October 2, 2010

Ignore the Myths. Know the Facts

1 Debunking Breast Cancer Myths

While scientists still don’t know what causes breast cancer, they believe they have enough evidence to debunk certain myths. One myth is that breast cancer is genetic. The American Cancer Society says that breast cancer is related to a mix of shared lifestyle factors and genetic susceptibilities and isn’t due to specific gene mutations. Another popular myth suggests small-chested women have a lower risk, but all breast cancers develop in the cells that line the ducts that make milk and carry it to the nipple, and all women have the same number of these. A third myth is that breast cancer always appears as a lump. About 10% of people diagnosed with breast cancer don’t have lumps, pain, or any other signs of a problem. Don’t believe the myths; know the facts.

More at MSN Health and Fitness | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Breast Cancer Partners at Risk for Mood Disorders

Tags: American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer, Myth, Fact

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Mammograms: the Necessary Evil

2 Debunking the Mammogram Myths

Mammograms have a bad rep, and it’s understandable when you consider how unfriendly they are. We can put a man on the moon but can’t create a better mammogram? Come on, now. Still, there are two myths that need to be shot down. The first is that mammograms reduce the risk of breast cancer. This is totally untrue. The test is for detection only and has no clinical effect. Another myth is that mammograms actually cause cancer. While radiation is involved, the dosage is low enough to be considered miniscule and is comparable to the amount of radiation received by naturally occurring sources over a period of three months. They might be painful but mammograms are a necessary evil that can reduce deaths from breast cancer by approximately 16% so ignore the myths and take care of yourself.

More at MSN Health and Fitness | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Debunking Breast Cancer Myths

Tags: Breast Cancer, Myth, Mammogram, Detecting Breast Cancer

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Not Your Momma's Sex Ed

3 Sex Ed Not Centered on Abstinence Gets Funds

Sex ed in school is getting a makeover with the U.S. government funding programs that aren't centered around abstinence for the first time in more than 10 years. The 28 programs that will share the $375 million grant have been proven to reduce pregnancy rates. The sex ed classes focus on improving grades and involvement in extracurricular activities. While the programs may do something expected (give out condoms), they also do something surprising: boost the job status of the students' parents with resume writing tips, mortgage advice and high school-equivalency classes. To receive part of the funding, programs had to have at least one study showing a positive effect on one of the following: pregnancy or births, sexual activity, contraceptive use, or sexually transmitted infections.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: IVF Kids Score Better on Tests

Tags: Government Funding Sex Ed, Subjects Taught in Sex Education Classes, Grants for Sex Ed, Abstinence Classes, Abstinence Taught in Sex Ed, Sex Ed Not centerEd Around Abstinence, Contraceptive Use, Reduce Pregnancy Rates, Mortgage Advice

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Got Multivitamin?

4 Multivitamins May Reduce Heart Attacks in Women

A study involving 33,933 women aged 49 to 83 years old, 31,671 with no history of heart disease and 2,262 who had it for about 10 years suggests that multivitamins may protect against a heart attack. Only 2.6 percent of women without heart disease on a multivitamin had a heart attack compared to 3.4 percent with no history of disease and not on a supplement, a 27 percent reduction in heart attacks for those taking vitamins. For women with heart disease, there was no significant different in the rate of heart attacks between the two groups. The longer women without heart disease were on vitamins, the greater the reduction in risk. Researchers did point out a major factor that could have affected the results: People who take multivitamins usually live healthier lifestyles overall.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: CV Disease Risk Down in Women Who Visit Dentist

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Disease, Multivitamins, Cardiovascular Disease in Women, Heart Disease in Women

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