Susan Candiotti reports on the breast cancer charity's off-again, on-again relationship with Planned Parenthood.
A national breast cancer charity is being accused of using misleading statistics to convince women to have mammograms, according to a paper published Thursday in the British Medical Journal.
Q: Why are doctors recommending fewer cancer screenings? Shouldn't you find out if you have cancer and then decide whether to treat it?
When billionaire investor Warren Buffett revealed last week that he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, the reaction -- including from Buffett himself -- amounted to a collective shrug.
Q: I took my kid to the ER last night because his stomach hurt, and they ran a CAT scan. Is that normal? Should I be worried about radiation?
The U.S. Marshals Service raided the offices of an ultrasound gel manufacturer on Wednesday, seizing the product that the Food and Drug Administration said contains dangerous amounts of bacteria that has sickened 16 patients.
Q: This week the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued preliminary guidelines for ovarian cancer screening. It recommends against routine screening saying that the risk of false positive diagnoses outweighs the benefits. How can this be and why is it so hard to find a good screening test for ovarian cancer?
Gymnastics great Shannon Miller talks about her battle with a rare type of ovarian cancer. CNN's Susan Hendricks reports.
When you visit the doctor, chances are you are given a prescription for a drug or an order for an X-ray or lab test. Before you leave, it's important to ask whether your doctor's recommendations are truly necessary.
Q: The journal Annals of Internal Medicine has an article in it this week that talks about the "overdiagnosis" of breast cancer. What is that?
An Oklahoma County judge has overruled a state law requiring women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound of the fetus before the abortion, according to court documents
With the Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments about the constitutionality of the President Obama's health care law, more patients than ever have been asking for my thoughts about health reform.
He thought the bleeding was a hemorrhoid, brought on by a strenuous weightlifting session at the gym.
El doctor Baffi nos habla de lo factores que pueden aumentar el riesgo de padecer cáncer de cuello uterino.
Q: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is releasing new guidelines on cervical cancer screenings. What's changed?
Q: The New England Journal of Medicine has published more information on prostate cancer screening. Why is it so controversial?
In my 20s, after my doctor performed a laparoscopy to examine my uterus and ovaries, he gave me a videotape of the procedure. I dubbed it "Madame Ovary," threw a party and screened it for my friends.
GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum challenges the prenatal testing policy found in the 2010 health care legislation.
The government shouldn't make health care providers fully cover prenatal tests like amniocentesis, which can determine the possibility of Down syndrome or other fetal problems, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Sunday.
A three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Friday that the state of Texas can move ahead with enforcement of a law requiring doctors to provide a sonogram to pregnant women before they get an abortion.
For years, doctors around the country taking an exam to become board certified in radiology have cheated by memorizing test questions, creating sophisticated banks of what are known as "recalls," a CNN investigation has found.
CNN's Drew Griffin reports on charges radiologists around the country cheated on board certified exams.
A three-judge federal appeals court panel Tuesday overturned a lower court's order blocking key parts of a Texas law requiring doctors to provide a sonogram to pregnant women before they get an abortion, potentially clearing the way for enforcement of the law.
A Christian publisher is withdrawing copies of the "Cancer Awareness Bible," from stores because the Bible helped raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which in turn contributed to Planned Parenthood.
The recent news that a group of highly respected medical experts, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, is considering advising against routine prostate cancer screening shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise to anybody.
Elizabeth Cohen reports on women paying more for better breast cancer testing.
Imagine going in for a cancer screening, and the technician turns to you and says, "We're finished, but if I push this button over here, the machine can detect even smaller cancers. But here's the hitch: You have to pay $700 if you want me to push this button."
Women who have a screening mammogram every other year are substantially less likely than those who opt for annual screening to experience false-positive results and biopsies that turn out to be unnecessary, according to a new study funded by the National Cancer Institute.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently announced that it is no longer recommending prostate cancer screening for men.
Doctors who treat prostate cancer disagree on the value of the prostate specific antigen, or PSA, test. But they agree on one thing.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the group that told women in their 40s that they don't need mammograms, will recommend that men not get screened for prostate cancer, according to a source privy to the task force deliberations.
Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen looks at why a new study is telling men to avoid prostate exams.
