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.
Six years ago a federal panel of medical experts said women didn’t need to start getting routine mammograms until they were 50 — not 40, as other medical groups had long advised — and then only every two years.
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.
"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.
Long-awaited good news. Starting July 1, people with pre-existing conditions will see a reduction in their health insurance premiums. The price cuts - between 2 and 40 percent, depending on the state - are part of a federally run program (in 23 states and the District of Columbia) created under the new health care law. Patients in the other 27 states that have opted to run their own PCIPs may not see a reduction in rates. ... Dietary fiber may reduce mortality in men and women. From the Archives of Internal Medicine: "Researchers from the National Cancer Institute and AARP found that people who consumed high levels of dietary fiber were less likely to die of various illnesses. The researchers used data from a survey in the mid-1990s of more than 500,000 adults, ages 50 to 71."
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