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Paige Pfleger, Side Effects Public Media

The Midwest is home to one of the largest Amish populations in the nation. And many of these settlements overlap with rural Appalachian counties, where access to healthcare is hard to come by. But a project in Ohio aims to help by bringing cancer screenings to Amish women. 

For years, women have been told that regular mammograms can help reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by catching tumors at their earliest, most treatable stages.

But a Danish study is the latest research to challenge that assumption. Researchers followed thousands of women in Denmark over more than a decade and found that perhaps one-third of the abnormalities detected by mammograms may never cause health problems.

Buyer Beware: A Mammogram’s Price Can Vary By Nearly $1,000, Study Finds

Oct 15, 2015
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Thinking about getting a mammogram in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? You might check carefully because the cost can vary from $50 to as much as $1,045.

How about an initial routine gynecological exam? Around Phoenix, those prices can range from $72 to $388.

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health Newsa nonprofit national health policy news service. 

Why You Should Talk To Your Radiologist

Jan 21, 2015
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Patients rarely read the radiologist's report for common medical imaging tests, such as MRIs, CT scans and X-rays, or consult with their radiologist. That's because radiologists’ reports are written for other medical professionals and not for their patients. But including patients in the conversation can be good for health outcomes, says radiologist Dr. Rourke Stay, who runs a consulting service that offers second opinions on MRIs, CT scans, and other types of medical imaging.

The lump first surfaced in my breast in 1989, when I was 36 years old.

To many young women, a small lump like that wouldn't be cause for alarm because most breast lumps are benign. But there's a long history of breast cancer in my family, so I immediately consulted a renowned breast surgeon. "It's nothing to worry about," she said. My mammogram was completely normal. She thought the lump was merely normal breast tissue.

But four years later I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.