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Professors: Komen overstating benefits of mammogramsupdated: Fri Aug 03 2012 12:44:00

A national breast cancer charity is being accused of using misleading statistics to convince women to have mammograms, according to a paper published Thursday in the British Medical Journal.

Too many mothers still dyingupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 07:45:00

The number of women dying of pregnancy and childbirth-related complications has been cut nearly in half over the past two decades, reflecting important and hard-won gains in improving access to family planning and maternal health across the world.

Experimental drug offers new way to battle certain breast cancerupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 20:20:00

Doctors who treat breast cancer patients are very excited about an experimental drug that presents a whole new way of knocking out cancer cells.

Government panel: Hormone therapy 'not recommended' updated: Tue May 29 2012 12:48:00

The task force that sparked controversy with its breast cancer screening recommendations a few years ago -- and PSA prostate-cancer screening pronouncements last week -- is weighing in on hormone replacement therapy. But this time the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations are remarkable for their lack of controversy.

Brown: I believe in women's rightsupdated: Mon May 21 2012 09:37:00

Sen. Scott Brown talks to CNN's Piers Morgan about contraception rights for women.

Why we need a good screening test for ovarian cancerupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 09:25:00

Q: This week the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued preliminary guidelines for ovarian cancer screening. It recommends against routine screening saying that the risk of false positive diagnoses outweighs the benefits. How can this be and why is it so hard to find a good screening test for ovarian cancer?

Olympic gymnast battles cancerupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 09:25:00

Gymnastics great Shannon Miller talks about her battle with a rare type of ovarian cancer. CNN's Susan Hendricks reports.

'Overdiagnosis' of breast cancer may be higher than thoughtupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 17:05:00

Q: The journal Annals of Internal Medicine has an article in it this week that talks about the "overdiagnosis" of breast cancer. What is that?

Stop sex discrimination in health plan costsupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 12:07:00

Women face shocking disparities when buying health insurance on the individual market: In the vast majority of states, nearly all the best-selling plans charge women more than men for the same coverage, a discriminatory practice known as "gender rating."

Cáncer de cuello uterinoupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 07:59:00

El doctor Baffi nos habla de lo factores que pueden aumentar el riesgo de padecer cáncer de cuello uterino.

No more annual Pap smear: New cervical cancer screening guidelines updated: Thu Mar 15 2012 07:59:00

Q: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is releasing new guidelines on cervical cancer screenings. What's changed?

What are the potential problems with ovarian cysts?updated: Tue Mar 06 2012 15:03:00

I was recently diagnosed with polyps on my ovaries. Is this a serious condition? What are the risks and how concerned should I be about potential problems?

Don't threaten women's health careupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 17:14:00

Congress is attempting to eviscerate women's health care. Like many women across America, I am outraged.

Santorum blasts prenatal testing policyupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 06:59:00

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum challenges the prenatal testing policy found in the 2010 health care legislation.

Santorum challenges policy on prenatal testingupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 06:59:00

The government shouldn't make health care providers fully cover prenatal tests like amniocentesis, which can determine the possibility of Down syndrome or other fetal problems, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Sunday.

Obama's contraceptive compromiseupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 12:05:00

President Obama outlines the compromise reached with religious groups over the debate on contraceptives.

Contraception controversy consumes D.C., campaignupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 07:24:00

Congressional Democrats and Republicans escalated their rhetorical war Thursday over a pending federal rule requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide full contraception coverage to women -- one day after hints emerged of a possible compromise between the White House and conservative religious critics.

University vending machine sells Plan Bupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 23:15:00

Students at a Pennsylvania university can now buy emergency contraceptive Plan B from a vending machine. WHP reports.

Vending machine dispenses emergency contraception updated: Wed Feb 08 2012 23:15:00

Vending machine offerings at a Pennsylvania university are expanding beyond the world of junk food and into the world of contraception.

A teaching moment about politics and Komenupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 05:26:00

Karen Handel, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation vice president?and lightning rod in the group's public relations storm over Planned Parenthood funding--stepped down from her position Tuesday. For many it was almost a satisfying ending to an eye-opening incident. None of it should have come as a shock.

