Five things that will age a Woman

Things That Will Age A Woman
  1. Smoking

It is no secret that smoking is bad for your health and can lead to emphysema, heart disease and many types of cancer but did you know it affects how you look too? Smoking is probably one of the worst things you can do, says Pascal Bordy, MD, general practitioner at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida. smoking induces wrinkles, makes the person look more pale and creates vertical lines around the lips. The toxins in cigarettes can also break down the elasticity of your skin, which leads to sagging. Are you ready to put down the pack yet?

  1. Not Washing Your Face at Night

Your skin needs to breathe and repair itself overnight, so it is important to wash away the dirt and grime that accumulates throughout the day. Skimping on your nighttime routine especially if you wear makeup can lead to breakouts, irritation, a dull complexion and even eye infections and premature wrinkling. You only need 30 seconds of washing with a gentle cleanser to keep your skin healthy and vibrant, so make it a bedtime must.

  1. Feeling Stressed

Nothing can make your body age faster than constant worry, anxiety and stress, says Bordy. In fact, research suggests stress is linked with shortened telomeres, a chromosome component that is associated with cellular aging. When a telomere has been depleted, the cell often dies, speeding up the aging process; some research has found that people with high work-related stress have the shortest telomeres. Plus, stress can increase blood pressure, age your brain and disrupt your sleep. Learn how to identify and manage your stressors, and practice deep breathing and meditation to diffuse their effects.

  1. Cutting Out All Fats

As delicious as bacon and butter are, it is wise to limit saturated and trans fats ñ the fats that can up your risk of heart disease and stroke. Just do not ditch heart-healthy unsaturated fats, too. Salmon, nuts, avocado and olive oil contain good fats like omega-3s and monounsaturated fat. These kinds of fats calm inflammation, lower the risk of heart attack and keep your hair, skin and joints healthy.

  1. Not Getting Enough Sleep

    Checking items off your to-do list, rather than getting a good night’s sleep, is more harmful than you think. More than one-third of Americans do not get the recommended amount of sleep per night, according to Bordy. When you get to sleep, the parasympathetic system takes over and allows the body to repair itself. Sleep deprivation can lead to to high blood pressure, weight gain and diabetes ñ not to mention under-eye circles and a dull complexion. Aim for seven to nine hours every night.


3D Mammograms Improve Breast Cancer Screening

Things That Will Age A Woman

Higher detection rates, fewer false alarms seen with newer technology, study says

TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Newer, three-dimensional mammograms may be better at picking up invasive tumors and avoiding false alarms than traditional breast cancer screening methods, a study of 13 U.S. hospitals suggests.

Researchers found that 3D mammography, used along with standard digital mammograms, bumped up breast cancer detection rates by more than 40 percent.

At the same time, there was a 15 percent dip in the number of women who had to return for more tests because of a suspicious mammogram finding.

Experts said the findings, reported in the June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggest the 3D technology can boost the accuracy of mammography screening.

“This is very positive,” said Dr. Etta Pisano of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, who wrote an editorial published with the study.

“If you have access to 3D mammography, you should feel comfortable getting it,” Pisano said.

“We found 3D mammography really does help doctors find more invasive breast cancers while cutting down on callbacks,” Friedewald said. A “callback” happens when a mammogram picks up something suspicious, and the doctor wants to do additional imaging or a biopsy. For most women, it turns out to be nothing; according to the American Cancer Society, fewer than 10 percent of women called back for more testing are diagnosed with breast cancer.

By Amy Norton

HealthDay Reporter


More than half of women don’t get mammograms

More Than Half Of Women Don’t Get Mammograms

Every October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as a reminder to women to be diligent about breast cancer screening. But a new study released Wednesday has found more than half of U.S. women do not get proper testing for the disease.

A survey conducted by the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), a non-profit organization that studies disease in women, revealed that although four out of five women agree mammograms are important, only 54 percent actually get them.

Guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommend yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.

Among the barriers to scheduling a mammogram, the majority of women cited high cost and lack of insurance as the most significant. Women also reported that they must consider non‐medical costs, including travel, time off work, and childcare.

The survey was conducted among 3,501 women in September 2014, to better understand women’s habits and perceptions around breast cancer screening.

The results of the survey suggest a need for health literacy, with 68 percent of women being unaware that coverage of mammograms is mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act, which states the screening be given without a co-pay or deductible, Phyllis Greenberger, president and CEO of SWHR, said.

“We clearly need to be doing a better job educating women about new preventive benefits that are available to them through the Affordable Care Act,” she said. “No woman over 40 should miss an annual screening because they are concerned about cost.”

Of those women who do get an annual mammogram, over half said reminders from their primary care doctor play a critical role in keeping up with the diagnostic test.

“There is so much confusion about mammography.  Women need clarity,” Greenberger said. “We need improved public health and policy education so that women and their health care providers know what the recommendations are”.

A staggering 47 percent of women reported being called for further testing after receiving abnormal mammogram results, triggering feelings of fear, stress and sadness. To help reduce this number, Greenberger said she thinks all women should have access to the very latest medical technology.

“I’m encouraged by new technology like the 3D mammogram. Studies on 3D mammography have shown dramatic increases in detection of invasive cancers, while also significantly decreasing false alarms,” she said.

Findings show women feel the same. In fact, two-thirds said they would switch insurance providers to receive more accurate breast cancer screening, like 3D mammography coverage.

“Improvements in screening technology that allow health care providers to detect this disease earlier when it’s easier to treat, may mean the difference between life and death.”