Prevent Cancer Foundation Blog

mammogram

Knowledge is Powerful

Posted by Jeanne Ellinport on March 25th, 2015 | No Comments »
aj

The Prevent Cancer Foundation has campaigned for cancer screenings for 30 years. These screening tests are integral to early detection, and early detection leads to saving lives. Combined results from randomized screening trials suggest that mammograms reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer by 15% to 20%, while studies of modern mammogram screening programs in Europe found that the risk of breast cancer death was reduced by more than one-third. When detected early, the ...

Cancer Queens Use “Edutainment” to Promote Screening and Awareness

Posted by Sheila Bates, MSSW, Manager, Community Outreach, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center on December 15th, 2011 | No Comments »
Bates Cancer Queen 10-21-08

Envision a group of women donning feather boas and rhinestone tiaras, dancing to the sound of “The Loco-motion” while singing the lyrics, “Every woman needs this lifesavin’ test now. Come on baby, go and get your Pap smear.” These 10 lovely ladies are a part of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Cancer Queens! A Cancer Prevention Musical Revue! This traveling troupe of professional health educators volunteer to perform a 45-minute, live show featuring skits and song and dance ...

Falling Mammography Rates Alarm Researchers

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 25th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
avatar

In 2002, a U.S. government study found that women who used hormone therapy as a treatment for menopausal symptoms had an increased risk of developing breast cancer or heart disease, leading to a sharp drop in their use. This precipitated fewer visits to the doctor and fewer opportunities for reminders about mammograms, and, as a result, researchers found that mammography rates dropped in 2005 for the first time in nearly two decades. With fewer women ...