See What You Missed at the November Medical Conferences

During the month of November, MDLinx editors covered a number of interesting conferences in a number of specialties, including dermatology, ophthalmology, hepatology, cardiology, nephrology, allergy & immunology, and weight disorders. Some highlights follow: The 12th International Congress of the Society for Melanoma Research met in San Francisco, CA November 18-21. Professor Axel Hauschild of University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein reported the results of a study involving patients with BRAFV600 mutation-positive melanoma treated with vemurafenib. According to Dr. Hauschild, “…patients with prognostic factors associated with stable disease status, including a lack of brain metastases, normal LDH levels, and lower M stage, had longer PFS […]

Breast Cancer Screening: Controversial Recommendations and Personal Decisions

This week, the American Cancer Society (ACS) published new guidelines for breast cancer screening, which recommend that women who are at average risk of breast cancer should begin annual mammography screenings at age 45 – rather than at age 40, as previous ACS guidelines had recommended. The ACS also recommends that these annual screenings should continue through age 54, and that women aged 55 and older should then transition to biennial screening, while still having the opportunity to continue screening annually. The recommendations advise women to continue with screening mammography for as long as their overall health is good and […]