Cervical Cancer Risk in Older Women: Higher, Not Lower

Are guidelines that say women over age 65 don’t need cervical cancer screening based on questionable data? A new study not only raises questions about previous research, but finds that cervical cancer risk actually peaks in women 65 or older. According to lead researcher Anne Rositch, assistant professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the risk for cervical cancer in older women, as well as African American women, has been greatly underestimated. “Our …

Michael Douglas: It Was Tongue Cancer, Not Throat Cancer

Back in June, actor Michael Douglas revealed he had been treated for throat cancer, the type associated with a virus transmitted during oral sex. At the time, Douglas was applauded for shedding light on a little-discussed health issue. The New York Times even compared what he had done for throat cancer with “what Rock Hudson had done for AIDS and Angelina Jolie had done for prophylactic mastectomy.” Just one problem: Douglas fibbed about the type of cancer he actually had. …

Michael Douglas: Did He Say Oral Sex Caused His Cancer?

Wow, talk about an oral debate: Did outspoken actor Michael Douglas really say his throat cancer was caused by performing oral sex on a woman with a sexually transmitted disease? And more important, is he right that it can? Now that Douglas’ frank interview with Britain’s Guardian newspaper has gone viral, cooler heads (translation: the actor’s appalled publicity people) have said he was just misunderstood, reports the Associated Press. But maybe we should thank the actor for bringing up a …

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, …

Random Thought For Today

Will older women ever have the ability to vaccinate themselves against HPV?