An Important Action to Take to Prepare for Future Medical Conditions

…..Every day there is another story on the daily news about a genetic breakthrough concerning a medical condition.  Be it about an increased risk for developing a cancer or an inherited condition affected by a specific lifestyle, genetic technologies are advancing rapidly.  This will lead to a more personalized medical care based on an individual’s personal…

Cervical Cancer Update – Including When and How Often You Should Screen

…..Cervical cancer in the United States has been dramatically reduced over the past 30 years due to the widespread testing of cervical cells with the use of the Pap smear.  The cervical screening program is constantly evolving as more studies mature the guidelines.  The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) in November of 2012…

Are You at a High Risk for Lung Cancer?

…..Last week, I spent the day attending a conference at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.  It was called Lung Cancer Screening: A Paradigm Shift in Primary Care.  The main focus was on the changing thoughts and new protocols for screening for lung cancer in high risk patients.  Of…

Another Way to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

…..Some women at a high risk for breast cancer may reduce their chance of developing invasive breast cancer with the use of the medication called tamoxifen.  Chemoprevention is the use of a medication to reduce cancer, and it may be considered in a patient who is at high risk of developing breast cancer. …..In a…

What Other Issues Can HPV Cause?

…..It was not until the early 1980s that the association between the human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital tract infections became apparent.  A German research physician had isolated the HPV 16 and implicated its role in the development of cervical cancer, so a new scientific journey had begun. …..We now know that the persistence of an…

How Does Tamoxifen Treat Breast Cancer?

…..Tamoxifen is a common endocrine treatment for both early and advanced breast cancer in pre- and post-menopausal women.  Some breast cancer cells are stimulated to grow in the presence of the estrogen hormone.  The estrogens bind to special areas in the cancer cells called estrogen receptors, and once the estrogens are attached, the cancer cells’…

Breast Cancer – Early Detection Can Save Your Life

…..October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and hopefully we are all aware of the high risk of breast cancer that surrounds us.  We know that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and all of us have someone close who has suffered with this cancer.  In my own family, we lost…

Add Vitamin D to Your New Year’s Resolutions

…..The new year comes with all the resolutions we promise to keep.  Weight loss is always the one we want to accomplish.  I wish to remind you again to continue your vitamin D supplements if you were found to be needing them.  Every day I read about the importance of this vitamin and appreciate its…