Booze and Cancer: A Drink a Day Ups Your Risk

Is a little daily alcohol good for you or bad for you? The heart experts say it’s good, but the cancer experts – and a major new study – disagree. The first analysis in 30 years to look at the link between cancer deaths and alcohol says even as little as a glass of wine a day is worrisome. Researchers with Boston University Medical Center and the National Cancer Institute found that alcohol is to blame for one in every …

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 …

PSA Tests: Controversial Study Says They Don’t Save Lives

When the blood test for prostate cancer was introduced 26 years ago, it was seen as a way to save lives. But research since then has questioned this conclusion and a large new study, published last week, adds more doubt to the issue. The  long-term study of 76,000 men ages 55 to 74 found that routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing did not prevent deaths from prostate cancer. However, some prostate cancer experts immediately criticized the study, and even one of the …