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Thyroid Cancer Rates Increasing

In general, thyroid cancer is one of the better cancers to be diagnosed with as it carries a lower fatality rate relative to other types of cancer. Thyroid cancer rates, however, are on the rise. According to Dr. David Terris, surgical director of the Augusta University Thyroid and Parathyroid Center, thyroid cancer is the fastest growing cancer over the past 10 years. Terris believes that some of this increase is most likely due to a better ability to find and detect cancer of the thyroid, while some of the inflation may be due to a true increase in the number of incidences. Terris says that nobody really knows why thyroid cancer rates are increasing.

Does High Factor Sunscreen Decrease the Risk of Skin Cancer?

A recent study published by the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Oslo found that applying high factor sunscreen as opposed to low factor sunscreen can decrease the risk of developing melanoma by 33%. The study considered sunscreen above SPF 15 a high factor sunscreen, and in turn considered sunscreen below SPF 15 a low factor sunscreen. The study followed more than 140,000 Norwegian women for an average of ten years to draw its conclusions.

Should Men be Screened for Breast Cancer?

A common cancer misconception is that only women can be diagnosed with life-threatening breast cancer. To the contrary, approximately 440 of the 2,600 men who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States this year will lose their battle with the disease. Women have a much greater risk of being diagnosed with the disease than men; a woman's lifetime chance of developing breast cancer is 1 in 8, while a man's chance is 1 in 1,000. The American Cancer Society says that, "there is unlikely to be any benefit in screening men in the general population for breast cancer with mammograms or other tests." However, men with a family history of breast cancer or those who have gene mutations may benefit from routine screenings although there has been minimal research done on the benefits of breast cancer screenings in men. The American Cancer Society also notes that regular breast self-exams are not recommended for men and women who are at a normal risk for breast cancer.

Brain Cancer #1 Childhood Cancer Killer

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.

Could Your Phone be Harming Your Health?

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?

Who is at risk for Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is a major cause for concern in men, as it is the most prevalent non-skin type cancer in the United States. Several demographic levels influence a male's risk of developing prostate cancer. The baseline demographic is age; diagnosis rates increase in males as age increases. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, only 1 in 10,000 men under the age of 40 are diagnosed with prostate cancer. This number vaults to 1 in 38 men for ages 40-59, and further leaps to 1 in 14 men for ages 60-69.

Keeping an Eye on Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among American women after skin cancer, and is behind only lung cancer in terms of death rates. 1 out of 12 U.S. women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. To further examine Breast Cancer Statistics, Click Here. Needless to say, breast cancer needs to be monitored.

Medical errors are the third most common cause of death

When Pittsburgh residents go to the doctor, they assume that their doctor will provide them with the best medical care. No one ever anticipates that they will be the victim of a medical mistake. But, according to the recently released annual list of leading causes of death in the United States, the chances of becoming a victim because of a failure to diagnose a medical condition or other medical mistake is actually quite high.

Philadelphia patient awarded millions for medical mistake

Pittsburgh residents trust their medical providers to provide expert and accurate care for their medical conditions. When a medical provider makes a mistake, like the failure to diagnose a serious condition, it can cause a worsened medical condition, even death. A Philadelphia woman recently was awarded a large settlement for suffering from a medical mistake.

Woman claims inmate death due to negligence of medical staff

Every Pittsburgh resident deserves accurate and thorough medical care, regardless of circumstances. A woman has filed a lawsuit against Wexford Health Services and several of its staff members claiming that a prisoner at the State Correctional Institution in Camp Hill received inadequate medical care and failed to diagnose and treat the inmate's cancer.

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