Cancer Still Top Killer, But Death Rate Is Dropping

En 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, …

Questions Raised About Some Health Screenings

By Jenny Gold, Correspondent, Kaiser Health News This KHN story was produced in collaboration with National Public Radio. Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield, Va., is unusually busy for a Thursday morning. It’s not a typical time for worship, but parishioner Stacy Riggs and her husband have come for something a little different: a medical screening. “I’m getting ready to turn 50 sooner than I’d like to say, and just thought it was a good time to get an overall …

Headed to the Airport? The TSA May Have a Gift for You

“You’ve won the lottery today!” a TSA staffer exclaimed to a couple about to board their plane in Portland, Ore., last weekend, as he ushered them to a special, less-invasive screening line. For those who dread fumbling with their jackets, belts and shoes or can’t seem to remember where, exactly, that bag with the 3 oz. liquids is packed, any sensible relaxation of security procedures is certainly an early gift. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Elsewhere, the chance …

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 …

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 …

Escape Endless Airport Security Lines

I don’t know about you, but we absolutely hate standing in massive TSA airport security lines during busy vacation and holiday seasons. We’re lined up like cattle for slaughter.  People are tired, kids are screaming, and worst of all, the whole thing moves like molasses in Antartica because people refuse to come to these security lines prepared. Come on, you’ve seen the guy who steps up to the security belt and then decides to remove his belt, empty the 15 …