I had breast reduction surgery two years ago and went from a size GG to DD. I wanted to know, does a reduction lower the risk of breast cancer or abnormalities in the breast?
A federal judge has blocked key parts of a Texas law that would require doctors to provide a sonogram to pregnant women before they get an abortion, days before the law was set to take effect.
I am a 30-year-old male. I am having episodes of abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. The doctor says she suspects ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease and wants to do a colonoscopy. What are these diseases? What else could this be and is it appropriate to do a colonoscopy?
"Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: The Last Heart Attack," airs August 21 on CNN.
Most heart attacks strike with no warning, but doctors now have a clearer picture than ever before of who is most likely to have one, says Dr. Arthur Agatston, a Miami cardiologist and author of the best-selling South Beach diet books.
Christie Hall began putting off mammograms long before debate about appropriate screening became a hot-button issue.
I had fibroadenoma [a benign breast tumor] and had it removed with surgery. I am 31 and I want to know if I can take precautions to prevent breast cancer or other related problems.
Many radiologists rely on specialized computer software to pinpoint suspicious areas in routine mammograms.
Stepped-up colon-cancer screening has helped slash death rates from the disease across the U.S. in recent years, but not all regions of the country have benefited equally.
2010: Dr. Mehmet Oz talks to CNN's Larry King about his colon cancer scare and the need to screen for the disease.
Women seeking an abortion in Texas will have to view a picture of the embryo or fetus and hear a description of its development before having the procedure, under a law that takes effect September 1.
In 2010, a study found women with no family history of breast cancer do not benefit from mammograms at an early age.
I've noticed some bleeding during sex lately. All my Pap results and STD tests came back normal. What could be causing the bleeding and what should I do next?
I had my first mammogram yesterday and my breasts are still really sore. I am fairly small-chested, and the tech said that usually makes it hurt more. What can I do for the pain now, and is there anything I can do to make it hurt less next time?
How many stages are there in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?
For Carlton Davis, "the" always seemed to come out as "hte." Frequently having problems in school, he once threw a typewriter out of his fourth-floor window at college after making the "hte" mistake yet again.
How long can a stent stay in the body? What is a sign of a stent closing up in the artery?
If you're a woman in your 40s, you probably remember how checking the health of your breasts became a point of national contention last year.
I was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy about four years ago. Recently I noticed that when I am lying down flat on my back I experience chest pain/tightness and difficulty breathing. Is this related to my heart disease?
When Hallie Leighton received the letter from her doctor with the results of her recent mammogram, she opened it tentatively, afraid of what it might say. Her mother and grandmother had both had breast cancer, and she didn't want to suffer the same fate.
American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer Dr. Otis Brawley shares his opinion on why mammography is still relevant.
Is it really worth it to get a mammogram? Should I be getting mammograms?
A new study released Thursday suggests mammograms might not be as effective in reducing deaths from breast cancer in women over 50 as previously thought.
The doctor tells PEOPLE Winfrey was prompted to get a colonoscopy - right away
What is the percentage of false positives from the PSA test?
President Obama's annual physical in February included blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart rate checks -- tests familiar to any of us who receives a regular check-up.
This week, the American Cancer Society releases updated prostate cancer screening guidelines. The guidelines say "men should discuss the uncertainties, risks and possible benefits of screening for prostate cancer before deciding whether to be tested."
My son, who is now a healthy 3-year-old, had six or seven head CT scans along with two MRIs and some X-rays for a head injury he had when he was just 11 months old. I am very concerned about this new study regarding CT scans causing risk to cancer in future. Did we put our son at risk because of those CT scans?
I have a cyst in each of my kidneys. Can this be cancerous?
It's shocking, but it's true: Being a woman who's more than 20 pounds overweight may actually hike your risk of getting poor medical treatment. In fact, weighing too much can have surprising -- and devastating -- health repercussions beyond the usual diabetes and heart-health concerns you've heard about for years.
It was the year that a new pandemic flu swept across the globe, initially baffling health authorities and causing worldwide panic.
The recent revelation by Teresa Heinz, wife of U.S. Senator John Kerry, that she has been diagnosed with early-stage cancer in both of her breasts has likely left many women wondering, "Could this happen to me?"
