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Mayor Doing Mammogram PSA Finds Out She Has Cancer

'It saved my life,' Oklahoma's Gina Noble says of new 3D technology

(Newser) - A news conference in Stillwater, Okla., on Wednesday was meant to announce new 3D mammography equipment at a local medical facility. Mayor Gina Noble had another surprise announcement to offer, the Tulsa World reports. As part of a PSA spot for the new machinery, Noble agreed to go on camera... More »

Mammogram Reader of the Future: Pigeons?

An animal behaviorist puts them to the test

(Newser) - Human radiologists, look out. Pigeons turn out to be expert mammogram readers after very little training, at least according to a study published this week in PLoS ONE . Using 16 pigeons in a chamber with a touchscreen, scientists trained them to peck at one of two colored buttons to correspond... More »

Ladies, Here Are Your New Mammogram Guidelines

But not everyone is on board with ACS' recommendations

(Newser) - For years, guidelines regarding mammograms have been, well, all over the place. The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends women get a mammogram every two years starting at age 50. Since 2003, the American Cancer Society has recommended annual mammograms starting at age 40. The society's first mammogram guideline... More »

NFL Player Honors Mom Lost to Breast Cancer in Big Way

Steelers' DeAngelo Williams wants to wear pink all year

(Newser) - "My hair is pink, my heart is pink, and my toenails are pink." That's the confession Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams offers in a video he posted to Twitter Sunday, and the reason he did so shows his heart is as large as it is colorful.... More »

Tech Gets Jail for Faking 1.3K Mammogram Results

But victims shocked by 6-month sentence

(Newser) - A radiological technologist who falsified more than 1,000 mammograms in a small town in Georgia got off far too easy, say women who were horrified to learn of the deception. Rachael Rapraeger, 33, was sentenced to six months in a detention center earlier this month for assuming the identities... More »

Mammograms Don't Reduce Cancer Deaths

Researchers warn of 'overdiagnosis'

(Newser) - A wide-ranging, long-term study has cast doubt on the value of annual breast X-rays—and sparked fierce debate in the medical world. The study of 90,000 Canadian women over 25 years suggests annual mammograms could be useless or possibly worse than useless: the death rate from breast cancer and... More »

ABC Anchor's on-Air Mammogram Finds Cancer

Amy Robach was reluctant to do 'Good Morning America' segment

(Newser) - It's a scene that has played out onscreen many times: A beloved TV journalist gets a standard medical test on a popular show, in an effort to convince viewers of a certain age to do the same. But this time the story had a very surreal ending: After reluctantly... More »

Mammogram Study: 1.3M Women 'Overdiagnosed'

But proponents of the tests call findings 'malicious nonsense'

(Newser) - Add this to the ever-going debate over mammograms: A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine says 1.3 million women have been incorrectly diagnosed—or "overdiagnosed"—with breast cancer over the past 30 years because of them, reports the Los Angeles Times . That means about... More »

Doctors, Patient Groups Split Over New Mammogram Laws

Physicians fear required warnings could prompt unneeded worry

(Newser) - Doctors' groups and patient advocates are facing off over new state laws that require health professionals to warn women when mammograms reveal dense breast tissue. Density—the result of higher proportions of connective or glandular tissue—can make it more difficult to detect cancer, since both the tissue and tumors... More »

Komen Mammogram Ads Misleading: Professors

Their 'statistics are meaningless,' one explains

(Newser) - The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation's campaign promoting mammograms last October misled women, exaggerating the procedure's benefits and omitting its risks, a paper published in the British Medical Journal argues. "The ad implies that mammograms have a huge effect, but the only evidence that they... More »

Planned Parenthood Aside, Komen Is Just Ineffective

We must continue to put pressure on breast cancer organization: Peggy Orenstein

(Newser) - The furor that pushed the Komen foundation to reverse its controversial Planned Parenthood decision must now be turned to other aspects of the breast cancer fundraising organization, writes Peggy Orenstein in the Los Angeles Times . Despite the name "Susan G. Komen for the Cure," last year the organization... More »

Komen Changes Reason for Planned Parenthood Cuts

Says it prefers to fund groups offering direct breast health services

(Newser) - As the backlash against it continues to grow, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has changed its explanation for dropping its Planned Parenthood funding. Initially, the group said it had decided not to fund any organization currently under federal investigation . Now, leaders say the cuts have nothing to do a congressional... More »

Screening Has Little Impact on Breast Cancer Deaths

Death rate down because of better treatment, researchers say

(Newser) - The drop in breast cancer deaths over the last few decades is thanks to better treatment, not widespread screening, according to a new study. European countries that introduced routine screening early saw breast cancer deaths decline at roughly the same rate as countries that introduced screening 10 to 15 years... More »

Portable Breast Scanner May Ease Cancer Tests

New device doesn't use X-rays

(Newser) - A new portable medical scanner, attached to a laptop, can instantly and painlessly capture images to help clinicians diagnose breast cancer in patients. The new system, developed by a University of Manchester professor, uses radio waves instead of X-rays, eliminating the danger of exposure to radiation and making it safer... More »

Mammograms Not Very Effective: Study

They have only a 'modest' impact on reducing breast cancer deaths

(Newser) - Mammograms don’t save as many lives as women may believe, according to a new study. Researchers from Harvard and Norway have concluded mammograms have only a “modest” impact on breast cancer deaths, accounting for about a third of the drop in deaths seen in Norway since the 1980s.... More »

Navratilova: Breast Cancer 'My 9/11'

Nine-time Wimbledon champ vows to win battle

(Newser) - Martina Navratilova's revelation yesterday that she's battling breast cancer may be her toughest match yet. The Czech-born champ, 53, said the February diagnosis was like a "personal 9/11," reports the Times of London. “It was a total shock because I have been so healthy,” she says.... More »

Teresa Heinz, Fighting Cancer, Urges Mammograms

Heinz says under-50s should continue annual mammograms

(Newser) - Teresa Heinz, wife of Sen. John Kerry, is being treated for breast cancer discovered in her annual mammogram. The 71-year-old will undergo radiation treatment next month to raise her chances of survival to 95%. Heinz says she believes younger women should continue getting annual mammograms, despite the US Preventive Services... More »

'Pink-Ribbon Culture' a Disservice to Women

Questionable mammograms trump right to choose in new movement

(Newser) - When women raise a fury over questionable mammograms while letting the “anti-choice” Stupak amendment pass with nary a peep, you know something’s wrong with what passes for the “women’s health movement” these days, writes Barbara Ehrenreich. "All but the wealthiest women's right to choose" could... More »

We Must Reduce Health Care Costs*

*But please don't touch mine, no matter how wasteful

(Newser) - The brouhaha over mammograms proves that we’ll never corral health care costs for one simple reason: no one wants to give up any care. Intellectually, women may understand that life-threatening breast cancer is pretty rare before age 50, but rare doesn’t mean non-existent. “Many women would rather... More »

Women Refuse to Cut Back on Mammograms: Poll

But most are misinformed about the risks

(Newser) - An overwhelming majority of American women intend to ignore the recommendation that they get fewer mammograms, with most wildly overestimating their risk of breast cancer. In a new poll, 84% of women aged 35 to 49 say they still intend to get routine mammograms before age 50, in keeping with... More »

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