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To cement their argument, they note that women diagnosed with breast cancer between the ages of 40 and 50 -- none of whom had a mammogram during this study period -- had the greatest improvement in outcomes, with a reduction in deaths from breast cancer of 42 percent. This benefit could only be ascribed to better treatment. Everyone agrees that mammograms do save lives. The question is: How many? Today, mammograms as a screening tool for breast cancer are an integral, deeply embedded component of the way in which we manage the health of adult women with a goal of early detection of breast cancer. To stop screening mammograms is unthinkable. But we should certainly pay more attention to the age at which mammograms should be done and how frequently they are done. These parameters are critical because of the downsides of mammograms, which not only include the problem of identifying cancers of no clinical significance but also the so-called “false positive” where something suspicious on a mammogram leads to needless biopsies and even surgery. There is still consensus that mammograms should commence at age 50 and end at age 75. If a person has no family history of breast cancer, has not used hormone replacement, does not smoke, has had children and has breastfed, a mammogram should be done every two to three years. In Europe, every three years is frequently the norm. Any woman who has a strong family history of breast cancer, particularly if the cancer occurred at a young age, should get an annual mammogram. And based on a careful discussion between doctor and patient, the first mammogram can be recommended at age 40. The good news is that breast cancer treatments, even for cancers that have spread to lymph nodes, have a cure rate as high as 85 percent. The key challenge with mammography at the moment is distinguishing between tiny cancers that will never cause a problem and those that will prove fatal without treatment. Until this differentiation can be made, we have no choice but to assume that all are potentially fatal and treat accordingly.

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People who fully recover from either usually don’t have permanent damage. They are vulnerable to a second episode, however. Your daughter can protect herself on her next visit by slowly ascending and by taking Diamox. It’s a mild diuretic that affords good protection against altitude sickness. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have developed an unquenchable thirst, which makes me drink water all the time. As a result, I have to spend a lot of time in the bathroom urinating. Can a person drink too much water? -- A.C.

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The New Year is coming, along with all that potential for a fresh start in the form of resolutions. It doesn’t need to be difficult to make changes. All DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Our 37-year-old ANSWER: A person can drink too much wadaughter lives in Denver. She took her younger ter, but that’s a very rare situation. A more likely ex- we need to do is start small and decide on what can add positives to our life. sister skiing where the altitude was 11,800 feet. planation of what’s happening to you is diabetes. Consider asking your doctor what you can Our younger daughter lives in Toronto, where Excessive thirst, drinking water nonstop to do in the New Year to increase your level of health. the altitude is 250 feet. She felt discomfort or satisfy the thirst and the resulting need to urinate freThe answer might be rather simple, such as, “Get worse at the higher level. quently are signs of diabetes. 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