breast cancer

Mammogram Advice: Older Women Aren’t Convinced

Posted on 04/22/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMore than three years after a federally appointed panel of experts said most women don’t need annual mammograms, a new study of mammogram rates shows that older women have pretty much ignored the advice. According to an analysis of data from nearly 28,000 women, women over 40 continue to get the yearly screening, apparently unconvinced they should do it less often. In fact, mammogram rates slightly increased overall, from 51.9 percent in 2008 to 53.6 percent in 2011, even though …

Now Read This: ‘Guy’s Guy’ Mike Greenberg Writes Chick Lit

Posted on 04/10/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentMike Greenberg is a “guy’s guy” — he co-hosts the ESPN show “Mike & Mike in the Morning”— so when he decided to write a novel from the perspective of three women, he knew he’d have to rope in some “gal’s gals.” To “get things right” in his recently released All You Could Ask For, Greenberg told me, he formed the world’s most homegrown focus group: his wife, his agent’s wife, and their female yoga instructor. But there’s one vignette …

In Going Public, Valerie Harper Is in Good Company

Posted on 03/11/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayActress Valerie Harper’s March 11 appearance on the Today show to discuss her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer made her the latest celebrity to go on television to talk about a personal life-and-death health challenge. There was a time the famous tended to keep quiet about serious illnesses behind a protective cocoon of press agents, limousines with tinted windows and mansion walls. Often fans found out about their conditions through terse press releases asking for privacy, or though hints picked …

Hey Victoria’s Secret, Why Not a Bra for Mom?

Posted on 01/18/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAfter two decades watching her mother, a breast cancer survivor, struggle to find a comfortable, attractive mastectomy bra, Allana Maiden, 27, had had enough. Why should it be so hard for women to find a mastectomy bra that makes them feel sexy and attractive, she wondered. Shouldn’t a company that caters to women and promotes breast cancer awareness step up? So Allana has started an online petition drive calling on the lingerie chain Victoria’s Secret to create a line of …

Mammogram Debate: Is Screening Overdone?

Posted on 11/27/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal Health“Screening saves lives” has long been the mantra of breast cancer groups and doctors. But a longtime critic of Americans’ zeal for screening says new research shows that up to a third of cancers detected through routine mammograms may not be life-threatening. The study, which looked at three decades of government data on early-stage breast cancer in women over 40, found that 70,000 women a year may have been overdiagnosed for breast cancer and needlessly treated. “It’s a lot of …

Acupuncture Helps Ease Fatigue After Breast Cancer

Posted on 10/31/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPersistent fatigue after breast cancer treatment is a common problem among patients, with one in three women suffering the debilitating tiredness for a year or more after their treatment ends. Older women, in particular, say their post-cancer fatigue severely affects their mood and quality of life. But a new multicenter study by British researchers finds that acupuncture may help reduce fatigue and improve quality of life in women who have had breast cancer. In the study published this week in …