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'The View' lifestyle expert Gretta Monahan opens up about being diagnosed with breast cancer

Published Monday October 18th, 2019

During an appearance on "The View" Friday, Gretta Monahan, the show's lifestyle expert, said it was "the first time" that she had "said that out loud." Monahan said that she'd chosen to share her cancer experience on national television in an effort to encourage women to remind each other to take five minutes to give themselves breast self-examinations and see their doctors for annual screenings. Dr. Susan Drossman mentioned in Gretta Monahan's instragram post about her diagnosis.

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Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer awareness is an effort to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of breast cancer through education on symptoms and treatment. The pink ribbon is the most prominent symbol of breast cancer awareness, and in many countries the month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Why did Joan Lunden get a breast ultrasound... and should you get one?

Dr. Susan DrossmanWhen Joan, who was diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer, revealed her disease was detected through a breast ultrasound after she’d received a "normal" mammogram, some questioned why she had the second screening. If the mammogram missed Lunden’s cancer, should all women get a breast ultrasound?

New York diagnostic radiologist Dr. Susan Drossman, who joined Joan in the Orange Room Friday, explains.

Dr. Susan Drossman on TodayWhy did Joan Lunden get a breast ultrasound?

Mammography is currently the best screening tool available. However, mammography does not do the whole job in women with dense breasts. Women should understand that dense fibroglandular breast tissue can obscure some breast masses.

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New mammogram guidelines: What do they mean for you?

Dr. Susan DrossmanDr. Susan Drossman on TodayWith many women wondering how to proceed, TODAY turned to Dr. Susan Drossman, a diagnostic radiologist, who shared her thoughts on Wednesday with Savannah Guthrie.

New guidelines on mammograms and varying advice on when to start screening and how often to have it have left some women feeling angry and confused.

The American Cancer Society announced a major shift, recommending that most women have an annual mammogram starting at age 45, rather than the previously recommended age of 40. It said women 55 and older should cut back to being screened every other year.

Full TODAY News Story with Dr. Drossman


Leading doctors push back on new mammogram guidelines

Dr. Susan Drossman on CBS This MorningAs top specialists in the battle against breast cancer, Dr. Susan Drossman, Elisa Port and Emily Sonnenblick say they can't back the American Cancer Society's latest screening guidelines.

"All of us believe that the bottom line is saving lives and mammography saves lives," said Dr. Susan Drossman.

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