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Cancer

Cancer is one of the most researched and misunderstood health topics of our generation. Here you will find articles related to various types of cancer and what the latest medical research is showing.

Sunscreen: Choose One That Leaves You Healthier

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Summer’s here, so it’s time, once again, to determine which sunscreens are hazardous to our health. There are zillions of sunscreens out there, and many contain known health-threatening ingredients and untested ingredients that might also be dangerous. So before we go dancin’ in the sun-bathed streets, let’s learn sunscreen smarts. We all have skin in […]

Probiotics and Cancer Prevention

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You may have heard that the human body contains more bacteria than cells…and it’s true! Our bodies are home to a vast, amazing ecosystem of bacteria—tens of trillions of teeny tiny microbes that are involved in nearly every aspect of our health. These beneficial bacteria—better known as probiotics—prevent gastrointestinal issues and improve overall digestive function; […]

Blog Post: Summer Safety

Today’s record temperatures can be dangerous to your health. But dive in with me and we’ll beat the heat.  We’ll deal today only with some serious summer threats—dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Being outside, in the heat without taking certain precautions can lead to serious trouble. But follow some simple rules, and there’s no need […]

Melanoma prevention via sun protection and skin inspection

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Nothing says summer like endless hours of fun in the sun. But as you know, that bright orb in the sky has a dark side. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays over time is the single greatest cause of skin cancer, including deadly melanoma. There are several types of skin cancer, and most are […]

Testicular cancer screening: How and Why To Protect Yourself

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Men: I am going to discuss something that may make you blush or get a little squeamish, but it’s important and you should take it seriously…the health of your testicles. April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month—and I, for one, am glad that there’s a month devoted to this form of cancer. Even though it’s relatively […]

Thyroid Cancer: Watchful waiting is not enough

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Even an early cancer diagnosis is never good news, but the silver lining is that you have more time and a better chance to beat cancer. For most, that usually means surgery or radiation and the various risks and sacrifices that come with them. However, according to a new study, about one-third of patients with […]

Cervical Cancer Screening: Pap Smear Pros & Cons

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There’s a new recommendation under consideration for cervical cancer screening. If it’s accepted, it will give many of my women readers unprecedented freedom to choose when and how to be tested. I’m all for choice, but not this time. It’s complicated, but I’ll explain. The American Cancer Society estimates that cervical cancer screening saves more […]

Do Soybeans Cause Breast Cancer?

Soybeans are one of the more controversial foods out there today. Some folks make soybeans a staple of their diet—especially vegetarians, who eat tofu as a major source of protein. And there are others who swear off everything soy, knowing that a number of the chemicals in soy mimic human hormones in unpredictable ways. And […]

Cheesy Cruciferous Casserole

Cruciferous vegetables are my favorite anti-cancer vegetables. There’s a lot of clear clinical research on the health benefits of broccoli, brussels sprouts, and their relatives. However, because they can be somewhat bitter when cooked, cruciferous vegetables are ones I find my patients most reluctant to try. One way to begin enjoying a food you’re less […]

Mammograms don’t prevent cancer deaths

Everyone’s heard that, after 40, women should be getting periodic mammograms. However, new research suggests that mammograms aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. As a diagnostic tool, it turns out that mammograms may not change the odds you will develop late-stage breast cancer, compared to having no mammogram at all. Considering the entire point […]
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