Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Health line

Briefs: New research adds to debate on when to have mammogram

Research adds to debate over mammograms

A new study confirms that mammograms may not detect breast cancer in premenopausal women because a tumor and normal tissue appear to be the same color. Stanford University researchers reporting in Tuesday's Journal of the National Cancer Institute said while the screening technique works best for women older than 50, the denser tissue of younger women tends to obscure tumors. After menopause, breast tissue often appears gray on a mammogram, providing contrast to tumors, which generally appear white. Some experts have concluded routine screening mammograms should start at age 50; others maintain 40 is still the age to begin. "It's true that these younger patients have denser breasts and tumors can hide," said Dr. Rajiv Datta, medical director of the cancer center at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y. "You get a whiteout effect . . . We never rely on mammography alone. We take a detailed family history of younger women and also conduct other testing,'' such as sonograms.

Many skip testing for colon cancer

The number of Americans being screened for colorectal cancer continues to increase, but the vast majority of the uninsured still do not get screened for this cancer, one of the nation's deadliest, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Almost two-thirds of Americans ages 50 to 75, or 62.9 percent, had been screened for the cancer recently, according to 2008 data, up from 51.9 percent in 2002, the CDC reported. But just over one-third of those without health insurance — 35.6 percent — had been screened, the report said. Hispanics, people with low incomes and little formal education and those in their 50s were also less likely to be screened than other Americans. But screening rates among blacks have improved: 62 percent have undergone either a colonoscopy within the past 10 years or a fecal occult blood test within the previous year, compared with 59.8 percent of whites.

Times wires

Briefs: New research adds to debate on when to have mammogram 07/28/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 6:07pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Shakeup on Adam Putnam campaign

    Blogs

    In a sign of unsteadiness for what  had  looked like a strong-out-of-the-gate Adam Putnam campaign, the Republican frontrunner suddenly fired his campaign manager and political director. Hard-charging Campaign manager Kristin Davis and political director Jared Small were two of the three outsiders to join …

    Putnam campaigning in Destin the other day as part of his 22-city bus tour
  2. Rays let early lead get away again in loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As pleased as the Rays were to win consecutive series against the contending Red Sox, Indians and Yankees and to get briefly back over .500, there was a lot of talk in the clubhouse before Monday's game against the Angels that it was time to do better.

    Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo (25) high fives designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) as he rounds third on his lead off home run in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Monday, May 22, 2017.
  3. Tampa man arrested for killing man in his USF-area home

    Crime

    TAMPA — A Tampa man was arrested Monday in the death of man found killed at a home in the University of South Florida area last week, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

    Kadeem Dareem Archibald, 26, was arrested Monday on a  second degree murder charge in the University Area killing of Khando Kerr. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Report: Trump asked intel chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence

    National

    President Donald Trump asked two of the nation's top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, the Washington Post reports, citing current and former officials.

    From  left, CIA Director Mike Pompeo; Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats; and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers take their seats on Capitol Hill on May 11 before  testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on major threats facing the U.S. [Associated Press]
  5. For Gov. Rick Scott, 'fighting' could mean vetoing entire state budget

    State Roundup

    Every day, Gov. Rick Scott is getting a lot of advice.

    The last time a Florida governor vetoed the education portion of the state budget was in 1983. Gov. Bob Graham blasted fellow Democrats for their “willing acceptance of mediocrity.”