Review Finds Mammography’s Benefits Overplayed, Harms Dismissed

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by NANCY SHUTE
April 01, 2014 4:42 PM ET
Talk to women here in the office, and it quickly becomes clear that we’re confused about what to do about mammograms. And no wonder.

Two months ago, a widely publicized Canadian study found that mammograms did not reduce breast cancer deaths, but that study was fiercely criticized by the nation’s radiologists as “incredibly flawed and misleading.”

A few weeks earlier, an analysis found that screening all women annually starting at age 40, as the American Cancer Society recommends, costs $6.5 billion more a year more than following the U.S. Preventive Service’s Task Force recommendation that women be screened every other year starting at age 50.

Now, the latest entries — two studies that try to put all the previous research on mammography’s harms and benefits in perspective.

Mammograms are a key screening tool for breast cancer. But critics say they’re not good enough. Shots – Health News Latest Evidence Against Mammograms Adds To Women’s Uncertainty First, researchers at Harvard took a broad look at all the research on mammograms since 1960 — more than 50 years of study. They also looked at evidence on the harms of false positives and overdiagnoses, in which a woman is treated for a cancer that would never have proved deadly. And they reviewed whether current efforts to try to personalize a woman’s cancer risk helped a woman figure out whether it was worth her while to get a mammogram.

Their conclusion: The benefits of mammography, though real, have been oversold, while the harms have been minimized.

A woman gets a mammogram in Putanges, France. Shots – Health News Sorting Out The Mammogram Debate: Who Should Get Screened When? Annual mammograms reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer by about 19 percent, but the benefit varies widely based on a woman’s age and underlying cancer risk, the study found. For instance, about 1,904 women in their 40s would have to be screened to prevent one death, compared with just 377 women in their 60s.

That’s because breast cancer becomes much more common as a woman ages. At age 40, a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer in the next 10 years is 1.5 percent. At age 50, it’s 2.3 percent. And a 60-year-old has a 3.5 percent risk in the next decade.

The results were published Tuesday in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.

Some of the money spent on annual mammograms might do more good if it went toward risk-based screening, a doctor says.
Shots – Health News Are We Paying $8 Billion Too Much For Mammograms?
The analysis found that about 19 percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer as a result of a mammogram are overdiagnosed — getting surgery, chemotherapy or radiation to treat a cancer that would never be life-threatening.

The bottom line, the researchers say, is that mammography is a less-than-perfect screening test, and doctors and patients need a lot more help figuring out if and when to use it.

“Decisions about mammography should involve discussion of risks, benefits, uncertainties, alternatives and patient preferences,” the authors write.

And women age 75 and older really need to consider whether they should be having mammograms at all, a second study in JAMA reports. As the researchers point out, there are no randomized controlled trials of mammography in women in that age group. So there’s no way to know how much they might extend a woman’s life.

So the harms of screening probably outweigh any benefits in women who will live for less than 10 years, the researchers say, and women who think they will live longer than that should talk with their doctors about the benefits and risks.

National Women’s History Month!

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During this great month- I Will Survive will be sharing great information about women of triumph. She may have been a breast cancer survivor, she may be recently diagnosed with breast cancer and you want to honor her to give her hope, or she may have lost the battle to breast cancer. If she fits the above categories- please share so we can honor these women all month on our Facebook page.

Facts: As recently as the 1970′s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978.

The week March 8th, International Women’s Day, was chosen as the focal point of the observance. The local Women’s History Week activities met with enthusiastic response, and dozens of schools planned special programs for Women’s History Week. Over one-hundred community women participated by doing special presentations in classrooms throughout the country and an annual “Real Woman” Essay Contest drew hundreds of entries. The finale for the week was a celebratory parade and program held in the center of downtown Santa Rosa, California.

http://www.nwhp.org/whm/history.php

International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month.

http://www.diversityinc.com/diversity-facts/womens-history-month-facts/

Kroger Community Rewards® program/ IWS CONTEST

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Please help us gain more funds for our programs. You can do so by linking your Kroger plus card with I Will Survive, Inc. (IWS). Can’t decide which Kroger to shop at. There are several Kroger’s all over Georgia. One of our favorites, which seems to be the cleanest and widest range of organic selection is the Kroger in the Brookhaven area. They just remodeled too! Is far from you? You can find a Kroger closer to you. Once you find the Kroger you like, please follow these steps below to ensure you are connected to us. If you have not donated to IWS, there is still time before you do your taxes, or if you are a main shopper at Kroger, you can register your card in no time and feel great about buying food for you and your family and donating to a great cause at the same time. Please share and help someone else walk through the steps. We thank you for your continued support.

