Wrinkles, and age spots, and cancer! Oh my!

The sun, although glorious, is also responsible for most of the loathsome wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancers. Then why, oh why, are only 14 percent of women wearing sunscreen? Continue reading

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Had a FIT lately?

Nauseated by the thought of a colonoscopy prep? Colorectal cancer screening is not for the weary. Good news! There’s a new method of screening (FIT) that doesn’t require the traditional quality time in the bathroom (or day off work). Continue reading

Fewer pap smears? Yes, please.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and an opportunity to discuss how to protect yourself (and your children) from the effects of HPV and cervical cancer. So, let’s celebrate with fewer pap smears (yes, fewer), and vaccinations for both boys and girls.

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Muddled Mammograms

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Confused about mammogram recommendations? It is not hard to understand why.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) states, “Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health,” as does the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG).

The United States Preventative Service Task Force (USPSTF) “recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years … [and] concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of screening mammography in women 75 years or older.” The Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute (KPCMI) has similar recommendations.

The guideline for breast cancer screening can be a frustrating one for patients and a challenge for healthcare providers. Continue reading