Prevention and Early Diagnosis Articles
Breast Implants and Cancer of the Immune System (ALCL): A History of Who Knew What When – The FDA has reported growing evidence that breast implants are associated with anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare cancer of the immune system.
ALCL and Breast Implants: 2017 Update – In March 2017, FDA updated its website to officially report that breast implants could cause a type of cancer of the immune system that can be fatal. Read about the research here.
Phthalates and children’s products – Phthalates are a material found in many products in your home. Read about this chemical and its connection to various cancers and other health problems.
Stomach cancer and diet: can certain foods increase your risk? – There is growing evidence that the foods we eat can increase the chances of developing certain types of cancer. A new report by the World Cancer Research Fund International says that stomach cancer is one of them.
Aspirin: could it reduce your risk for cancer? – Often called a “wonder drug,” aspirin reduces aches and pains, fever, and swelling, and lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. But few of us ever imagined that it might also lower our chances of developing several types of cancer, and help keep cancer from spreading.
Phthalates Q&A – Answers to common questions about phthalates and the possible risks.
Agent Orange and Serious Diseases including Multiple Myeloma – Nicholas J. Jury, PhD and Diana Zuckerman, PhD 2015 It has taken many years to determine how Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War has harmed the health of those who were exposed. One of the reasons is that it can take decades for cancer to develop after a dangerous exposure. Agent Orange was used […]
Morcellation devices: a surgical tool that can spread cancer? What you need to know – By Anna E. Mazzucco, Ph.D. 2014 If you have uterine fibroids and are considering treatment or if you’ve heard about uterine morcellation in the news, this article will help you understand the issue. What are power morcellation devices? A power morcellation device is a small surgical tool which cut tissue into smaller pieces. This […]
Endometrial cancer: what you need to know – December 2013. Endometrial cancer—also called uterine cancer—is the most common cancer affecting a woman’s reproductive system. It is diagnosed when tumors start growing in the lining of the uterus, which is called the endometrium. If you’re having any pain in the pelvic area or experiencing unusual bleeding or discharge, be sure to tell your doctor.
Flaxseed: what is it and can they keep you healthy? – Suddenly, everyone is talking about adding flaxseed to your diet. What is flaxseed and how can eating it make you healthier?
Testimony of Dr. Jennifer Yttri at FDA Advisory Committee on tivozanib – Patients with kidney cancer have many options for drug therapy but often experience bad side effects. As the FDA considers another drug option, we don’t think the science is good enough to suggest patients will have a longer and better quality life on this new drug. Instead, we recommend waiting for more clinical data to give doctors and patients a clear idea of when tivozanib would be beneficial rather than cause more harm.
Physician groups make recommendations to reduce healthcare costs – Does an 18-year-old female need a pap smear? Should a patient with a mild sinus infection be given antibiotics? You might be surprised that the answer to both questions is NO according to leading physicians.
Radiation and thyroid cancer – Recent media reports have raised fears that radiation from dental x-rays and mammograms increase the risk of thyroid cancer. Is it true that dental x-rays and mammograms are to blame for the increase in thyroid cancer? Can a simple thyroid shield (an optional extension of the lead apron that blocks x-rays from reaching the neck) reduce the risk and put fears to rest?
Arsenic and lead in our juice (and you thought poisoned apples were only in fairy tales!) – Learn how much arsenic has been found in common foods and drinks (too much!)–and what laws are in place to protect your family from this known carcinogen (not many!).
Having trouble sleeping? Pills are not a safe solution – Findings from a 2012 study suggest that people who take hypnotic sleep medications are more likely to get cancer or die than people who do not take these medications.
FDA review indicates possible association between breast implants and a rare cancer – ALCL, a type of cancer of the immune system, is developing in the breast area of women with breast implants more often than for women who don’t have breast implants. When women with implants have breast pain or abnormalities they need to see their primary care physician or OB/GYN to have it checked out.