A woman's decision about when to start breast cancer screening mammograms should be a matter of personal choice, not association guidelines. A recent study in Cancer looked at the differences in likely outcomes of various breast cancer screening guidelines. Screening mammography recommendations for early detection of breast cancer still differ between medical associations that advocate annual breast cancer screening starting at age 40, the American College of Radiology and the American Cancer Society, and others that recommend starting biennial screening starting at 50, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and the American Academy of Family Practice. The screening recommendation a woman receives unfortunately depends on who is giving it rather than the patient. This study provides information that a woman should know when deciding which breast cancer screening strategy is right for her:
Stoke Prevention Guidelines for women have just been issued by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) to reduce their risk of stroke. The issue of how men and women differ in their stroke risks has long been discussed so these guidelines are welcomed. The stroke prevention guidelines were published in a recent issue of Stroke and set forth methodology to determine a stroke risk score specifically for women. Each year, there are 55,000 more strokes in women than men. While stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in men, it is the 3rd leading cause of death in women. The guidelines point out that it critical to identify women at risk for stroke and to implement preventive care.
Deaths from overdose of prescription narcotic painkillers have skyrocketed in women according to new data from the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC). The problem is getting worse quickly. The number of women dying from prescription painkillers has increase 5 fold between 1999 and 2010. These fatalities have included too many mothers, wives, sisters and daughters to go ignored. The increase in fatalities is directly related to an increase in the number of prescriptions written by physicians for both acute and chronic pain that cannot possibly be clinically indicated. In 2010, 18 women died every day from narcotic painkiller overdose, with four times as many women dying from these drugs than from cocaine and heroin. "These are troubling numbers," said the CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH.