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Not all women have the same risk for developing breast cancer
over a lifetime. Certain factors increase a woman’s risk, and
some have a bigger impact on risk than others. However, having
several risk factors doesn’t mean you’ll inevitably develop
breast cancer. Likewise, having few risk factors doesn’t mean
that you’ll never develop it. Many risk factors, such as age and
gender, are not within our control. Others, especially those
related to personal behaviors, can be modified.
One of the strongest known risk factors for breast cancer is high
breast density — that is, relatively little fat in the breast and
more connective and glandular tissue, as seen on a mammogram.
Now, a study has found that higher breast density in
postmenopausal women increases the risk of specific types of
breast cancer, including some that have a relatively poorer
Warts are generally harmless and often disappear on their own over time, but they're unsightly, and some, like those found on the soles of the feet, can make walking and exercise painful. Getting rid of warts can be a challenge, but fortunately, the most effective treatments are the least invasive.
Soon you may be hearing a lot about low-intensity vibration
therapy for strengthening bones and reducing the risk of
fractures. Two low-intensity oscillating devices designed for
home use are coming onto the market, and the Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which advises the federal
government on health care matters, is expected to issue a report
highlighting the evidence as well as the many unanswered
questions about this unique approach to help postmenopausal women
at risk for osteoporosis.
About a third of people over age 65 fall each year, and foot problems are one of the major causes. A program aimed at improving the foot health of older people through examinations, exercises, advice, and orthotic shoe inserts may help prevent falls.
A study provides one more reason to carve out time every day for a brisk walk or similar exercise, especially if you have vascular disease or are at risk for developing it. Vascular disease, including heart disease and other conditions that affect blood vessels, increases the risk of age-related problems with memory and thinking, known as cognitive decline.
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I'm 75 years old and healthy. My doctor is still recommending
annual Pap tests for me. I have no history of any problems in
this area and have had normal Pap tests for years. Is this
necessary at my age?