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 …
read on Colon cancer on the rise in young adults that colon cancer is on the rise in Millenials and GenXers. I recently read a disturbing report
People born in 1990 now have double the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer, compared with those born around 1950 when the risk was lowest, the researchers said.
The overall risk is still very low for that age group, …
read on A smart way to quit smoking
Is quitting smoking on your New Year’s resolution list? Or that of a friend or family member?
If so, consider the
But first I’ll tell you what I do and don’t like about it.
I like that it seems to be pretty effective. The SmartQuit program and app were developed by researchers at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University …
read on I just returned from an errand to the bank where I saw a huge cardboard advertisement for a pink-ribboned Susan G. Komen credit card. That reminded me that October (or Pinktober) is all about Think Pink and breast cancer awareness. But be aware that there are less-than-worthy charities and lots of for-profit merchandising, too. This post from last October has excellent links to help you know if a charity … read on “Insufficient evidence”
Many years ago I had a primary care doctor who used to perform a total body skin examination (TBSE) on me every year as part of my annual exam.
Of course, those all-inclusive physicals are a thing of the past. I haven’t had a physician perform a TBSE for a long time.
I often wondered about that. A TBSE seems like a relatively easy and harmless way to …
As a nurse who worked for a surgeon, I had to spend a lot of time talking to patients and educating them about their proposed surgeries.
The surgeon talked to them first, of course, but often patients don’t remember everything the surgeon said. Or they think of questions after the consult.
If I couldn’t answer a question, or if I thought the patient really didn’t understand what the surgery entailed—why …
read on Scary headlines sell news
Last week the media blitzed us with
headlines that linked cell phones with an increased risk of brain and heart cancers.
Don’t believe everything you read in a headline!
That news story was based on a
study out of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences that looked at the effect of cell phone radiation on rats.
Most journalists, if you bothered to read the …
I’ve been a fan of Peggy Girshman’s science and healthcare writing for a long time, so it was with great sadness that I read about her death in March at the young age of 61.
But in tribute to her award-winning journalism career, which included long stints at both
NPR and Kaiser Health News, she actually wrote her own eulogy!
She wanted to share a few simple lessons …
the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published a report that shows since the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine was introduced in 2006, HPV infections
have dropped by 64% among females aged 14 to 19 years and by 34% among those aged 20 to 24 years.
That’s great news. HPV is responsible for most forms of cervical cancer, as well as an increasing number of rectal and oral cancers.
Related … read on
PSA stands for Prostate-Specific Antigen. It’s a blood test used to screen for prostate cancer.
Doctors used to recommend an annual PSA test for men over 40. But now we know that the PSA is not a good screening tool. It results in
a high number of false positives, and not all forms of prostate cancer need to be treated.
Too many men have received
unpleasant, expensive treatment they … read on