Tuesday, August 23, 2016

For Dense Breasts, Annual Mammograms

Women with dense breasts should get yearly mammograms, says science.
Currently, most women get mammograms every 2 years.
A new study just published in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine says that women who've been told they have "dense" breasts coupled with a history of tumors or other risk factors for breast cancer should seek mammograms yearly. The current recommendation for women over 50 with no risk is a mammogram every 2 years.

This study, which was funded mainly by the National Cancer Institute, looked at US women age 50 and over. The women had a variety of breast health issues, ranging from no known increase to a known risk and from low-density to high-density breast tissue.

What Are "Dense" Breasts?

Breast density is determined by the amount of fibrous or glandular tissue a breast has, compared to the amount of fatty tissues present. Less fat and more fiber equals denser breasts.

Contrary to what you'll read on some blogs, breast density cannot be measured at home. Breast density is, says the American Cancer Society, unrelated to breast size, shape or firmness.

Why Not Yearly Mammograms For Every Woman?

So why doesn't every woman just play it safe and go in once a year? Because more mammograms, say researchers, mean more false positives. And that means more worry for healthy women and unnecessary, and invasive, medical tests like biopsies. That burden, claim some breast health experts, simply isn't worth it, even though they admit yearly screening could find more cancers earlier for some women.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Miracle Diet 30 Warning Letter Is Public

Miracle Diet 30's FDA warning letter is now public, following it's 2015 recall.
Photo by FDA.
The US Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, recently made public its official warning letter to Miracle Diet 30's parent company and its owner, Rene Castillo, of North Miami Beach.

The warning letter doesn't add much to what we learned back in September when Miracle Diet 30 was recalled. Back then, it was disclosed that FDA tests on the supplement found phenolphthalein in samples of the weight loss supplement.

Phenolphthalein is a laxative once widely used in over-the-counter medications but was pulled from the US market after it was deemed a "known carcinogen" with a "high probability" of causing serious health problems, especially in long-term users.

As far as I can tell, Rene Castillo has not publicly commented on the release of the FDA's warning letter.