breast cancer

Report: WellPoint Targeted Then Dropped Breast Cancer Patients

Report: WellPoint Targeted Then Dropped Breast Cancer Patients

Is it too late for WellPoint to get into the Worst Company In America competition? A new report says the insurance giant and its subsidiaries have been deliberately targeting policyholders recently diagnosed with breast cancer and going to great lengths to have their policies nullified. [More]

New Study Shows Link Between Teen Drinking And Breast Disease

New Study Shows Link Between Teen Drinking And Breast Disease

Many teenagers aren’t deterred from drinking alcohol just because it happens to be illegal, but maybe the chance of developing non-cancerous breast disease will make teen girls think twice before picking up that six-pack of hard lemonade: A new study suggests that frequent alcohol consumption could increase the chances that a teen will get benign breast disease in their 20s. [More]

NY Atty General: Breast Cancer Charity Duped Donors Out Of $500K

NY Atty General: Breast Cancer Charity Duped Donors Out Of $500K

Among the ranks of scams, running a fake charity falls under the heading of “soulless.” That’s why it’s both dismaying and hopeful to hear that the Attorney General for the state of New York has, at least temporarily, put a stop to an organization it claims raised more than $500,000 under false pretenses. [More]

https://consumerist.com/2008/10/27/the-new-york-times-has/

The New York Times has an interesting article about the speed at which new medical devices are approved by the FDA. The article focuses on a breast cancer treatment that is widely prescribed, but which has not been conclusively shown to be as effective as traditional radiation. [NYT]

BCBCS Must Think Your Breasts Are A "Pre-Existing Condition"

BCBCS Must Think Your Breasts Are A "Pre-Existing Condition"

Marc’s girlfriend found some lumps in her breasts, the mammogram and ultrasound came back ok, but BCBS is denying coverage for the biopsy, saying it’s a “pre-existing condition.” The out-of-pocket cost is over $2,000. We’re confused, BCBS. What pre-existing condition? That she has breasts? That she might not have cancer?

HMOs Fail To Screen For Cancer, Major Diseases

HMOs Fail To Screen For Cancer, Major Diseases

12 million Californians are at a greater risk for cancer and other major diseases thanks to HMOs that fail to provide adequate preventive care, according to a Health Care Quality Report Card produced by the California Patient’s Advocate.