Why Angelina Jolie Chose a Preventive Mastectomy

Movie star Angelina Jolie, told she was at high risk for breast cancer, underwent a preventive double mastectomy, but a prominent cancer geneticist tells AARP the actress should also consider removing her ovaries to reduce her risk of deadly ovarian cancer. Jolie, 37, revealed in a moving essay in the New York Times today that her own mother died of ovarian  cancer at 56, which is why Jolie got genetic testing that revealed she has the BRCA1 gene mutation. This …

Mammogram Advice: Older Women Aren’t Convinced

More 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

Mike 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

Actress 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?

After 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?

“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 …