Beware of what you buy over the internet
Salves bought over the internet for non-melanoma skin cancers can cause deep tissue necrosis.

40 percent of the low-income, rural women over age 40 did not know mammograms check for breast cancer
That is not acceptable in this day and age. Clearly we have more work to do with patient education.

The Painkiller Panic
"One of the most frustrating things about the latest news on painkillers is that almost none of the people reporting it understand the concept of relative risk--i.e., that a doubling of adverse events like heart attacks still doesn't mean that event is very likely. A doubled risk might well be a chance worth taking, especially if the baseline risk is low to begin with and the drug's ...

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Lawsuits limit cancer tests
"Experts and doctors agree that not enough Florida women are getting mammograms, but the cause of the shortfall has provoked a sharp debate.

Now, a task force appointed by the Legislature and the governor is blaming lawsuits for discouraging radiologists from offering mammograms, which could reduce the availability of the test."

Mammograms can be notoriously subjective, and thus a perfect area for ...

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Fear Mongering At The FDA
I haven't seen the preliminary Naproxyn data that the FDA based its press release on, but this article suggests that the increase in cardiac events wasn't even statistically significant:

In the Alzheimer's study, though, there was no increase in heart risk for long-term Celebrex users. There was a slight increase in heart risk for naproxen users, but the increase was so small that it may ...

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So, which is it?

Here is the problem with the mainstream media reporting medical news. Take the recent NEJM article on the fecal DNA test for colon cancer screening. The following are three headlines I browsed via Google News.

1) New Test May Ease Colorectal Cancer Screening: Noninvasive Test May Encourage More Frequent Colorectal Cancer Screening

2) DNA Test for Colon Cancer Disappoints

3) ...

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False-Positive Cancer Screening Results Costly
"Screening for cancer quite often produces a false-positive result, and this can lead to costly -- and ultimately unnecessary -- follow-up testing, according to a new report."

Some press given to the fact that indiscriminate cancer screening has its downside. That is why the evidence is so important.



As you have heard, Pfizer disclosed a connection between Celebrex and major heart problems:

The studies were conducted for Pfizer by the National Cancer Institute. In one [the APC cancer trial -ed], patients taking 400 mg to 800 milligrams of the drug daily were found to have a risk of experiencing major heart problems that was 2.5 times greater than people who were not taking the drug. ...

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"I eat a lot of ice"

A reader writes:

This was the chief complaint of a 45-year old female. She's been doing this for several months, but worse over the past several days. She would go into the freezer and nibble on ice cubes and ice chips constantly throughout the day. No other complaints, and does not have any other abnormal food cravings. She does report more fatigued than usual, but denies nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, ...

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Citing Cancer, Chief Resigns at McDonald's
"The Australian-born Mr. Bell, the youngest chief executive and the first non-American to lead the company, was given his diagnosis a month after being named chief executive. He has been treated with surgery and chemotherapy."

The diagnosis is colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer death. Approximately one-third of people who develop it die of the disease. ...

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