And, the debate over mammography continues. This time, it’s the American Cancer Society causing a stir. The organization revised their recommended breast cancer screening guidelines and it’s already causing some dissention. ACS said the updated guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for breast cancer screening for women at average risk of breast cancer. Details are in the Oct. 20 Journal of the American Medical Association. What does this… Read More What’s a woman to do?
The vast majority of surgeons continue to recommend that women 40 years old or older with an average risk for breast cancer get annual screenings for the disease. This conflicts with a newly released draft statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and its 2009 recommendations that most women be screened every two years beginning at 50 years old and continuing… Read More Most surgeons still encourage annual, earlier mammograms
A new analysis finds that many women with breast cancer lack knowledge about their illness, with minority patients less likely than white patients to know and report accurate information about their tumors’ characteristics. This further supports the need to better educate women about their health conditions so they can make more informed treatment decisions.The findings appear in the online version of… Read More Many Women with Breast Cancer Have Poor Knowledge About Their Condition
A new study in the journal CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, finds that most participants in a large breast cancer study did not meet national physical activity guidelines after diagnosis. African-American women were less likely to meet the guidelines than white women. Physical activity after breast cancer diagnosis has been linked… Read More Most Breast Cancer Patients May Not Be Getting Enough Exercise
Breast cancer awareness month began today – and this year brings some good news for women throughout the United States. Just weeks ago I reported on newly-enacted women’s health benefits mandated under the Affordable Care Act – among them: mammograms and well woman visits must be covered by insurance without a copayment. This means millions… Read More Breast Cancer: The Mammography Controversy