Posts Categorized: Cancer

Watch for Stomach Cancer Risks

In its early stages, stomach cancer (also called gastric cancer) rarely shows symptoms, so it is often left undiagnosed. As stomach cancer develops, it can cause pain, bleeding, weight loss, nausea, getting full quickly or loss of appetite. Though uncommon in the US, the risk of gastric cancer increases with: • high-salt diets (including cured… Read more »

Lung Cancer: 4 Areas of Progress and Challenge

Lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer death for adults in the US. But clinicians and researchers are making inroads against the disease. Recent progress and challenges in the field include: 1. Smoking – A dramatic decline in the number of smokers directly relates to clear evidence that smoking causes lung cancer and… Read more »

Top 5 Breast Cancer Research Topics

What’s the future of breast cancer research? Let’s consider some news-making studies: 1. Breast Cancer Prevention The American Cancer Society is searching for the causes of breast cancer with large, long-term study. 2. Decision Making There are medications available to women who are at high risk for breast cancer. A national study is evaluating what… Read more »

Top 5 Reasons Not to Hate Your Mammogram

Discomfort from breast compression causes some women to delay their mammography appointment. While it’s hard to love getting a mammogram, there are five good reasons for them: 1. Mammography has helped reduce US breast cancer mortality by nearly a third since 1990. 2. Of all the years of life saved by mammography, 40 percent are… Read more »

Breast Cancer: Top 5 Things You Need to Know

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s look beyond the pink ribbons to learn about risk factors, protection, research – and saving lives. Here are the basics on breast cancer: 1. Gender is the biggest risk factor for developing breast cancer. There will be about 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in American women… Read more »

Radical Prostatectomy or Observation for Localized Prostate Cancer?

In a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Wilt and the PIVOT Study Group reported the results of the first randomized controlled study of radical prostatectomy versus observation for the treatment of prostate cancer in the modern PSA (prostate cancer screening) era. The study randomized 731 men with clinically localized… Read more »

What Women Should Know About Cervical Cancer

The most telling sign of cervical cancer is abnormal bleeding. The classic sign is bleeding after intercourse. However, early cancers are found at the time of a pap smear with either an abnormal pap smear or an abnormal lesion seen on the cervix. The first thing everyone diagnosed with cervical cancer should do is breathe…. Read more »

Buffett’s Prostate Cancer Is Not a Death Knell

Warren Buffett has announced to shareholders that he has the most common cancer in men, Stage 1 prostate cancer. The information he released is insufficient to determine prognosis let alone what treatment is needed, if any. However, statistics are generally on Mr. Buttett’s side. Autopsy studies show that most men will eventually present with prostate… Read more »

Controversy Persists About Prostate Cancer Screening

In 2009, the publication of the results of two large screening studies ignited the controversy over prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing and prostate cancer screening. Now, both studies have been updated and debate continues. This month, the New England Journal of Medicine published an update of the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC)… Read more »