NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) — The FDA is proposing a new rule that would require facilities to notify women about their breast density and how it can affect the accuracy of their mammogram. Patients would also be told to talk with their doctors about the link between density and cancer risk. Dense breasts can be more difficult to interpret on mammograms and are considered a risk factor for breast cancer.
Researchers are drawing a connection between a woman’s reproductive years and brain health. A new study in the journal Neurology shows women who have fewer reproductive years, meaning they start their period later, go through early menopause or have a hysterectomy may have a higher risk of developing dementia.
And African American women with poor oral health may be at increased risk for pancreatic cancer. Researchers used data from the Black Women’s Health Study and say bacteria in the mouth and inflammation may increase the risk.
Those are some of today’s top health stories. Hilary Lane, CBS News, New York.