The centers for Disease and Control Prevention recently announced that brain cancer is now the number one cause of cancer death among children and teenagers, replacing Leukemia at the top of the list. Experts are attributing this switch to advancements in the treatment of Leukemia rather than an increase in the prevalence of brain cancer. Oncologists say that brain cancer is more difficult to treat than other forms of cancer due to the blood brain barrier, a barrier in the brain that blocks out certain drugs from reaching the brain.
On September 7th, 2016, Apple announced the release of its newest product-the iPhone 7. In its announcement, Apple disclosed that the new iPhone will jettison the traditional headphone jack in what some say is an attempt to bring back the Bluetooth headset. Apple also developed a wireless set of headphones called AirPods in conjunction with their newest iPhone, but Apple will still supply a set of wired headphones with its new product. Is Apple a generous company or is there more to the story?
In early May, a jury ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay a surviving South Dakota woman $55 million; the woman claimed that she developed ovarian cancer from repeatedly applying Johnson and Johnson talcum powder to her genital area. This verdict came shortly after a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay $72 million dollars to the estate of a woman who succumbed to ovarian cancer. At the moment, there are thousands of lawsuits around the country claiming that applying Johnson and Johnson products to the genital area caused fatal cancer.
Every October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month splashes pink across the globe. From fundraising walks and races to the cleats and gloves worn by NFL players, to the world-famous landmarks illuminated in pink, you don't need to look very far to find a color- coded reminder that catching the disease early can make all the difference.
A recent National Cancer Institute survey, which studied Caucasian men and woman aged 15 to 39, found that between 1980 and 2004, annual cases of melanoma among young women increased by 50% . The researchers also found a greater increase in young women having thicker and metastatic melanomas in which the cancer spreads to other areas of the body during that time period. The incidence of melanoma among young men did not change over this time period.
According to a recent article published on MSN.com., many men are getting unnecessary prostate cancer blood tests. In many instances, the patient is either too young or too old. The most current guidelines do not recommend PSA screening for men younger than 40 years of age, older than 75, or for men who are expected to live less than another 10 years. However, the study found that many men in these groups are still getting the tests.
According to a recent article published on CNN.com, prostate cancer prevention is a "hot" area of medical research. Cancer prevention is something we all should practice, and deciding a course of prevention is entirely up to you. However, you must keep in mind that some known risk factors of prostate cancer, such as age, race, and genetics, are beyond individual control.
According to a recent article in U.S. News, many men will develop some degree of prostate cancer if they live long enough. Autopsy studies have shown microscopic evidence of prostate cancer in 15 to 30 percent of men over the age of 50 and in 60 percent to 70 percent of men who reach age 80. The report indicates that a male born today has a 16 percent chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer at some time in his life and a 3 percent chance of dying of the disease.
The majority of medical malpractice lawsuits result from the failure to diagnose and treat a serious condition in a timely fashion. Examples of those diseases that are most often misdiagnosed, or where there is a delay in diagnosis, are breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, heart attacks and appendicitis.
Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death in men. Each year, in excess of 1.5 million men undergo biopsies to determine whether or not they have prostate cancer. Typically a male undergoes such a biopsy because on rectal exam, a prostate lesion is detected. Another reason so many men undergo prostate biopsies is because they have a positive PSA test. Despite the large numbers of biopsies performed on men, only about 250,000 of them are found to have cancer. One of the reasons for this is because the PSA test, even though elevated, does not necessarily mean that a man has prostate cancer.