CONTEST: You can send in selfies to our Facebook or Instagram pages at Kroger and could win a free gift card to Kroger. Keep selfies PG-13 please. #IWillSurvive

RULES: Must be a Kroger plus card holder linked to I Will Survive, Inc. Two winners will be announced in October of 2014!

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Kroger Community Rewards®

NPO #55892 (I Will Survive, Inc.)

TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:

  • Simply register online at krogercommunityrewards.com
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with IWS after you sign up.
  • If you don’t have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count until after you register your card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Thank you,
The Community Rewards Team
 

Serving with Team Survive

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We are blessed to have two new team members on board. Kimberly will be running the Public Relations department for I Will Survive, Inc. (IWS) for the remainder of 2014. She is with JonAshtonPR. Robert will be doing some graphic designs and video work for IWS.

Do you have a skill you would like to share and want to be involved in your community? Do you have some extra down time and want to serve small or large? We are always looking for additional help.

Here is a good way to get started if you are looking to also join our team:

  1. Study our mission (Board members will be asked about it in the community)
  2. Review the website and other social media sites
  3. Be ready to lead the community and serve
  4. Dedicate time, talent, and treasure
  5. Learn the language (Every organization is slightly different)
  6. Plan to execute by attending meetings and staying active

————————————————————————————————————————–              Are you looking to join our team as well or just want to be more involved? Become a board member today for IWS! New board member orientation is March 15th 1:30pm- 3:00pm @MakiFresh in Buckhead. Email for application packet. Serious inquiries only please. Anisa.Palmer@IWillSurviveInc.org

Founder of I Will Survive, Inc., Anisa Palmer.

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Founder of I Will Survive, Inc., Anisa Palmer.

Anisa Palmer came in 12th place in her age group and wants to thank all those that participated. “Please remember to stay active all year round for your health- see you next year for the annual MLK Day 5K.” Follow her on twitter @AnisaPalmer

MLK Day 5K 2014- Join the I Will Survive Team!

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MLK Day 5K 2014
 
 
These organizations have created a Team for the MLK Day 5K. Click on each team name to learn more about them.
65ROSES - world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis
1027 Church - Our mission is to convert, grow, & serve the people of God as we LIVE life together
Andee’s Army - supporting children with brain injuries
Atlanta First United Methodist Church - Transforming lives by modeling Christ to the city and beyond

Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance - benefiting students and contributing to higher education
Back on My Feet - uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living. 
Black Girls RUN! - an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners
Black Men Run - encourage health and wellness among African American men by promoting a culture of running to stay fit
Covenant Community - residential life-stabilization program for homeless men recovering from substance abuse
Creflo Dollar Global Missions - committed to equipping people all over the world with the knowledge and wisdom needed to make decisions that will positively impact their futures.
Dunwoody HS Math & Academic Team
Emory Health Against Human Trafficking - Rally to stop human trafficking!
Fit Neighborhood - South Atlanta’s only results driven group and personal training
Georgia Law Center for the Homeless - a law firm that represents homeless individuals and families in civil administrative and judicial proceedings, including evictions, family law issues, wage claims, access to benefits and more
Georgia Tech GO T.E.C.H. (TEAMS ENCOURAGING CAMPUS HEALTH) - increasing awareness of health and wellness activities on our campus
High Aspirations Foundation Inc. (HAFI)- foundation that focuses on efforts to retrieve grants and other monetary contributions to provide scholarships for graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students who attain high academic excellence in the Atlanta area
I Will Survive, Inc., - Our mission is to increase breast cancer awareness through education and provide funding in lower income communities.
Inman Middle School Eagles
Kilometer Kids - Join thousands of kids in this fun filled running program!!
Peachtree Rd. Boot Camp - old school, platoon style basic training
Running Warriors (NAHS CC&Track)
runningnerds - Group Runs, Clinics, Social Forums, Challenges, Accomplishments!! 
The Salvation Army Bellwood Keystone Club
SCAD Atlanta Athletics - 
Tin Lizzy’s - 
The FitWit Foundation -  Provides Free fitness programs that build strength and develop character for the young people who need it most.
Tomorrow’s Luminaries Foundation - works with underserved students to provide extraordinary opportunities in literacy and leadership
Woodstock Youth Track Club - Our Primary goal is to help create a life long appreciation for running.
Zulu Racing - We provide complete, professional, race timing services and race/event management
 

As persons become increasingly able to form loyalties, the practical and on-going devotion to a cause bigger than themselves, and as these loyalties become unifiable in the higher purposes of groups of persons over many generations, humanity is increasingly better able to recognize that the highest ideal is the creation of a perfected “beloved community” in which each and every person shares. – Josiah Royce

 
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