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April 2007 Archives

OVARIAN CANCER: ONE OF THE MOST COMMON CANCERS IN WOMEN

According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer in women (excluding skin cancer), and ranks fifth as the cause of cancer deaths in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 22,430 women will be diagnosed with the disease in the United States this year, and approximately 15,280 women will die this year from ovarian cancer. Two-thirds of women with ovarian cancer are 55 or older, with Caucasian women slightly more at risk than African-American women. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 67. The risk of getting this cancer and dying from it is 1 in 95.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS HAVE INCREASED BY 70% SINCE 2001

According to the AAA Mid-Atlantic Report, the number of motorcycle accidents has increased over 70 percent in the last five years and have tripled over the last decade. This recent increase in motorcycle accidents is due, in part, to an increase in motorcycle riders. According to the US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, older motorcycle riders (40 and over) now account for about half of all motorcycle fatalities. NHTSA data shows that in 2005, 47 percent of motorcycle riders killed in crashes were age 40 or over, compared with 25 percent ten years earlier.

DOG BITE ATTACKS AND AN OWNER'S RESPONSIBILITY

According to statistics, nearly five million Americans are bitten by dogs every year. On average, 16% (one of six) of all dog bite victims seek medical attention for their injuries. If you have been attacked and bitten by a dog, you may be wondering if you need to contact a lawyer, or if you even have a case.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RECOMMENDS BREAST MRI'S FOR WOMEN WHO ARE HIGH RISK FOR BREAST CANCER

According to new guidelines published by the American Cancer Society, approximately 1.4 million women in the United States have an unusually high risk of developing breast cancer. These women should undergo an annual MRI examination as well as a mammogram. A recent study also suggests that women newly diagnosed with breast cancer should undergo MRI examination. For women with a new diagnosis of cancer in one breast, MRI is much better than mammography for determining whether the other breast carries a cancer. Women at very high risk of breast cancer can be diagnosed much earlier when combining the two technologies rather than using mammography alone.

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