3 To Know: FDA proposes mammogram changes, more

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1. FDA proposes mammogram changes for first time in 20 years to identify breast cancer early

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new rules Wednesday that will require mammogram centers to tell women more about how dense breast tissue can affect their health and increase their cancer risk. 

Dense breast tissue can hide cancer and tumors. A new Food and Drug Administration proposal aims to provide more information to women about their risks.
Dense breast tissue can hide cancer and tumors. A new Food and Drug Administration proposal aims to provide more information to women about their risks.

The proposal aims to identify breast cancer risks earlier, amending regulations under the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992.

"The new proposed rule on mammography will require, for the first time under federal rules, that women receive information about breast density to better inform their healthcare decisions," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. 

Women with dense breasts will be notified that they are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer and that X-ray results aren't always as accurate for them, because tumors can go undetected behind dense tissue.

Some states already require centers to provide this information to patients. 

More than half of women over the age of 40 in the U.S. have dense breasts, FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy said. 

2. Endangered Florida panther dies after being hit by car

An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle near Immokalee.

It's the fifth fatality involving a vehicle this year, out of seven total panther deaths in 2019.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported the remains of a 7-month-old male panther were found Sunday northwest of Immokalee.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire Southeast, but now their habitat mostly is confined to a small region of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.

3. Don't change your birth year to 2007 on Twitter

You were promised new timeline color options.

You ended up getting blocked from the social networking site.

If you, like many people, were lured into changing your birth year on Twitter to 2007 to unlock new color schemes, you fell victim to one of social media's latest hoaxes. 

Earlier this week, rumors were circulating that changing your birthyear would give you access to Twitter's nostalgic old appearance. 

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Unfortunately, it doesn't work. 

"Please don't do this," the company said via a tweet.

What ends up happening is your profile gets shut down because you're suddenly signaling to Twitter that you're underage.

The required age for making a Twitter account is 13, according to the platform's terms of service.

It seems that the viral lie stems from a tweet sent Monday evening that received more than 20,000 retweets and more than 37,000 likes. The tweet said that changing your birthyear makes your "twitter feed all colourful."

Though it's unclear how many people fell victim to the trick, the social networking site tweeted a response to the call-to-action on Wednesday saying that there are no new color schemes.