Monthly Archives: November 2014

Appendicitis. What to watch for…

Why do we have an appendix?  We do not know the function of this part of your intestine.  The appendix is located in the lower right side of the abdomen and when it becomes inflamed immediate medical care is needed to prevent a … Continue reading

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Lung cancer screening

Wow! Lung cancer accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths in the United States. 7% of Americans will be diagnosed and 6% will die from it.   Among heavy smokers, 33% of them will die from lung cancer.   In the 1960s … Continue reading

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Prostate cancer screening. To screen or not to screen?

The US Preventive Services Task Force recommend against routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing. The PSA test was introduced in the late 1980s. This lab test showed us that the incidence of prostate cancer increased dramatically compared to when we could … Continue reading

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Nuts and bolts on colon cancer screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force tells us who and when and how to test for which disease.   Their research takes into account patient population characteristics and the evidence. Who should be screened for colon cancer? All adults 50 to … Continue reading

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Cancer screening key issues. Why, who, which test do we use?

I recently read a great article demonstrating biases in the evaluation of screening tests. This is timely as last week I had a 75 year old female visibly upset that she no longer needed regular pap smears. She sighed and … Continue reading

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