Survivor of heart failure dedicates birthday to educating other womenupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 12:29:00

Dee Stewart's birthday is Friday, and she'll be wearing red to celebrate. It's not her favorite color, but it is for her favorite cause.

How to get your metabolism movingupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 08:55:00

Here's something to feel good about: Your body is a calorie-burning machine. You'll even torch a few while reading this article.

Diabetes during pregnancy may raise ADHD riskupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 09:06:00

Young children are far more likely to experience attention and hyperactivity problems if their mother develops diabetes during pregnancy and they are born into a poor or lower-middle-class household, a new study suggests.

Fact and fiction on diabetesupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 09:06:00

Matt Cherry clears up some myths about diabetes.

Giuliana Rancic's cancer battleupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 09:37:00

Giuliana Rancic announced that she will have a double mastectomy to fight breast cancer. A.J. Hammer reports

Christian publisher pulls Bible from shelves, anti-abortion advocates celebrateupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 10:34:00

A Christian publisher is withdrawing copies of the "Cancer Awareness Bible," from stores because the Bible helped raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which in turn contributed to Planned Parenthood.

Giuliana Rancic 'doing really well' after double mastectomy updated: Wed Dec 14 2011 17:08:00

Giuliana Rancic is in good spirits after undergoing a successful double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on Tuesday.

Female veterans coping with PTSDupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 13:16:00

CNN's Kyra Phillips revisits a woman who served in Iraq and struggles to cope with post traumatic stress disorder.

Studies: New drug combinations slow down metastatic breast cancersupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 06:45:00

A new combination of treatments can help battle some forms of metastatic breast cancer and slow down the spread of the disease, according to two separate studies.

Breast cancer prevention, survivalupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 06:45:00

Dr. Drew and his guests discuss what people should understand about the risks of breast cancer.

Giuliana Rancic to undergo double mastectomyupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 06:16:00

Giuliana Rancic will have a double mastectomy after lumpectomies failed to completely eradicate her breast cancer.

Expensive breast cancer testsupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 12:21:00

Elizabeth Cohen reports on women paying more for better breast cancer testing.

When breast cancer tests get it wrongupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 12:21:00

Imagine going in for a cancer screening, and the technician turns to you and says, "We're finished, but if I push this button over here, the machine can detect even smaller cancers. But here's the hitch: You have to pay $700 if you want me to push this button."

Nurse, doctor see cancer from both sidesupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 10:43:00

When new patients worry they don't know how they'll get through breast cancer, Cindy Davis puts her hand on theirs and says, "I know, but I want to tell you, I truly know, because I went through this two years ago."

SI.com: NFL makes big statement for breast cancer awarenessupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 08:33:00

As fall descends and there's an autumn chill in the air, the behemoth of all sports months takes flight. Which only brings to mind one thing ... pink?

More false alarms, uncertain benefits seen with annual mammograms updated: Tue Oct 18 2011 15:12:00

Women who have a screening mammogram every other year are substantially less likely than those who opt for annual screening to experience false-positive results and biopsies that turn out to be unnecessary, according to a new study funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Giuliana Rancic's breast cancer battleupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 11:39:00

Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, discusses Giuliana Rancic's cancer diagnosis and the dangers of IVF.

Giuliana Rancic: I have breast cancerupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 11:39:00

Giuliana Rancic said Monday that she has breast cancer, having discovered a tumor during a mammogram while undergoing another round of in-vitro fertilization in an effort to get pregnant.

Study: taking some supplements could be bad for youupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 13:46:00

One study finds that older women taking some supplements were at increased risk of dying earlier. Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Study: Some supplements may pose risks for older womenupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 13:46:00

Older women have a slightly increased risk of dying at an earlier age if they take multivitamins or certain other dietary supplements, according to a new study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Should I get screened for that?updated: Mon Oct 10 2011 10:42:00

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently announced that it is no longer recommending prostate cancer screening for men.

Best friend becomes surrogate motherupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 08:56:00

For Texas-based mom Tamara*, the journey to motherhood was anything but easy. In 2003, after developing severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome (a life-threatening complication of preeclampsia), doctors had to deliver her daughter via emergency cesarean section at just 25 weeks into her pregnancy. She was born a micro-preemie, weighing a mere 1 pound, 4 ounces; Tamara was advised never to pursue another pregnancy, as she was given a 60 percent chance of developing the same complications. For the first two years of her life, Tamara kept her daughter at home much of the time, due to a host of medical problems and issues with her feeding and growth. It was only as of her daughter's second birthday that Tamara finally started to venture out to meet other moms and give her daughter a chance to meet other kids.

