The American Cancer Society’s newly announced change in mammogram guidelines has made the debate on when, and how frequently, to get breast cancer screening even more confusing for women.
"Seventy-five percent of all lung cancers are found too late," actress and cancer survivor Valerie Harper told a Senate committee hearing on cancer on Wednesday, saying funding is desperately needed for early detection in "people like me" who didn't think they were at risk.
"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.
Think of it: A virtual colonoscopy that doesn't require a day spent taking laxatives and being sequestered in the bathroom, and doesn't use that lovely little camera-probe inserted where the sun don't shine.
The Takeaway: Despite Advice, Older Adults Get Cancer Screenings; Jazz Musicians Campaign for Pensions
Ambiguity regarding older adults and cancer screenings abounds"”but many adults 75 and older are still getting tested, a new study finds. And jazz musicians in New York City are pushing for pension benefits from union nightclubs.
Americans between the ages of 50 and 75 are at the highest risk for colon cancer, yet one out of three -- about 22 million of you -- still haven't gotten screened for this deadly disease.
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