There’s an active debate in the medical community about the age at which women should start regularly going in for mammograms. In 2009, the US Preventative Services Task Force raised the starting age of its recommendation, suggesting that women receive a mammogram every other year starting at age 50 and stopping at…
Because Venezuela is in the midst of an economic crisis, procedures that are often a last resort in the battle against breast cancer, like mastectomies, are being favored over more modern standards of care, like radiation and less-invasive surgery, reports AP Online.
It doesn't take a scientist to know that pictures of boobs are better in 3D. Wait, no, apparently it does. According to a new study, 3D mammograms can increase the detection rate of breast cancer as well as decrease the rate of false alarms.
Many women young women who die from breast cancer have never been screened, according to a new study that suggests that regular mammograms begin earlier than 50 years old. Experts, however, disagree and say the study will "confuse women more than they already are."
Back in 2009, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force controversially recommended that women from the ages of 40 to 49 stop getting routine mammograms on the basis of too many false positives, the needless incurring of stress and anxiety, and generally wasteful hospital costs thanks to unnecessary tests and biopsies…
Roughly one third of tumors found in routine mammography screenings are "unlikely to result in illness, according to a new study that says 30 years of the breast cancer exams have resulted in the overdiagnosis of 1.3 million American women."
Raise your hand if you saw this one coming from a mile away — while for years women have been told and told and told by everything from pink NFL wristbands to Yoplait lids that the best way to fight breast cancer was to detect it via self-exams and mammograms, it turns out that the act of looking for breast cancer…
I'm still too young (and, theoretically, not genetically cancer-prone enough) to require regular mammograms, but I've certainly been faced with the choice of seeing a male gynecologist right now or waiting a few days for a lady doctor. This is not a difficult decision. As long as the dude's a non-creepy professional,…
Last week, Boing Boing editor Xeni Jardin live-tweeted her first mammogram — and same-day cancer diagnosis. A number of readers wanted to know if it was possible to be diagnosed with breast cancer so quickly. According to the experts we talked to, the answer is: not exactly.
October and the pink deluge that is Breast Cancer Awareness Month fast approaches, and with that will come constant reminders that women should get regular mammograms. Early detection is key! Prevention, prevention, prevention!
• 22-year-old University of Virginia student and lacrosse player Yeardley Love was found dead in her dorm room at 2:15 a.m. on Monday. Hours later, police arrested fellow player and Love's ex-boyfriend George Huguely.
This Peruvian ad from the Liga Contra el Cancer (League Against Cancer) is in English, but it's still incomprehensible. Is it a tasteless reference to chemotherapy patients? Keeping breast cancer on the brain? We're stumped (and disturbed). [Copyranter]
• Despite their pleas to help "poor Haitian children," a Vegas crowd booed party-crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi, reports People. "We're sick of it," says Tareq. "We were invited to the White House and that will come out." •
In the grand tradition of cartoon villains Snidely Whiplash and Dick Dastardly, Joe Lieberman scored a blow to health reform by engaging in what Matt Yglesias describes as "the old double cross."
From the AP: Senators Barbara Mikulski (left) and Olympia Snowe sponsored an amendment that "would allow the Health and Human Services secretary to require insurers to cover preventive health screenings free of charge." It passed. [AP]
Barbara Ehrenreich asks, "has feminism been replaced by the pink-ribbon breast cancer cult?" In other words, are women so concerned with access to mammograms that they're ignoring science and even their own rights?
Just days after a task force raised a stink by advising that women wait until age 50 to have mammograms, another group is recommending less frequent Pap smears to detect cervical cancer.
The report made waves by advising against home screening for breast cancer and against annual mammograms:
On Monday, a government task force recommended that women under 50 not get regular mammograms, and the news has many women confused and worried about losing insurance coverage.
New guidelines released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advise that women ages 40 to 50 shouldn't bother with mammograms. Also, don't worry about giving yourself a self-exam - the panel claims they just don't work.