People.com: Wanda Sykes: I Had a Double Mastectomyupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 13:54:00

Rather than risk a reoccurrence of breast cancer, the comedian underwent radical surgery

Wanda Sykes: I had a double mastectomyupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 10:40:00

Wanda Sykes being outrageous -- that's expected. But for the actress-comedian to be serious? That's rare. Even when the issue is personal.

Does a breast reduction lower the risk of breast cancer?updated: Wed Sep 14 2011 06:36:00

I had breast reduction surgery two years ago and went from a size GG to DD. I wanted to know, does a reduction lower the risk of breast cancer or abnormalities in the breast?

Rep. Michele Bachmann's HPV claimupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 11:47:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper looks into Rep. Michele Bachmann's suggestion that the HPV vaccine is dangerous.

Study: IUD's lower cervical cancer riskupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 11:47:00

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) prevent unwanted pregnancies, and as an added benefit they may also help protect against cervical cancer, according to a new study in the Lancet Oncology, a British medical journal.

Soy no help for bone loss, hot flashesupdated: Mon Aug 08 2011 17:41:00

Middle-aged women searching for a safe alternative to hormone therapy to prevent bone loss and ease the symptoms of menopause are in for another letdown.

After the mammogram storm, what should women do?updated: Wed Aug 03 2011 08:29:00

Christie Hall began putting off mammograms long before debate about appropriate screening became a hot-button issue.

Is a breast fibroadenoma a precursor to cancer?updated: Wed Aug 03 2011 08:00:00

I had fibroadenoma [a benign breast tumor] and had it removed with surgery. I am 31 and I want to know if I can take precautions to prevent breast cancer or other related problems.

Sexual assault, domestic violence can damage long-term mental healthupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 16:01:00

Women are drastically more likely to develop a mental disorder at some point in their lives if they have been the victim of rape, sexual assault, stalking, or intimate-partner violence, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

HHS OKs birth control with no co-payupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 18:28:00

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines in Washington Monday requiring health insurance plans beginning on or after August 1, 2012 to cover several women's preventive services, including birth control and voluntary sterilization.

Mammogram technology may be doing more harm than goodupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 17:36:00

Many radiologists rely on specialized computer software to pinpoint suspicious areas in routine mammograms.

Birth control should be fully covered under health plans, report saysupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 18:52:00

Contraceptives, sterilization and reproductive education should be covered by health insurance plans with no cost to patients under the health care reform law, a new report recommends.

Drug that treats breast cancer found to prevent it, tooupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 21:35:00

Doctors and patients have a new tool to prevent breast cancer: A drug that is already approved for the treatment of the disease.

Are there new treatments for breast cancer?updated: Wed Jun 01 2011 08:05:00

I have inflammatory breast cancer and I have been through chemo and a double mastectomy. They found active cancer cells so the cancer has spread. The oncologist said she didn't think there was anything more they could do for me. I start radiation soon but she didn't think that that would be very helpful either. Is there anything out there that may help me?

Pregnant with cancerupdated: Mon May 16 2011 08:09:00

When she found the lump in her breast, Jessica Denton had known she was pregnant with her first child for just a few days.

2010: Mammograms in 30s: No benefit?updated: Mon May 16 2011 08:09:00

In 2010, a study found women with no family history of breast cancer do not benefit from mammograms at an early age.

Fewer mammograms being done, studies showupdated: Mon May 02 2011 09:03:00

The use of mammograms has dipped since a medical task force made controversial recommendations that women in their 40s may not need to get breast cancer screenings every year, according to one of three small studies to be presented Monday.

