Breast Cancer Awareness Month: A Story of Love, Faith and Victory

Three years ago at age 55, Ricki Fairley was having a routine physical when her doctor found “a little tiny tumor under my nipple.” After further tests, she got the news: She had breast cancer. “I was shocked because I thought my breasts were, like, too small for breast cancer,” she muses three years after a mastectomy on Oct. 20, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A busy marketing executive, her initial thought was, “Gosh this is going to get …

Mammogram Study: Are We Missing the Point?

It’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 …

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 …

The Takeaway: PCIPs; Mammograms; Helen Mirren Effect

Long-awaited good news. Starting July 1, people with pre-existing conditions will see a reduction in their health insurance premiums.