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Womentorz The Real Women Inventors of America

Womentorz The Real Women Inventors of America

Melinda Knight has a passion for Women Inventors, she’s an Inventor, Wife and Mother herself! But, when she created Womentorz a group comprised of Women Inventors who are not just Inventors; they are Entrepreneurs, some are Wives, Moms, juggling husbands,  children and family,  but all are busy women running day to day businesses. Melinda envisioned a one stop shop for Women Inventors, a place where they could find inspiration, advice from each other and more. Melinda is always thinking of the next thing that could help the women that join Womentorz.

Melinda’s recent endeavor may just be one of her best ideas yet!  Womentorz presents The Real Women Inventors of America are women she will feature each week who aren’t waiting for financial backing or coveted license deals.   They’re taking matters into their own hands; accepting the risk for the chance of reward.  These are the REAL women inventors of America who will be documenting what it takes to not only be an inventor, but a successful entrepreneur. Each inventor will have a chance to meet with three professionals from the industry who bring unique perspectives and knowledge to help the inventors take their businesses to the next level.

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Protecting and Strengthening Women’s Health

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius
Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

Most people don’t know that the Affordable Care Act is the strongest women’s health law since Medicare. If you look around the country you can see millions of American women getting more freedom in their health care choices.

It’s about time.

Despite all the progress women have made in the workplace, when President Obama took office less than half of us had the option of getting health insurance through our employer. That meant that many of us had to look for coverage in the individual market where the insurance companies had most of the power. If you had a breast cancer diagnosis, they could deny your application. Sometimes, they could even deny you coverage if you had been a victim of domestic violence. If your child had diabetes, they could deny him or her coverage, too.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, that’s changing. As of last fall, insurers can no longer deny coverage to children because of their pre-existing health conditions. And in 2014, this protection will extend to all Americans.

That’s not just important for women who are currently locked out of the health insurance market. It also makes an enormous difference for women with insurance who will have the freedom to make important choices, like changing jobs, without worrying about health coverage.

The law is also bringing greater fairness to women and families. Before the law was enacted, a 22-year-old woman could pay 150 percent more than a 22-year-old man for the exact same health insurance. Yet her coverage often failed to meet her needs. Thanks to the law, in 2014 it will be illegal to charge women extra for health insurance.

And starting in 2014, new, competitive health insurance marketplaces will be established where plans will be required to cover newborn and maternity care.

The health law is also protecting women from many of the worst abuses of the insurance industry. The Patient’s Bill of Rights has banned harmful policies like lifetime dollar limits, which often meant your benefits disappeared when you needed them most.

And we’ve removed the obstacles between families and their doctors, so you won’t have to ask permission from your insurance company to see a pediatrician or OB-GYN in your network.

The law also ensures that women have access to the care they need to lead healthy lives. In the past too many women went without care or screenings due to expensive co-pays. But under the law, every American who buys a new plan can access free preventive care like Pap smears and mammograms. That means women are no longer going to have to put off breast cancer screenings, taking the risk that their cancer could be caught late – when chances of survival can be as low as 23 percent – instead of early – when the survival rate is 98 percent.

These new rights and benefits are just the beginning. In the coming months and years the Affordable Care Act will continue to improve women’s health.

To learn more about how the law is helping women and families, check out this new web resource dedicated to the new rights and benefits available to women.

Mammograms Not as Accurate in Women Who Have Not Had Breast Cancer

By Catherine Donaldson-Evans Feb 23rd 2011

Categories: News

Mammograms are helpful at finding breast cancer in women who have already had the disease, but aren’t as accurate as in those who have no history of it, according to new research.

Scientists from Seattle found that there were more second cases of breast cancer detected in between mammograms, as well as more false positive test results, in women with a history of the disease compared with those who had never gotten a malignant breast tumor in the past.

“Screening mammography does work well in women with a history of breast cancer, so they should continue to get their annual screening mammogram,” study co-author Diana Miglioretti, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, told HealthDay News. “But they also need to remain vigilant because they are at increased risk of cancers not detected on mammography that show up between mammograms.”

The researchers analyzed results of almost 60,000 mammograms for nearly 20,000 women with early-stage breast cancer over a 12-year period, according to HealthDay. They compared it with the same number of mammograms for more than 55,000 women with no history of the disease.

Risk factors like age and breast density were taken into account, said the authors of study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In the year after their screening, 655 incidences of cancer showed up in women who’d had the disease before, while 342 cancers were discovered in those who hadn’t, the researchers said.

More specifically, the mammograms found about 77 percent of the breast cancers in patients who’d never had it versus 65 percent of the tumors in those who had. Only 1 percent of women without a history of breast cancer had a false positive test, while nearly 2 percent of those with a history had a false positive screening, the study showed.

As for the likelihood of “interval cancer” — tumors that crop up between mammogram screenings — the rate was 3.6 per 1,000 for those who’d previously had breast cancer compared with 1.4 per 1,000 in those who’d never had the illness.

“I think it’s mostly positive news,” Miglioretti told HealthDay. “Of the ones that are missed, most of them are early stage.”

She said the findings emphasize the importance of getting regular screenings after breast cancer is treated and going to the doctor right away if anything seems amiss.

Dr. William Audeh, a breast cancer risk specialist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles who wasn’t involved in the study, said cancer radiation and surgery can cause a woman’s breasts to change.

“That helps explain the false positives,” he told HealthDay.

Robert Smith, director of cancer screening for the American Cancer Society, said that though mammograms aren’t infallible, they are still very good at finding breast tumors.

“Despite poorer performance compared with women without a prior history of breast cancer, overall screening mammography was effective at detecting the majority of breast cancer in women with a [history] at an early favorable stage,” he told HealthDay.

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