2010: New mammogram researchupdated: Mon May 02 2011 09:03:00

A new study supports screening women for breast cancer after age 40. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Are 'hot flashes' a symptom of prostate cancer hormone therapy?updated: Thu Apr 28 2011 09:13:00

My husband has non-Hodgkins lymphoma, stage 4, and has been treated with chemotherapy. His doctor says it is under control. He wonders does that mean it is gone or just being held at bay? He has been having "hot flashes" since he began his treatment for his prostate cancer (cannot remember the Gleason score, but tumor was in both lobes of prostate, without changes to his bone marrow.) He was treated with hormones, brachytherapy and radiation for this. We can't seem to get an answer for the question of the "hot flashes." Are they a symptom of ongoing disease, the hormone therapy or will he just continue to have them for the rest of his life?

Should I see a specialist about not having periods?updated: Mon Apr 11 2011 08:25:00

I have not had a period for the past five years and before that I had a normal menstrual cycle for 10 years. I went to both my primary care doctor and gynecologist but after the initial blood work and pelvic ultrasound came back normal, it was decided I should go on birth control and stay on it until I reach menopause age. I really don't like the idea of being on birth control for the next 20 years. Is there another specialist I should see or another test I should ask for specifically?

How can I make my mammogram hurt less?updated: Mon Feb 14 2011 08:38:00

I had my first mammogram yesterday and my breasts are still really sore. I am fairly small-chested, and the tech said that usually makes it hurt more. What can I do for the pain now, and is there anything I can do to make it hurt less next time?

Breast cancer surgery changingupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 17:06:00

A new study questions the way breast cancer surgery is done. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Removing fewer lymph nodes doesn't hurt breast cancer survivalupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 17:06:00

Women with early stage breast cancer that has spread to their lymph nodes may require less extensive surgery than previously thought, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Smoking may raise breast cancer riskupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 23:01:00

Women who smoke have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, especially if they become smokers early in life, a new study suggests.

Is soy linked to breast cancer?updated: Wed Jan 19 2011 10:08:00

One of my neighbors has breast cancer. Her doctor has asked her to completely stop eating soy and its products, including edamame and tofu. My neighbor used to eat tofu at least three times a week before she got breast cancer. Is there a link between soy and breast cancer? Is there a potential that I will get breast cancer because I used to eat edamame?

Antidepressant may cool hot flashesupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 16:31:00

The antidepressant Lexapro (escitalopram) may reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes, the bouts of sweating and overheating that are an uncomfortable fact of life for many menopausal women, a new government-funded study suggests.

Is it OK to have a VBAC?updated: Mon Jan 03 2011 08:57:00

I'm pregnant with my third baby and am due next month. I had C-sections with the first two babies but would like to try having the baby naturally this time. People have told me that this is not safe, but I found an obstetrician who is willing to do a VBAC. What's the latest information on having a vaginal delivery after having a C-section?

Mom defies doctor, has baby her wayupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 13:28:00

On Thursday, December 2, as Aneka sat at home nine months pregnant, the phone rang.

Breast test furor fades but anger lingersupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 10:18:00

If you're a woman in your 40s, you probably remember how checking the health of your breasts became a point of national contention last year.

Repeated miscarriages quintuple heart attack riskupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 21:27:00

Losing a pregnancy can break a mom-to-be's heart in more ways than one. According to a new study, women who experience a stillbirth or repeated miscarriages have a dramatically increased risk of heart attack later in life.

Vitamin advice for the heartupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 21:27:00

From January: A study may explain why more black patients die of heart disease. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Cancer survivor's own fat gives her new breastsupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 11:06:00

Elizabeth Anderson had to act fast when she learned she had advanced breast cancer in April 2009.

New options post-breast cancerupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 11:06:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains a new option to help breast cancer survivors who opt for surgery.

Soda, OJ may increase risk of goutupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 11:27:00

Drinking too much soda, orange juice, or other sugary drinks appears to increase the risk of developing gout, an especially painful form of arthritis, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

When menopause 'comes roaring,' what do you do?updated: Thu Nov 04 2010 08:31:00

Just after she'd gotten a divorce and gone back to work, Alice Thornton would feel cold one minute and hot the next, and her temper was shorter than usual.

When a mammogram isn't enoughupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 10:15:00

When Hallie Leighton received the letter from her doctor with the results of her recent mammogram, she opened it tentatively, afraid of what it might say. Her mother and grandmother had both had breast cancer, and she didn't want to suffer the same fate.

Mammography still mattersupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 10:15:00

American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer Dr. Otis Brawley shares his opinion on why mammography is still relevant.

