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Blood Test May Help Find Ovarian Cancer Early

Posted on 08/28/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHopes for a screening test that could detect ovarian cancer early — something that has eluded the fight against this lethal disease — were boosted this week with results from an important new study. Published online in the journal Cancer, the research involved monitoring women’s yearly blood test results for a sudden change in a biomarker called CA-125, a protein that indicates tumor growth. More than 4,000 postmenopausal women took part in the 11-year study at the University of Texas MD …

Can a Baldness Drug Prevent Prostate Cancer?

Posted on 08/26/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s a drug used to treat an enlarged prostate, as well as male-pattern baldness, and 10 years ago a study indicated it could reduce a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer by 30 percent. But there was also some indication that the drug, generic name finasteride, might cause more aggressive prostate tumors, so the Food and Drug Administration added a black box warning about the potential risks and wouldn’t approve its use to prevent cancer. Doctors also backed away from …

Older Smokers Need Yearly Lung Cancer Screening

Posted on 07/30/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTwo years ago, a landmark federal study found that thousands of lives could be saved annually if middle-aged and older smokers got regular lung cancer screening. This week, a federally appointed panel of medical experts came to the same conclusion. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced it is planning to recommend that people ages 55 to 79 who are pack-a-day smokers — or who used to smoke within the past 15 years — get an annual CT scan to …

A Renewed Sense of Self After Cancer

Posted on 07/15/2013 by |Sex & Relationships | Comments

RelationshipsQ: My wife lost a breast to cancer. Chemotherapy took six months, during which she basically lay on the couch and had no energy. It’s now 16 months after chemo and she’s still on the couch. I can’t get her to get up and do much of anything, including sex. We have no money to do any traveling since Social Security is all we get. Any ideas? Dr. Pepper Schwartz: She sounds as if she might be depressed. It is …

Ken Burns, Katie Couric to Tackle Cancer, ‘Emperor of All Maladies’

Posted on 06/4/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentHe’s taken on the Civil War, baseball and jazz. Now, spurred by a personal tragedy, America’s foremost documentarian is tackling cancer. According to the Associated Press, Ken Burns will collaborate with Siddhartha Mukherjee to bring the author’s book The Emperor of All Maladies to PBS in spring 2015. The film is scheduled to run for six hours, over three nights. Burns’ mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was 3, and she died 8 years later. “There was never …

Grilling Meat, Avoiding Cancer: 5 Important Tips

Posted on 05/23/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWarm weather, Memorial Day, July 4th — it’s time to dust off the grill and enjoy some outdoor barbecuing. Just be sure you choose the healthiest ways to cook those steaks, burgers and chicken, so you don’t increase your risk for cancer. It’s not that grilling causes cancer. It’s that any high-heat cooking method that sears or burns the outside of meat causes chemicals to form that have been linked to cancer. Grilling, broiling or even panfrying over high heat …