Posts Categorized: Cancer

A New Colorectal Screening Test

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new colorectal screening test called Cologuard. The Cologuard test (or assay) can check stool samples for DNA alterations/abnormalities that are known to happen with colorectal cancer and polyps. This is an exciting new tool that could increase the number of patients who get screened for… Read more »

Should We Have a Tobacco-Free Military?

Do US military service members need tobacco? Many think so, and say it is built in to the “warrior culture.” Despite tobacco’s distinction as the leading cause of preventable death, disease and disability in the US, smoking and chewing it is more socially acceptable in the military than in civilian circles. In fact, nearly 30… Read more »

Nutrition and Cancer Treatment–Free Event

Join us for Nutrition and Cancer Treatment, part of our free Bridge to Survivorship: Gynecologic Cancer Educational Series. The presentation will take place at Monter Cancer Center in Lake Success next Thursday, August 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Eating well during cancer treatment can help you feel better and maintain your strength and energy,… Read more »

Cancer/Nutrition: What’s the Link?

A free presentation will cover the cancer/nutrition connection for breast cancer survivors on Tuesday evening in Lake Success. Diet and lifestyle changes may prevent one in three cancers, according to the American Institute of Cancer Research. Diet may not the definitive solution for cancer prevention, but it’s important for the breast cancer survivor to focus… Read more »

3D Mammograms Have Real Advantages

Breast-cancer screening via 3D mammograms finds slightly more cancers than standard digital mammography and requires fewer women to return for more testing, according to research in the new issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Also called digital mammography with tomosynthesis, 3D mammograms obtain a series of 15 low-dose, high-resolution images in a… Read more »

Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer

Brachytherapy has been proven as a highly effective prostate cancer treatment. This outpatient procedure, which is usually finished in about an hour, uses radiation in the form of tiny “seeds” that are carefully injected via a needle-stick into the prostate, near the tumor. There is no cutting or suturing, and patients may return to 100%… Read more »

To PSA or not to PSA: That Is the Thorny Question

Fewer men are undergoing prostate-specific antigen (PSA) evaluations since the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced its controversial recommendation not to undergo the PSA test. This will lead to lower diagnosis and subsequent treatment rates for prostate cancer. According to the results of this task force, a PSA test would never be performed,… Read more »

Skin Damage: A Permanent Reminder of Days in the Sun

If you think tanned skin gives you “a healthy glow,” think again. Enough exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from any source, natural or otherwise, causes skin damage–such as skin cancer and premature aging–in anyone. I’ve seen signs of aging and skin cancer in patients as young as their 20s. Tanning salons do not prevent skin… Read more »

Summer Fruits Entice for a New Reason

Something everybody can enjoy this time of year is summer fruits. In time for this bounty of flavor, the European Journal of Cancer has reported that eating fruit reduces the risk of developing stomach cancer. The journal authors analyzed 24 separate studies (called a meta-analysis) that included a total of 2.4 million participants for about… Read more »

World No Tobacco Day: In Praise of High Taxes

The last day of May is World No Tobacco Day. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is using its campaign to call upon governments worldwide to raise and maintain high levels of taxes on tobacco products. The price of tobacco plays a significant role in starting and maintaining a cigarette habit. Raising tobacco taxes… Read more »