People.com: Martina Navratilova: I Am Cancer Freeupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 09:07:00

After six weeks of radiation, the tennis legend feels "as good as new"

Should I get a mammogram?updated: Wed Sep 29 2010 08:24:00

Is it really worth it to get a mammogram? Should I be getting mammograms?

Study questions benefit of mammograms in women over 50updated: Thu Sep 23 2010 10:47:00

A new study released Thursday suggests mammograms might not be as effective in reducing deaths from breast cancer in women over 50 as previously thought.

Sexual problems the norm for breast cancer survivorsupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 08:32:00

Many middle-aged women report sexual problems, including a loss of libido and a less-than-satisfying sex life. Now a new study suggests these problems are even more common among women who have had breast cancer.

Study: Breast, ovary removal cuts cancer risk in high-risk womenupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 17:02:00

Women who have gene mutations that increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer can substantially reduce their chances of developing -- and dying from -- those cancers if they have their breasts or ovaries removed preemptively, according to a new study.

Afghan women, kids battle drug addictionupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 02:01:00

Inside an Afghan drug treatment center, CNN's Jill Dougherty meets women and children battling addiction.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Cancer survivors come together to form dragonboat racing teamupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 14:56:00

It had been 29 years of clean living, almost three decades since her right breast -- "a lot of my womanhood, my female identity," she said -- had been removed because of cancer. She'd had a boyfriend at the time. He sent flowers to the hospital and never called again. "It was a really traumatic, dark time for me," recalls Peggy Frechione, now 60. And then it wasn't. She recovered, married, raised children in the Pittsburgh suburbs and held a job as a nurse. Her body cooperated; scan after scan came up clean.

Do I still need Pap smears after hysterectomy?updated: Wed Aug 11 2010 08:29:00

I had a hysterectomy for multiple non-cancerous tumors and kept my ovaries. I am 47. Do I still need Pap smears? I do not take hormones.

Should 'male menopause' be treated?updated: Tue Aug 10 2010 08:10:00

Sweaty, sleepless nights. Inexplicable grouchiness. Weight gain, headaches, and no sex drive. Many women approaching menopause can relate -- and so can Mike Coleman.

Home births: No drugs, no doctors, lots of controversyupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 12:23:00

Erin Riley immersed herself in warm bathwater, tilted her head against the tub and dozed in and out of sleep between contractions.

Miscarriage? Try again ASAP, study suggestsupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 19:45:00

When women have a miscarriage, one of the first questions they often ask is how long they should wait before getting pregnant again. A new study suggests that the sooner they start trying, the better.

Will you have your mother's menopause?updated: Sat Jul 17 2010 07:05:00

Sandra Gordon is dreading menopause. The 46-year-old from Weston, Connecticut, watched her mother's memory falter in her mid-50s, due to changing hormone levels. "Every time I get my period I say to myself, 'Yes! I'm so relieved!' " says Gordon.

Hot flashes? Losing weight may helpupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 09:05:00

Overweight women who experience hot flashes -- the uncomfortable flushing and sweating spells that accompany menopause -- may be able to cool those symptoms by losing weight, a new study suggests.

Fish oil linked to lower breast cancer riskupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 01:08:00

Millions of Americans already take fish oil to keep their hearts healthy and to treat ailments ranging from arthritis to depression. Now, a new study suggests that the supplements may also help women lower their risk of breast cancer.

What can cause bleeding during sex?updated: Mon Jul 05 2010 11:05:00

I have been bleeding during sex. An ER doctor I saw said it could be precancer cells. I am just wondering what causes these cells. Why does it happen, and what are the symptoms? I don't have a gynecologist because I lost my insurance.

Blood test may be able to predict menopauseupdated: Sun Jun 27 2010 09:58:00

A simple doctor's-office blood test may one day be able to predict when a woman will start menopause, possibly even in women in their 20s.

Ladies: 5 ways to feel sexy againupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 08:26:00

Losing interest in sex would be unfortunate for most people, but for Linda Poelzl it was a professional hazard.

Do women need a sex pill?updated: Mon Jun 21 2010 12:43:00

"The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my 30 years of research into the feminine soul, is, 'What does a woman want?' "

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