lung cancer

As I have written elsewhere, lung cancer used to be an almost unknown disease. I have a paper in which lung cancer is described as a rare form of a rare disease (cancer is rare). While the Victorians did not possess sophisticated diagnostic or screening technology, they were as able to diagnose late stage cancer […]

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Remember my jokey piece: Dr. Fido will see you now!1 I wrote about the fact that dogs could be trained to sniff out cancers with a high degree of accuracy (better than blood tests and x-rays). Of course, if dogs can smell tumors, that must mean there are distinct chemicals being produced. So—only a matter […]

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Next time you clip your toenails, you may hesitate to throw them away. Toenails can tell us about the risk of lung cancer, according to a study just published in the American Journal of Epidemiology (March 2, 2011). You may even be at risk of the disease if you have never smoked. The point is […]

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The PSA Test Is Dead!

by ProfKeith

It’s no longer officially scientific to recommend a PSA test “just to see”. A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is preparing to recommend that the PSA test get a “D” rating, meaning the results are unreliable and likely to lead to unnecessary biopsies, in which the risks outweigh any measurable benefit. The PSA test results […]

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