breast cancer

Mammogram Study: Find Cancer Early, Live Longer?

Posted on 02/14/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s a large, new study that raises doubts about the value of mammograms in preventing breast cancer deaths, but a lot of the publicity and debate about it seems to have missed an important point. According to the 25-year Canadian study, published Tuesday in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), there was no difference in the number of breast cancer deaths between women who got annual mammograms and women who got an annual physical breast exam by a nurse. The …

Cancer Death Rate Down for Colon, Breast and Prostate

Posted on 01/9/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthEn español I The good news about the cancer death rate over the past 20 years is that it’s dropped 20 percent, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. The report, published in the American Cancer Society’s journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, says the decline translates to roughly 1.3 million people who avoided dying from the disease between 1991, when the death rate hit its peak, and 2010. Much of that progress, notes the report, …

Be Aware of “Breast Cancer Awareness” Scams

Posted on 10/14/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – time to think pink. But also take a clue from those theme-hued ribbons and other merchandise. Your desire to support the search for a cure for the second-biggest cause of cancer death among women can be the perfect opening for charity scammers. The same thing can happen when natural disasters and other in-the-news events prompt the opening of hearts and wallets. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter There are lots of legitimate …

Every Invasive Breast Tumor Needs This Test

Posted on 10/9/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWomen who have been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer — meaning a tumor in the tissue, not in a duct — must be tested for the HER2 gene and protein, according to new guidelines from two expert groups. The HER2 test can indicate whether a tumor is aggressive and fast-growing. If the test shows a tumor is HER2-positive, meaning it has an extra copy of the HER2 gene or high levels of HER2 protein, a woman can be treated with …

Ginseng Helps Patients Fight Cancer Fatigue

Posted on 08/16/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHigh doses of pure American ginseng, taken by cancer patients and survivors for just two months, brought marked improvement in the severe fatigue often experienced both during and after chemotherapy, a new study has found. Cancer-related fatigue, experienced by up to 90 percent of cancer patients,  is a profound tiredness that is not relieved by sleep or rest. “It can significantly impact the ability of people to accomplish the things they are used to doing every day,” lead researcher Debra …

Helping Chronically Ill People Made Simple

Posted on 08/15/2013 by | Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeSimple is better, many people say. Sarah LaFave certainly took a simple idea and transformed it into something that makes life better for lots of folks. She connects energetic college students with people who are chronically ill and need help with everyday chores. Discussion: Where do you go to get some extra help? Genius, huh? LaFave launched her program, Lori’s Hands, while a nursing student at the University of Delaware in Newark in 2009. “There’s no trick to it, nothing complicated about …