Posts Categorized: Cancer

Reboot Your Life with the Great American Smokeout

Tomorrow, for the 2013 Great American Smokeout, we’re joining the American Cancer Society to remind tobacco users that you can quit. Though this is the 37th year of the Great American Smokeout, smoking continues to be a leading cause of preventable disease and death: It kills more than 25,000 New Yorkers annually. Quitting is the… Read more »

E-Cigarettes: Friend or Foe?

Sales of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are exploding rapidly, and so is controversy over them. Are they a breakthrough aid to help stop smoking or addictive, harmful devices? E-cigarettes are battery-operated gadgets that heat liquid nicotine, flavors and other chemicals into a vapor that users inhale. The amount of nicotine they deliver varies widely and their… Read more »

Women Don’t Know Their Breast Cancer Risk

Almost all women are unaware of their true breast cancer risk, according to research I recently completed. Nearly 10,000 responses to a 25-question survey showed that 90.6 percent of women did not accurately assess their breast cancer risk. Knowing the risk of breast cancer can help women seek more effective, timely care. A majority of… Read more »

Help on the Breast Cancer Journey

Women facing breast cancer can feel anxious or confused, so it helps to have a personal guide through the complexities of the clinical, emotional and practical aspects of their diagnosis and treatment. As an oncology nurse navigator, I work closely with North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute’s multidisciplinary specialists–including breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons,… Read more »

Become a Breast Cancer Ambassador

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) is almost here, so please join us for Positively Pink on Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. at LIJ Medical Center’s Patient and Family Education Room in the Katz Lobby. The free breast health education and training program empowers attendees to become Breast Health Ambassadors who promote breast cancer screenings… Read more »

FDA Examines Arsenic in Rice

There are about 2.6 to 7.2 micrograms of arsenic in rice products per serving, according to recently released FDA analysis. The agency examined about 1,100 new samples of rice and rice products to understand and manage possible arsenic-related risks associated with the US food supply. While the findings indicates that levels of arsenic in rice… Read more »

3D Mammograms Advance Screening, Detection

Digital mammograms are the gold standard for breast cancer screening. A new device enhances this technology by producing a three-dimensional (3D) image of the breast. Called digital breast tomosynthesis, this change could revolutionize breast cancer screening and diagnosis. Tomosynthesis obtains a series of 15 low-dose, high-resolution images in a sweeping arc around the breast. This… Read more »

10 Years Without Secondhand Smoke

New York State enacted the Clean Indoor Air Act 10 years ago today to protect workers from secondhand smoke and help reduce smoking rates. The law bans smoking in workplaces and entertainment/leisure venues—saving nonsmokers from inhaling unwanted tobacco smoke and preventing millions of New Yorkers from developing smoking-related illness. Eliminating smoking indoors is the only… Read more »