Tag: mammograms

$55 Mammograms offered through ‘Cinco de Mammo’ Week-long Event

Listen up ladies: this information could save your life: South Texas Health System is offering mammograms for just $55 through their annual ‘Cinco de Mammo’ event. Mammograms can cost upward of $300, so health professionals are urging Rio Grande Valley residents to take advantage of this once-a-year-offer. “More and more women are showing up, having breast cancer… And having a mammogram is a way of finding out, and your chances for survival are so much greater.” Cinco de Mammo kicks off Monday, May 2, and will continue until Saturday, May 7. You can pre-register at any South Texas Health...

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Task force: Mammograms an option at 40, do more good at 50

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force declared Monday in recommending that women get one every other year starting at age 50. It said 40-somethings should make their own choice after weighing the pros and cons. When to start routine mammograms and how frequently to get them has long been controversial. The latest guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force stick with its advice that women should one every two years between ages 50 and 74. But they also make clear that it’s an option for younger women even though...

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American Cancer Society Issues New Recommendations for Breast Cancer Screenings, Survior Speaks out

This week, the American Cancer Society released new recommendations for breast cancer screening. The guidelines include four new updates. The most controversial, is the recommendation to increase the age at which women begin getting a yearly mammogram. “She basically just said, ‘you have breast cancer’…” At age 29, Delia Rodriguez was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I lost sensation in my legs… I felt as though I was just going to drop to the floor.” With no family history of breast cancer, she says it was a complete shock. “This is not supposed to happen to a 29-year-old young lady…...

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‘Affordable Care Act’ Mandates Health Insurances Companies to Cover Mammograms

Before the ‘Affordable Care Act’ mammograms cost around $120 out of pocket, but now, federal law mandates that all health insurance companies cover mammograms for all insured women. But what exactly is the purpose? “We’re looking for any tissue distortion, any mass. Or micro calcifications” If there is any distortion or cause for concern, doctors may have you take a diagnostic mammogram which instead of the usual four, consists of taking 6 or more images. “96 out of 100 women who go in to get a mammogram will come out with a clean bill of health. And for those...

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3-D Mammogram Scans may Find more Breast Cancer

CHICAGO (AP) — 3-D mammograms may be better at finding cancer than regular scans, a large study suggests, although whether that means saving more lives isn’t known. The study involved almost half a million breast scans, with more than one-third of them using relatively new 3-D imaging along with conventional scans. The rest used regular mammograms alone. The 3-D scan combo detected one additional cancer per 1,000 scans, compared with conventional digital mammograms. There were also 15 percent fewer false alarms — meaning fewer initially suspicious scan results that additional testing showed wasn’t cancer. But the study wasn’t designed to...

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