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ICYMI: July 31, 2015

Friday, July 31st, 2015


Feature Story

This week’s feature story is from the current issue of Newsweek magazine “Curing Cancer.” Check out the issue for more articles on cancer prevention, health disparities, early detection and treatment.

The Cancer Epidemic in Central Appalachia

SUNDAY, July 19, 2015 (Newsweek) — Seen from above, the Appalachian Mountains jut from the earth like a spine curving through the eastern U.S., reaching north into Canada and south into Mississippi. For most Americans, this lush region conjures the strum of a banjo, the songs of Loretta Lynn and the gentle twang of a thick mountain accent. A closer listen reveals other, more disconcerting noises: the raspy voices, heavy wheezing and sighs of resignation that so frequently accompany a diagnosis of lung cancer.

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Bloomberg: Mammograms Would Stay Free for Younger Women in Proposed Bill

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

This article was published here by Bloomberg.

Zachary Tracer

July 20, 2015- 8:40 PM EDT

Two U.S. representatives are pushing back against a recommendation from an expert panel that could limit free breast-cancer screenings for younger women.

Renee Ellmers, a North Carolina Republican, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, submitted a bill Wednesday to put a two-year moratorium on a proposal from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that might end guaranteed insurance coverage for mammograms for women ages 40 to 49. The panel said in April that the benefits of those screenings may not outweigh harms such as false positives, though it hasn’t yet issued final recommendations.

If the bill passes, it wouldn’t be the first time Congress has effectively overruled the experts on breast-cancer screening. The controversy dates back to 2009, when the panel made a similar recommendation that turned out to be so controversial that lawmakers created a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to keep coverage intact.

“Upwards of 22 million women are at risk for losing access to mammograms,” Ellmers said in an e-mailed statement. “This type of recommendation impairs access to breast cancer screenings and would be detrimental for women’s health.”

Harms and Benefits

After its recommendation was ignored in 2009, the task force found in April that the harms of mammograms outweigh the benefits for most women under 50. It gave the screening a C rating. Insurers are required to cover procedures that get an A or B from the group.

“It is wrong of the USPSTF to write off any young woman in her forties who wants to have a mammogram, and this legislation will ensure we hear from the group most affected by these draft recommendations — young women under the age of 50,” Wasserman Schultz said in an e-mailed statement.

The panel said women ages 50 to 74 should get a mammogram every other year and gave that recommendation a B. It also said women with a family history of breast cancer should consider starting screenings earlier.

The USPSTF is an independent panel of medical experts that examines the harms and benefits of medical procedures. It doesn’t consider costs.

“The decision to start screening mammography in women prior to age 50 years should be an individual one,” the panel said. “Women who place a higher value on the potential benefit than the potential harms may choose to begin biennial screening between the ages of 40 and 49.”

ICYMI: July 24, 2015

Friday, July 24th, 2015


Feature Story

More evidence smoking raises risk of death from breast cancer
WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (FOX News) — Long-time smokers may face an increased risk of death if they develop breast cancer, according to a Japanese study that adds to a growing body of evidence highlighting the lethal effects of cigarettes.

Among more than 800 women with breast cancer, those who had smoked for more than two decades had at least triple the odds of dying of any cause, or from breast cancer in particular, compared with women who never used cigarettes.

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ICYMI: July 17, 2015

Friday, July 17th, 2015


Feature Story

Gardasil HPV Vaccine Safety Assessed In Most Comprehensive Study To Date WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (Forbes) — The largest review of the available evidence on the quadrivalent, or four-strain, HPV vaccine Gardasil, has found no evidence of any serious short-term or long-term safety issues. Bringing together the findings from clinical trials, post-licensure studies and data presented at scientific meetings but not yet published, the researchers focused particularly on autoimmune diseases, nervous system disorders, anaphylaxis, blood clots and stroke – but none of them is caused by the vaccine, they found.

