Cancer Clouds Forming? Look for the Silver Lining

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I have always been fascinated by the symbol of a Masthead—a strong female figure, head held high, chest thrust forward, perched at the bow of a ship to guide her fellow sailors through an unfamiliar and stormy sea as they …

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Will Colonoscopy Soon Be Obsolete?


The mere mention of the world “colonoscopy” sends me into a cold sweat. I have had only one of these screening tests used to find abnormalities inside the colon, and it’s going to take an awful lot to get me …

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Breast Cancer: A Family Affair


Should women under 40 worry about breast cancer? The National Cancer Institute puts the risk of developing breast cancer earlier than age 40 at less than 2 percent. For certain women with genetic predispositions, however, like those who test positive for …

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3D Mammography Allows Earlier Detection of Smaller Breast Tumors


Over the past couple of years there have been some significant developments in the area of breast cancer screening. One of the new terms we hear quite frequently is “3D Mammography.” Many women are wondering what it is, and whether …

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Why is this Cancer Patient Smiling?


Over the past year I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with the Massachusetts General Hospital BOTSOGO program, a collaboration with the government of Botswana to launch a cancer treatment center in the southern African nation. Dr Memory Bvochora, who …

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Is Excessive Texting Bad For Your Health?


My husband’s elegant and dignified grandmother always sat and stood ram-rod straight. Nana never suffered a broken bone or missed a conversation.  Her posture was often envied for its beauty, but now there is even more evidence that good posture …

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Think Twice – No, Thrice – Before Getting that Tattoo


One of the most difficult aspects of the preparation and planning of new patients for radiation treatments is giving them their “tattoos.” I tell them that we have to make a few tiny permanent markings on their skin with India …

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Tanning and Skin Cancer

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Now that the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are finally upon us, it’s a good time to think about a topic on which there has been a lot of recent news and information lately: skin cancer prevention. Now, I …

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Chewing Tobacco is NOT a Healthy Alternative to Smoking


Ah, the sounds of summer: the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd…the “pffft” of the tobacco juice? The passing last week of major league baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn reminds us that even a seemingly innocuous ritual—one …

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The Importance of Exercise During Breast Cancer Treatment

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Women receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer have a lot to do. They must arrange doctor visits, eat a healthy diet, take vitamins, drink enough water, and arrange time off from work. One activity that is often overlooked, however, is …

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Tips for Receiving an Effective Mammogram

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For most women, making the appointment for a yearly mammogram is about as fun as scheduling a root canal or septic system cleaning. The yearly diagnostic test, which should begin at age 40 (or earlier, depending on your history and …

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Lucky Seven: Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer


This year, almost 240,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and close to 40,000 will die of the disease. One out of every eight women will develop the disease in her lifetime. Pretty scary statistics, but it also means that …

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