To screen or not to screen
That is the question women are asking (well,
I’m asking). But there is no clear answer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, aka
Pinktober. The news and social media are already broadcasting the message “Mammograms save lives.”
That simplistic platitude isn’t enough. Do screening mammograms really save lives? What do the numbers tell us?
Cancer screening has become a huge business in our …
read on Overdiagnosis of melanoma
I learned two things from a recent journey into the healthcare system:
Melanomas are overdiagnosed; and Always discuss cost with your physician.
Earlier this summer
I shared that I had a small mole removed from my leg. I didn’t like the look of it, so I thought it prudent to have it checked out.
I had to wait almost a month for an answer, because …
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For more than five years, one of my best friends has been battling ovarian cancer. A fierce fighter (and fabulous friend), she has endured surgeries and several rounds of chemotherapy to keep this grim disease at bay. Her oncologist monitors her condition with the blood test CA-125.
Early last summer, her CA-125 began creeping up into the “let’s watch it but not get too excited—yet” territory. …
read on May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month
We’re on the cusp of summer, which is a great time to think about protecting your skin from the sun.
More than 4 million people are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every year in the US. Damage from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is responsible for the majority of cases.
The best skin cancer prevention tip? Limit your exposure to UV light, …
read on “Life After the Diagnosis”
Last week one of my family members was diagnosed with a serious illness.
My niece, a physician in San Francisco, recommended a book written by one of her colleagues:
Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers.
I immediately bought myself a copy, too. (If you’ve followed my blog, you know I’m an advocate of hospice, palliative care …
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While sipping a glass of wine with dinner last night, my ears perked up when I heard a teaser for
NBC Nightly News: “New report links even light alcohol intake with increased risk of cancer.”
Oh, boy, I thought. Here we go again.
I don’t like network news because of this kind of lousy health reporting (I just wanted to see local election returns). Again and again, …
read on October is Breast Cancer Awareness month
October has become the month to pressure women to
and schedule their annual mammograms. Buy Pink!
But I’d rather see more women informed about the effectiveness of annual mammograms (not as much as you might think).
And I’d like to see more care providers drop the paternal attitudes and really have a conversation with women about the pros and cons of screening mammograms, and …
read on May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!
I think one of the best discussions about the prevention and detection of melanoma is from Doctor Mike Evans in this YouTube video:
It’s only 8 minutes long, but packed full of information.
Melanoma is deadly
. Did you know: the numbers are increasing From 1970 to 2009, the incidence of melanoma increased by 800 percent among young
read on FDA warns consumers
Nothing makes me angrier than unscrupulous companies (owned by unscrupulous individuals) marketing products advertised as “miracles” to cure illness.
These modern-day snake oil salespeople prey on fear and suffering by selling false hope. Worse, the products they sell can sometimes harm rather than heal.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently put out a new warning on their
Consumer Updates page: … Products claiming to “cure” cancer are read on Papillary thyroid cancers are overtreated
In 2010 my husband almost died while being treated for a small papillary thyroid cancer.
of thyroid cancer, and are typically very slow growing. Most doctors I know say that if you have to get cancer, papillary thyroid cancer is the one to pick! Papillary tumors are by far the most common type
My husband didn’t choose to get thyroid cancer, of course, but once …