Posts Categorized: Cancer

Sunburn Today, Skin Cancer Tomorrow?

While enjoying the extra hours of summer sunshine, keep an eye on your exposure to avoid developing skin cancer. Repeated, unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight (plus man-made sources like tanning beds) increases your risk of skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Most skin cancers probably come from exposure that happened… Read more »

Omega-3 Fish Oil: Bad for the Prostate?

Consuming large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids may not be right for everyone: Researchers have observed a link between the intake of omega-3 —found in fish-oil supplements and fresh tuna, salmon, and trout–and an increased risk of prostate cancer. Scientists found a strong association between high consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and a 43 percent… Read more »

Why Do Some Survive Cancer and Others Don’t?

Sunday, June 2, is National Cancer Survivors Day—a time when millions celebrate life. The celebration raises the question, “Why isn’t everyone who is diagnosed with cancer a survivor?” For example, why do more than 70 percent of women diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer succumb to the disease within 5 years, while less than 30… Read more »

BRCA and Your Fertility

Thank you, Angelina Jolie, for making your experience dealing with the BRCA gene public. Everyone has the BRCA gene. But a very small change in the gene, called a mutation (BRCA1 or BRCA2),  can increase the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer more than 80 percent and ovarian cancer more than 30 percent. Other cancers… Read more »

Why Some Women Choose Preventive Mastectomy

Angelina Jolie recently underwent preventive mastectomy, she revealed today in a New York Times op-ed piece. The actor/director underwent the procedure because the combination of a “faulty” BRCA1 gene and a family history of cancer put her at high risk of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Preventive mastectomy (also called prophylactic or risk-reducing mastectomy)… Read more »

The HPV / Cervical Cancer Connection

What do you know about HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer? Some cold, hard facts can help you stop the spread of this dangerous virus. HPV causes almost all cervical cancers—95 percent—and it is the most common sexually transmitted infection. The lifetime risk for HPV infection is almost 80 percent for sexually active adults; 14-… Read more »

Fight Colon Cancer with Proactivity

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. We use this time of year as a helpful reminder that colorectal cancer screening is critically important. Colorectal cancer starts out as small growths known as polyps. During a colorectal screening test, if these polyps are discovered, they can be removed before they develop into colon cancer. When… Read more »

A Surprising Way to Prevent Skin Cancer

A daily dose of aspirin may decrease the risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The new information appears in Cancer, the American Cancer Society’s medical journal. The research team collected data on nearly 60,000 white women from 50 to 79 years old who were followed for 12 years. Participants came from the… Read more »

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 »