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ICYMI: July 10, 2015

Monday, July 13th, 2015


Feature Story

Americans’ Risk of Dying From Cancer Is Falling, CDC Finds

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (U.S. News & World Report) — The risk that any one American will die from cancer — the cancer death rate — is going down, regardless of sex or race, a new government study reports.

However, because the United States has a growing aging population, the overall number of people dying from cancer is on the rise, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

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New Recommendations Could Limit Women’s Access to Life Saving Cancer Screenings

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released new guidelines for breast cancer screenings in April 2015. They’re recommendations suggest women don’t need to start getting mammograms until age 50. They further recommend women ages 50-74 receive mammograms once every two years. Currently, it’s recommended that women receive a mammogram every year after they turn 40. If Congress approves these guidelines, thousands of breast cancer cases could go undetected until late, less-treatable stages. When detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 99%- early detection saves lives.

The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to cover procedures given a grade “B” or higher by the USPSTF. They gave mammograms a “C” grade and a “B” grade to biennial screenings for women 50-74. These new guidelines will force women to pay out of pocket for yearly mammograms which is particularly threatening to underserved and rural areas.

The Task Force also found the evidence regarding 3D mammography to be insufficient giving this form of screening an “I” grade. They dismissed hundreds of peer-reviewed publications that clearly and consistently show 3D mammography significantly increases the detection of invasive cancer while reducing false positive recall rates – both of which are key concerns about traditional mammograms raised by the Task Force. Insurance companies could have less incentive to cover the cost of a 3D mammogram, despite the fact that Medicare already pays for these important tests. You can review the proposed recommendations in more detail here.

This year, 30% of newly diagnosed cancer in women will be breast cancers. Unless Congress acts, women ages 40 – 49 could lose health insurance coverage without cost sharing for mammograms and be forced to cover costs themselves. To urge Congress to dismiss these draft recommendations, you can sign this petition.

We invite you to share this link with your colleagues and on social media channels including #preventcancer and #stoptheguidelines in your posts. Here are some sample posts.


How many cancers are we willing to miss? Sign a petition to protect women’s access to quality care and #mammograms


Of the approximately 40,000 women who die from breast cancer each year, up to 10,000 had cancer that potentially could have been diagnosed with screening mammography prior to the age of 50. Sign a petition to Congress urging it to block new proposed recommendations that could limit access to mammograms

ICYMI: July 3, 2015

Monday, July 6th, 2015


Feature Story

Indoor Tanning Rates Decline As Cancer Warnings Mount

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 ( — Heeding warnings about increased cancer risks, a growing number of American adults are saying no to indoor tanning, a new government analysis suggests.

The percentage of adults who frequented indoor tanning salons dropped from 5.5 percent in 2010 to slightly over 4 percent in 2013, according to results of the National Health Interview Survey, a poll of more than 59,000 adults.

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ICYMI: June 26, 2015

Friday, June 26th, 2015


Feature Story

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (U.S. News & World Report) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld one of the main tenets of President Barack Obama’s health care law, ruling 6-3 that millions of Americans are entitled to keep the tax subsidies that help them afford insurance.

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ICYMI: June 19, 2015

Friday, June 19th, 2015


Feature Story

Wearable Devices to Prevent Sunburn

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (The New York Times) — Could new technology succeed where years of public health messages, doctor warnings and nagging moms have failed — to keep us safe from too much sun?

We have all heard about the devastating effects of ultraviolet radiation. It burns, ages, wrinkles, and can even cause cancer. There are 3.5 million cases of skin cancer in the United States each year, yet fewer than one third of people use sunscreen regularly, according to a May report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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ICYMI: June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12th, 2015


Feature Story

Just 1 shot of HPV vaccine may prevent cervical cancer

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (CBS News) — Protecting girls from cervical cancer might be possible with just one dose of the HPV vaccine rather than the three now recommended, a new analysis suggests.

The authors of the study acknowledged it isn’t convincing enough to change vaccination strategies immediately. But if their results are confirmed, requiring just one dose of the vaccine could have a big impact on how many girls around the world get immunized.

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