Baby Powder Lawsuit Raises Questions About Talc

En español | A $72 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn consumers of a potential cancer risk from talc in baby and bath powder has raised questions about the safety of using these items, especially for feminine hygiene. Jurors in St. Louis awarded the money to the family of a woman who said her fatal ovarian cancer was due to using the company’s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower powder for decades. Enter to win a Volvo …

Experts Argue Against New Mammogram Guidelines

The American Cancer Society’s newly announced change in mammogram guidelines has made the debate on when, and how frequently, to get breast cancer screening even more confusing for women. Even worse, this change was based on the advice of a panel  that “did not include a single surgeon, radiologist or medical oncologist who specializes in the care and treatment of breast cancer. Not one,” said an op-ed column in the New York Times written by three breast cancer experts who …

Older Smokers More Likely to Quit With Patch or Drugs

Today is the American Cancer Society’s 37th-annual Great American Smokeout, and if you’re trying to quit, new research shows that the nicotine patch or prescription drugs work much better than trying this cold turkey. The international study, published in the journal Addiction, found that some quitting aids are linked to four- to six-fold-higher success rates, Reuters reported. Older smokers, in particular, are more likely to seek help from these aids, while younger smokers try to quit without any help. “Smokers …

Latinos: Don’t Let your Guard Down Against Cancer

A few nights ago, I was riding the train on my way back home from a New York City trip and I had the chance to read an interesting article explaining the reasons why more Americans are surviving their struggle against cancer, published in the April/May issue of AARP: The Magazine. New drugs, targeted treatments and continuous research have increased the chances of cure and survival. I was glad to read the good news but I began to wonder if …

2 Slices Bacon A Day Hikes Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Sorry, bacon and sausage lovers, but a new study finds that eating just one link of sausage or two slices of bacon every day may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 19 percent. “Pancreatic cancer has poor survival rates. So as well as diagnosing it early, it’s important to understand what can increase the risk of this disease,” study author Susanna Larsson, an epidemiologist at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, told BBC News. However, other experts called the overall risk increase “modest,” …

Which Cancers Are Increasing Among Older Adults?

Cancers of the mouth and throat related to oral sex, as well as thyroid, liver and skin cancers are on the rise among older adults, according to  new stats released last week from the American Cancer Society. There was some good news, however. The death rate is down for the well-known major cancers. The society’s Cancer Statistics 2012 report found that overall, cancer deaths dropped by nearly two percent for both men and women  from 2004 to 2008. That may sound paltry, …