February 21, 2014
DOCTORS tell many American women that they need a yearly mammogram to screen for breast cancer. Early detection saves lives, women are told. But evidence has been mounting for years that mammograms do not reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer. Last week, the British Medical Journal released a blockbuster, long-term study of nearly 90,000 Canadian women. It concluded that yearly mammography screenings for women 40 to 59 do not reduce breast cancer deaths, though they make a diagnosis of breast cancer more likely.
January 19, 2014 |
DOWNINGTOWN A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday vacated the $1 million bail set for former Chester County District Judge Rita Arnold. Judge John Braxton had defended his decision to hike Arnold's bail in an opinion filed last week, saying it was not excessive despite being 10 times what he imposed earlier in her case. An unnamed Superior Court judge disagreed and reduced Arnold's bail to the $100,000 she posted in October. The decision will allow Arnold, convicted of concealing a citation filed against her son, to remain free while she appeals the sentence of 16 to 32 months imposed by Braxton.
December 19, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER Former District Judge Rita Arnold has been ordered back to prison by a judge who declined to reconsider her sentence in light of her ongoing treatments for breast cancer. Arnold, who pleaded guilty in June to concealing a citation filed against her son, hung her head Tuesday as the judge ordered her to finish serving out the 16- to 32-month prison sentence he imposed in October. Behind her, more than 25 friends and family members who packed the Chester County courtroom erupted in sobs and screams.
November 24, 2013 |
Demi goes for respectability It's time we respected youngster Demi Lovato , 21, as a serious artist and a woman of conscience. "I think no matter what way you say it, you're gonna be in the public eye and people are gonna look up to you. I just decided that I turned 21, I gotta be an adult, I've gotta act like one and here I am," Demi tells Hollyscoop. And she tells Entertainment Weekly she's tired of singers who write songs just for their shock value. "You're more respected as an artist" if you stay away from that material, she says.
November 16, 2013 |
Barbra Watson Riley, 45, the daughter of Bernard C. Watson, a prominent educator and civic leader in Philadelphia, died of breast cancer Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Mayo Clinic and Hospice in Phoenix. She lived in Paradise Valley, Ariz. A Philadelphia native, Mrs. Riley attended John Story Jenks and Julia R. Masterman Schools before graduating from Germantown Friends School, where she played on the tennis team. Her father is chairman of the board of trustees of the Barnes Foundation.
November 8, 2013 |
The judge who sentenced former Magisterial District Judge Rita Arnold to 16 to 32 months in prison for concealing a citation filed against her son has agreed to weigh at a hearing next month whether the punishment was appropriate. Arnold was sentenced by Senior Judge John Braxton on Oct. 15. Her attorney, Heidi Eakin, had requested house arrest in part because Arnold is undergoing treatment for a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. "This sentence was way over the top of the guidelines," Eakin said.
November 7, 2013 |
Great news: Pennsylvania recently passed a law to improve women's health. Alas, it is based on faulty science and lacks funding. On Friday, right after the pink-ribboned month of October, Gov. Corbett signed into law the Breast Density Notification Act. The law requires mammography centers to notify women about breast density so they might consider further tests such as ultrasounds and MRIs. Denser breasts appear white in mammograms, as do tumors, making them more difficult to read.
November 4, 2013 |
THERESA OTERI was in Florida with her aunt, Nancy Desiderio, on Aug. 23, 2011, when a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Virginia sent tremors up and down the East Coast. The two weren't among the millions of people who felt a hint of the unexpected quake. "But believe me," Oteri said, "our world shook. " Desiderio, an active, outgoing woman who at 60 looked a good decade younger, was diagnosed that day with stage 4 lung cancer. The grim diagnosis was completely unexpected. Desiderio had been in seemingly terrific shape.
October 28, 2013 |
Some call it the "icing on the cake. " Others deem it the "illusion of a protrusion. " But for Patricia Missiras, 57, of Brookhaven, having 3-D areolas and nipples tattooed to her reconstructed breasts goes much deeper. It's part of her quest to put her bilateral mastectomy, chemo, and radiation firmly in the rear-view mirror. "I want to look as normal as I did before," she says. "I know it's not going to look exactly the same, but I want to get back to where I was before all of this happened.
October 24, 2013
IT'S BEEN well-documented that exercise can help prevent chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and, yes, even cancer. It can probably do more for your health than anything else (and help you look youthfully svelte, to boot). Here's another example. A study released early this month demonstrates that simply walking for an hour a day can reduce a postmenopausal woman's risk of developing breast cancer by a stunning 14 percent. And that's walking at a leisurely 3 mph pace - "without any other recreational physical activities, just walking," said Alpa V. Patel, a senior epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society and senior author of the study.