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I just passed my Cologuard test. No, there’s no grade it’s just a result that’s negative or positive and thankfully my test was negative. I have discussed this colorectal cancer test in a previous article, but to review…It is a stool test that can ascertain the presence of abnormal DNA due to advanced adenomas (considered…

We are dying from too much sun. I’m not talking about global warming, although our fossil fuel consumption does have an impact on the ozone layer… Melanoma rates in the United States have doubled between 1982 and 2011. According to data from the CDC the incidence of melanoma increased from 11.2 cases per 100,000 population…

This week every newspaper (that I read) featured an article that appeared in the March 17th JAMA issue. It raised questions about the reliability of breast biopsies and whether recommendations for therapy should be solely based on a single biopsy “reading”. As usual, after the attention grabbing headlines, certain details were missing (or discussed at…

Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. (More than breast, colorectal and prostate cancer combined!) A proper medical history should always include a smoking history and medical care should include therapies (and ongoing encouragement) to stop if a…

We all know what comes with our 50th birthday… The advice by your physician to get colon cancer screening. And then comes the yuck factor; discussion of the ways to do a colon cleanse in order to be able to view the interior aspects of this very long digestive conduit with either a “true” or…

The incidence of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations is higher in the Ashkenazi Jewish population and hence studies on population screening have initially been done in Israel. This week we celebrate the Jewish New Year…and the latest JAMA article on population based screening for these mutations was most timely. The article published in the September 17…

The media has been recently focused on this (at least when not reporting on ISIS). It’s likely that many of you have heard about the report that came out comparing mortality rates for three types of surgery for breast cancer: bilateral mastectomy (both breasts), unilateral mastectomy (single) or lumpectomy with radiation. The article that the…

There is a precancerous condition that can lead to esophageal cancer called Barrett’s esophagus. When we complain of the heartburn symptoms that can be due to GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) most physicians (and those ubiquitous TV ads) suggest an antacid or a PPI (protein pump inhibitor such as Nexium and Prevacid). There is a concern…

I have devoted several website articles about the importance of HPV vaccination to help prevent cervical cancer in women and genital and anal cancer in men. I now have another reason to promote this vaccine. It comes from news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in last week’s JAMA. The journal summarized…

I know most of you may not be reading this email on Friday because it’s the Fourth of July. I’ll try to send it out earlier or you might pick it up after the holiday. So Happy 4th and enjoy the barbecue, parades and fireworks. I couldn’t let the week go by without reporting on…

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