Cancer Still Top Killer, But Death Rate Is Dropping

En español I The good news about the cancer death rate over the past 20 years is that it’s dropped 20 percent, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. The report, published in the American Cancer Society’s journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, says the decline translates to roughly 1.3 million people who avoided dying from the disease between 1991, when the death rate hit its peak, and 2010. Much of that progress, notes the report, …

COPD at 50+: Are You at Risk?

My mother, now 77, has suffered with asthma since birth. She tells stories about how her working class parents struggled with the idea of moving the entire family from Brooklyn, N.Y. to Arizona, which was a premiere destination in the 1940s for those with asthma, tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis, and other lung issues. Hot mustard plaster and frequent trips to the emergency room were all part of my mother’s early life. The fourth of five children my adoring (and adorable) grandparents …

Older Smokers Need Yearly Lung Cancer Screening

Two 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 …