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Cuts In CA Mammograms Continue

July 2, 2010
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Cuts to a California state program to provide free mammograms for low-income women will continue indefinitely because the state Legislature has not reached a budget deal.

The Associated Press reports that no new enrollments have been allowed since January, and the qualification age for annual services will stay at 50 instead of returning to 40. The state Public Health Department had hoped to restore full services by July 1.

In other breast cancer-related news:

  • Having health insurance may not be enough to get women with very low incomes (average family income $7,000) to come in for regular breast-cancer screenings. A reminder letter from their insurer helps. Adding a second letter from their physician plus counseling from health workers helps even more, but still doesn’t get rates close to those for the general public. The study results were reported online in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
  • About half of breast-cancer patients stop taking medications before they’re supposed to. A study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology says that women younger than 40 were most likely to discontinue treatment early. The study involved women in California who had been prescribed tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors, or both for a recommended five years.
  • Researchers at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain say they have discovered the mechanism by which consumption of extra-virgin olive oil—but not other vegetable oils—protects against breast cancer. The study results were published in the journal Carcinogenesis. And a separate research team at the Arthur G. James Comprehensive Cancer Center at Ohio State University says it has discovered how plants in the Brassica genus (cabbages, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, turnips, and mustards, among others) can block the proliferation of cancer cells. Those results were published online in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.

So a cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and turnip salad with an olive oil and mustard dressing sounds like the perfect cancer-fighting dish, right?

Related seminar: Breast Imaging and Digital Mammography


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