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My Tumor


The word itself means “to swell.” Tumors occur more in women than men. This could be due to there being more fibroid tissue in women.

By: Pat Jacobs

I thought I had gained a few pounds; I tried all kinds of diets, and it seemed that a few even worked. But I never totally lost all the weight; eventually I chalked it up to the fact that sometimes you DO gain weight over any period of time. And so I coped quite successfully.

For several summers, my left leg would swell up like crazy; I always attributed this to …

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My Mother’s Fatal Flaw

My Mother's Fatal FlawFor some reason, probably having to do with the environment or diet or lifestyle, these days women with the mutation are getting the cancers at an earlier age than their mothers’ and grandmothers’ generations.

By: Masha Gessen

I spent the day of August 21, 1992, driving to a mountainous desert town whose name, in the scorching heat and fine dust, was a seductive mockery: Palm Springs, California. I had embarked upon the most Californian of endeavors, an editorial retreat for the Los Angeles-based magazine where I worked. I ate dinner with my colleagues at a bland Mexican restaurant.

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What It’s Like to Get Cancer, and Be a Caregiver, as Young Adults

“This has to be a joke – watch me have cancer or some bullshit like that,” Tom replied, clearly caught off guard by what the doctor had just told us.

It was at this point that time started to stand still. After a brief wait, the doctor came back into the room. There seemed to be a shadow of some sort near his lung and they wanted to do a CT scan of his chest. We were not sure what he meant by shadow, but he informed us that it could be a mass of some sort or an infection …

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Hearing Loss is a Common Condition in Older Adults

Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. One in three people older than 60 and half of those older than 85 have hearing loss.

Hearing problems can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, to respond to warnings, and to hear doorbells and alarms. They can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.

What Should I Do?

Hearing problems are serious. The most important thing you can do if you think you have a hearing problem is to …

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Safety Alert for the Medical Device: Power Morcellator

Power morcellators can spread malignant tissue from an undiagnosed uterine cancer and significantly worsen a patient’s prognosis from treatable to deadly.

Power Morcellators are medical devices used during various laparoscopic surgeries, such as hysterectomies and myomectomies, that aggressively cut uterine tissue into small pieces. This permits the tissue to be removed through a small incision site, with the proposed benefits including shorter recovery periods, fewer complications, and less pain.

However, due to recent scrutiny and a rise in reports in the medical literature, the FDA issued a safety alert in April 2014 discouraging the use of these devices in uterine …

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Sun, Safety, Sunscreens & Cancer

Should we avoid the sun? Is all sun exposure bad for us? There is reasonable evidence that sun exposure does not induce melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

By: Keith I. Block, M.D.

As we reach the peak season of the summer sun, wisdom suggests that we pay greater attention to protecting our skin. Yet, there are questions about the best way to do this. Should we avoid the sun? Is all sun exposure bad for us? Are all sunscreens created equal? Does clothing afford any protection?

On one hand, we’ve all been warned of the dangers that lurk …

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Why Did I Forget Something So Important?

People refer to memory loss by many names: forgetfulness, impaired memory, amnesia, loss of memory, and mild cognitive impairment.

By: Gillian Eadie

So there I was feeling like a complete idiot sitting in the restaurant by myself, thinking everyone was staring at me with pitying looks – sad middle aged woman who’d been stood up. It had only been about 30 minutes but it felt like hours, so I gave in and sent my friend a text to see where she was.

Next minute the Cossack tune blared from my mobile, and it was Sally.. She’d forgotten all about meeting …

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High Fructose Corn Syrup May Cause Pancreatic Cancer

The researchers found pancreatic cancers use fructose to trigger a key cellular pathway that guides cell division, accelerating cancer cell proliferation.

By: Keith I. Block, M.D.

From time to time a study comes across my desk that validates a long-held belief. This happened this past week.

What interested me the most about this study was that it strongly contradicted what the mighty marketing arm of the food industry wants us to believe; that is, that one of their key ingredients, high fructose corn syrup – or HFCS – is harmless – “So enjoy!”

In the study, published in the August …

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Breast Cancer Rates Drop When Women Add Fibre to Their Diet

A large study of postmenopausal women revealed that when women increased their intake of fibre they could guard against certain type of breast cancer.

By: Natasha Morgan

Here’s what the experts learned:
•    A diet rich in fibre affected only hormone receptor-negative tumors.
•    The kind of fibre women consumed made a difference.

Types of Breast Cancer Tumors
Breast cancer tumors are either hormone receptor-positive or hormone receptor-negative. Hormone receptor-positive cells are fuelled by the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, while hormone receptor-negative cancer cells are not.

What Foods Contain Fibre?
All plant foods contain …

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Is Eating Red Meat Harmful to Women’s Health?

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Estrogen or progesterone related tumors were more likely to develop in the women who consumed larger amounts of red meat than women who minimized their intake.

In recent years studies have been conducted to try to determine if eating red meat as part of a regular diet can cause cancer. The research is most interesting to those of us who would find it hard to give up our steaks and Sunday roast beef yet keenly appreciate the importance of a healthy diet.

As much as we might hope for a different outcome, one recent study published in the Archives of …

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The Unexpected Caregiver


Bob Woodruff

Being a day to day caregiver meant I had lost true perspective. My whole world was tied up in helping Bob through the day.


By: Lee Woodruff, author of In An Instant

Whenever I thought about my golden years, I pictured them something like those old Geritol commercials where the husband and wife stroll contentedly down a leafy autumn path, holding hands and smiling. They’ve survived child rearing, the empty nest, the transition of retirement, and now they can focus on each other, with nary a care in the world.

What I had never pictured, not in a …

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Identifying the Signs of Breast Cancer

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The incidence of breast cancer rises steadily to reach a peak around the age of menopause. The rate of increase is lessened after menopause, but older women are still at increasing risk over time.

By: Anne Wolski

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women and the leading cause of cancer deaths.

Every woman’s breasts are different so it is important for each individual woman to be familiar with her breasts in order to recognize any peculiarities.

Unfortunately, the early stages of breast cancer may not have any symptoms. This is why it is important to follow …

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A Substantial Drop in Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Foundation RibbonMillions of women stopped taking hormone pills consisting of estrogen and progestin which were meant to relieve symptoms of menopause, when a study linked hormone replacement therapy to a higher risk of breast cancer, heart disease and other health problems.

By: Natasha Morgan

Millions of women stopped taking hormone pills consisting of estrogen and progestin which were meant to relieve symptoms of menopause, when a study linked hormone replacement therapy to a higher risk of breast cancer, heart disease and other health problems.

The full effect of hormone replacement therapy was not known. However, the incidence of breast cancer …

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CyberKnife – Amazing New Cancer Treatment

Cyberknife Surgery Equipment

Cyberknife surgery can offer an option for inoperable or surgically complex tumors. Because of its accuracy, other areas of the body such as the spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas become treatable with robotic radiosurgery.

By: Natasha Morgan

Cyberknife surgery is a non-invasive procedure which uses a combination of robotics and image-guidance technology to deliver precisely targeted doses of radiation with sub-millimeter accuracy minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

The CyberKnife was approved by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) in 2001, and the first FDA approved CyberKnife was installed at Stanford Hospital in October, 2001.

Traditional radiosurgery has …

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