Posts Categorized: Cancer

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 »

Gamma Knife Transforms Brain Tumor Treatment

Not so long ago, a small tumor deep within the brain could not be safely treated with traditional surgery or radiation without unacceptable risks of harm from the surgical procedure or from radiation’s effects on normal tissues. Now, we can destroy deep-seated brain tumors—up to about half an inch—with a targeted dose of 200 radiation… Read more »

Smoke-Free Laws Help Kids, Too

Smoke-free laws provide substantial health benefits for children, according to a recent study in the Lancet. Environments free of second-hand smoke are associated with a considerable decrease in premature births and a 10 percent reduction in hospitalizations for asthma in children, the Lancet analysis indicates. Multiple studies have demonstrated that smoke-free environments result in significantly… Read more »

Sexuality in the Breast Cancer Survivor: Free Event

Sexuality is an integral part of life. Yet cancer diagnosis and treatment can alter this facet of health and well-being. Every breast cancer survivor experiences some kind of sexual dysfunction, yet “the discussion” is often limited, awkward–or nonexistent. Please join us for “Lets Discuss Sexuality in the Breast Cancer Survivor” next Tuesday from 6:30 to… Read more »

Reduce Cancer Risk with a Healthy Diet

You can reduce cancer risk–including colorectal cancer, breast cancer and others–with a diet that is high in vegetables, fruit and whole grains and low in red and processed meats. Regularly eating food with good-for-you nutrients also reduces other health threats, like cardiovascular disease. Obesity is also a risk factor for many forms of cancer (breast;… Read more »