Breast Cancer myths, Wait longer between paps, Higher blood pressure
Breast Cancer myths
|Updated: 10/23/2012 5:45 pm
||Published: 10/23/2012 5:04 pm
Despite all of the pink shirts, campaigns, and messages about breast cancer, there are still myths.
Breast cancer expert doctor Katherine Lee says women often think tumor types run in families.
Another myth is that radiation exposure from a yearly mammogram will increase your cancer risk.
According to Dr. Lee, there is no scientific evidence to support this and the benefits of finding cancer early outweigh the risks.
Wait longer between paps
Most women can wait three to five years between pap tests for cervical cancer.
That's the latest guideline released by the American College Of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Recommendations are that most women between 21 and 29 should have a pap test no more than once every three years.
And women between 30 and 65 have a pap test along with an HPV test every five years.
The American Cancer Society estimates more than 1200 U.S. women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year.
Higher blood pressure
More and more Americans are getting their high blood pressure under control.
Researchers followed more than 9300 high blood pressure patients.
They found those who said their BP was under control increased from 29% in 2007 to 47% in 2010.
The team says increased use of multiple drug combinations likely explains the increase.
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