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Health Care
10:59 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Dense Breast Notification Law Signed

Mammogram shows dense breast tissue on the left, a breast with mostly fatty tissue on the right.
Credit Mayo Clinic

Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed legislation that requires health care providers to tell women if they have dense breast tissue. The law is aimed at helping detect cancers a mammogram might miss.

Dense breast tissue is pretty common, especially in younger women. The issue is that dense tissue can make it more difficult for a mammogram to “see” cancerous growths. You may not be able to tell whether your breasts are made up of more dense tissue, but a radiologist can see it on a mammogram.

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The Pulse
12:51 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Who Needs A Mammogram?

That's a question only you and your doctor can answer. But news that a major, long-term study found no link between early screening (i.e., mammograms) and reduced deaths from breast cancer may have muddied the waters. So here are a few thoughts and resources to help shed some light.

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On Politics
12:31 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Buddy Cianci Diagnosed With Cancer, Says Prognosis Good

Former Providence Mayor Vincent `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., is being treated at Miriam Hospital for rectal cancer. Cianci, WPRO’s chief talk show host and a political analyst for ABC 6 said in a news release, ``I have been absent from the airwaves for the past week due to hospitalization for a recent diagnosis of cancer.’’

Cianci, 73,  said that medical opinions indicate that ``the cancer is completely curable’’ and that the prognosis ``is for a full recovery.’’

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Health Care
12:54 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Sen. Whitehouse Cancer Research Bill Becomes Law

Rhode Island vs. U.S. cancer death rates, 2009
Credit National Program of Cancer Registries / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has helped pass a new cancer research law that targets pancreatic and other hard-to-treat cancers. Whitehouse lost his own mother to pancreatic cancer several years ago. The legislation aims to boost early detection and treatment.

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Health Care
2:56 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Health director's priorities: end overdose deaths

Dept. of Health director Dr. Michael Fine
Credit Rhode Island Department of Health

Rhode Island Department of Health director Dr. Michael Fine says Rhode Island must address prescription drug abuse. Fine’s comments come as part of a list of priorities he’s shared with lawmakers.

Topping the list: ending deaths from prescription drug overdoses and colorectal cancer, as well as curbing the transmission of new HIV cases in Rhode Island. Fine also wants to reduce the number of premature births and C-section deliveries.

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