"I have had two operations and my prognosis for a full recovery is good," says Teresa Heinz
The Senate took another step forward in the health care debate Thursday, casting its first votes on what is certain to be a long series of politically charged amendments.
I've been digesting the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for two weeks now. And I'm still swallowing hard.
The new recommendations for breast cancer screening -- and the public debate surrounding them -- underscore the need to distinguish between rationing and establishing science-based standards of health care. That distinction will be crucial as we strive for better and more affordable care in the United States.
Members of a task force that issued controversial recommendations for breast cancer screenings defended the group's guidelines but acknowledged "poor" communication in explaining them to women.
Greg Colip had a comfortable life as a Houston attorney specializing in the oil-and-gas industry. He never thought he'd become an expert in cancer screening. That changed when a friend arranged a quick chat with Jerry Bryant, a local scientist, in a hotel lobby. That led to the creation of Cell>Point, a company that plans to deliver a cheaper and more effective way to detect tumors in 2010.
The breast cancer survivor says she doesn't trust a healthcare system that profits off the sick
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a look at new guidelines for cervical cancer screenings.
The new mammogram recommendations out earlier this week caused quite an uproar. Now comes another change in screening tests for women -- this one for cervical cancer.
Young women should have their first Pap test no sooner than age 21, regardless of when they become sexually active, say new guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Earlier screening for cervical cancer may lead to unnecessary and possibly harmful treatments for an increasingly rare cancer, according to ACOG, the leading U.S. professional organization for obstetricians and gynecologists.
What will it mean for insurance coverage if mammography guidelines change? Elizabeth Cohen reports.
A government task force says women in their 40s don't need annual mammograms, but Sara Fought would beg to differ: She says she's alive today because a routine mammogram found cancer when she was 42.
Breast cancer surgeons, cancer organizations and even the White House are expressing concern about new screening recommendations issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force.
The fallout continues after a federal task force changed guidelines on mammograms. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta weighs in.
Wolf interviews Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about mammograms.
A federal advisory board's recommendation that women in their 40s should avoid routine mammograms is not government policy and has caused "a great deal of confusion," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday.
Advocacy groups disagree with new guidelines about mammograms for women in their 40s. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.
Women in their 40s should not get routine mammograms for early detection of breast cancer, according to updated guidelines set forth by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Heart attack patients are exposed to a radiation dose equal to about 725 chest X-rays over the course of their hospital stay, according to research presented Monday at the American Heart Association meeting in Orlando, Florida.
My wife always knows what's coming whenever her hometown of Cuba, Kansas comes up in conversation.* She always knows I'm going to tell the story of the first time I went there with her. We've been married for more than 11 years, so we're now in that early stage of finishing each other's stories. And I suspect that the "first time I went to Cuba" story has been told more than most.
"We are an army," says Andrea Ivory of the group gathered with her early on a Saturday morning.
Andrea Ivory is bringing early detection to the doorsteps of uninsured women in Miami, Florida.
Film producer Peter Katz doesn't just want his horror movies to scare you. He wants to pinpoint how frightened you are down to an exact moment in a scene.
Women at high risk of breast cancer can often lower that risk by taking medication, including drugs like tamoxifen or the osteoporosis drug raloxifene (Evista).
Lawmakers reacted with anger and dismay Tuesday to the second report this year that Veterans Administration facilities had inadequate safety procedures in place to ensure that colonoscopy equipment is sterilized between patients.
A long line of hospital staff wraps around the corridor outside a small conference room in New York to catch a glimpse of the precious cargo.
Here's a little-known fact: Under current law, it's possible to hold a patent on a piece of human DNA, otherwise known as a gene.
The government is being sued over the patent it holds for the BRCA1 and BRACA2 genes. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains.
Is it necessary to have a colonoscopy when you're over age 50?
Preventive care may not always be cost-effective or save lives. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
Brain scans may identify which patients suffering from mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, are likely to progress to Alzheimer's disease, and who will probably not develop the disease, according to a new study. The findings, published in April 2009 issue of the journal Radiology, could help in developing new drugs for Alzheimer's. More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, about 3.5 million have mild cognitive impairment.
New brain scans may show who is more likely to develop Alzheimer's. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains.
Pancreatic cancer is rare and extraordinarily lethal, experts say.