babies give father hope to fight through brain tumor diagnosis
One of the most common questions women me ask is: “How much weight will I gain during pregnancy?” What I tell my patients is that each woman will experience weight gain differently. On average, a patient can expect to gain 2–4 pounds during the first three months and 20 to 30 pounds total for the … Continue reading Why you shouldn’t “eat for two” during pregnancy
Texas recently became the second state to confirm a local transmission of the Zika virus, and the news comes at the heels of a disturbing new study showing babies infected by the virus that appear healthy at birth may develop defects as they grow older. The case in Texas, found in a non-pregnant female in … Continue reading Some Zika-related defects show up months after babies’ birth
For many women, incontinence is an embarrassing, traumatizing problem. Pads and protective undergarments become painfully important in their lives, and it’s hard for others to understand the stigma they feel. But many patients tell me they hesitated for a long time before seeking help, and surely other women never do. Why? Because they’re afraid the … Continue reading Urinary Incontinence: Controlling the flow
Somedays being a working mom feels like an easy walk on a wide balance beam, but some days it feels like a tightrope. I think that this is a fact of life that can lead women to stress relieving behaviors that are unhealthy for all of us. Studies show that the moms are less “happy” … Continue reading Dr. Mom: Balancing life as a mom and physician