Category Archives: Cancer

Is there a link between weight and cancer?

Is there a link between weight and cancer?  We think yes!  Last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“The CDC”) published a report that being overweight or obese significantly increased the risk of developing at least 13 (!) … Continue reading

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Traveling soon? See your family doctor for pretravel medical advice!

Pre-travel medical consultation will review many aspects of your trip– your destination, itinerary, medical history, immunization history and other details.   The best time to be seen is 6 weeks before departure to maximize benefit of immunizations and other preventive measures. Did … Continue reading

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Do you really need a pelvic exam during your next well visit?

Maybe not.   The American Academy of Family Physicians released an update April 25, 2017 stating that when screening non-pregnant  women without any gynecological or abdominal symptoms, no pelvic exam needs to be done.   Actually, in the age of quantifying research into … Continue reading

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Prostate cancer screening guidelines updated

Are you concerned about prostate cancer?  The USPSTF (The United States Preventive Services Task Force) has updated their recommendation on screening for prostate cancer. Men aged 55 to 69 years should talk to their physician about the potential benefits and … 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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