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11/24/08

WATCH THESE VIDEOS ABOUT ANOTHER WAY TO SCREEN FOR BREAST CANCER ANALOGOUS TO A PAP SMEAR IN ADDITION TO MAMMOGRAM MRI AND ULTRASOUND

WATCH THESE VIDEOS ABOUT ANOTHER WAY TO SCREEN FOR BREAST CANCER ANALOGOUS TO A PAP SMEAR IN ADDITION TO MAMMOGRAM MRI AND ULTRASOUND


For women, breast cancer is still among the scariest two words in the English language.(By the way, men can get it too) I have seen women patients who told me they had breast cancer 20 years ago and are doing fine and others who didn't do so well. Scientists and doctors continue to search feverishly for new ways to diagnose and treat breast cancer. I have been reading and watching videos about a relatively new screening test for breast cancer. Different than a mammogram or ultrasound it gets a sample of cells in the breast fluid.It sounds like it might be unpleasant,but apparently it's not. This breast cell sample is analogous to a Pap smear in a woman. According to the video, Dr. Papanicolau (inventor of the Pap Test) is the one who suggested that breast fluid could be analyzed for atypical (cells that are different). In a pap smear a sample looking for different cells is taken from the cervix, the entrance to the womb. The Halo Breast Test takes a sample from the breast fluid. It was approved by the FDA in 2005 but has been in the news lately with mentions on the Rachel Ray Show and in newspapers. You can read about the Halo Breast test here and see the videos explaining how Halo breast test works.

Video About Halo Breast Cytology Test for Breast CancerClick the Arrow




A recent TV health reporter was asked "What was the name of the new breast cancer screening technique that was mentioned during the 5 p.m. news? The test costs approximately $75 and was said to be highly effective in detecting breast problems well in advance of a regular mammogram".

"ANSWER: The device is called the Halo Breast Pap Test. I decided to consult further with one of our 10 On Your Side Health experts about whether it was worth making a trip several hours away to go through the diagnostic exam. Dr. Bill Fintel with Blue Ridge Cancer Care says, “It is new and exciting technology to be sure, and using modern molecular examination, even better than the light microscope used in PAP smears. But, there are many questions."



Video About Halo Breast Cytology Test for Breast CancerClick the Arrow



  • ASK KAREN: Is breast screen a good idea?
  • Paper about the Halo test