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The Affordable Care Act, enacted August of 2012, helps to make preventive services affordable and accessible by requiring health insurance plans to cover preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an advisory committee on immunization and guidelines recommended by the Academy of Pediatrics. The act also requires insurance companies to cover […]

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If you go to your doctor’s office and get told to not come back for a pap smear in 1 year or 3 years or 5 years…. this may be an appropriate recommendation according to the pap smear guidelines, (based on pap smear history, risk of cervical dysplasia, age and history of human papilloma virus- […]

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Over two thousand women with stage I, II or IIIA were enrolled in a study about two years after their breast cancer diagnosis. The use of a multivitamin pre-diagnosis and post-diagnosis was assessed with a questionnaire in Kaiser Permanente patients from Northern California. A yearly self-report and verification of their medical records was evaluated. Overall, […]

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  Past research has shown that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a modest increase in the risk for breast cancer. The risk associated with low level alcohol consumption and long time drinking patterns has not really been determined. In this current report, investigators analyzed data from the Nurses’ Health study, from 1980 to 2008. […]

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Breast cancer rates had been steadily climbing since the 1940s until about 2002 [1] but breast cancer rates decreased by about 2% between 1998 and 2007 in the U.S.[2] However, this decrease was only among women aged 50 and older. One of the more news worthy items has been a significant decline in breast cancer […]

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Premenopausal women appear to be more sensitive at detecting breast cancer when done during the first week of the menstrual cycle (day 1 of the menses to day 7) in women with a history of screening mammograms. Researchers analyzed 387,218 screening mammograms in premenopausal women that were associated with 1,283 breast cancers. Greater sensitivity was […]

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Women with ovarian cancer and control subjects were analyzed for their vitamin D status as measured by serum 25(OH)D3 level in 7,243 women from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). A high and low status of levels of serum vitamin D was defined as above or below 23 ng/mL (57.5 nmol/L). After adjusting […]

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A new publication from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) focused on the effects of estrogen and progestin (conjugated equine estrogens 0.625 mg/day and 2.5mg/day medroxyprogesterone acetate = Prempro) on breast cancer incidence mortality after an average follow-up of 11 years, through August 2009. The new information from this now 11 year body of information translates […]

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Reference: Anderson L, Cotterchio M, Vieth R, Knight J. Vitamin D and calcium intakes and breast cancer risk I npre- and postmenopausal women. Am J Clin Nutr 2010; 91(6): 1699-1701. A recent study on vitamin D and breast cancer risk was published that once  again points the way to vitamin D as a safe and […]

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This prospective study of 512 women with early breast cancer evaluated the role of serum vitamin D levels as a potential factor influencing breast cancer prognosis. The average age was 50 and the average vitamin D levels was 58.1 nmol/L. Vitamin D levels were deficient (<50 nmol/L) in 192 women, insufficient (50 to 72 nmol/L) […]

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