Revisiting your genetics – is one appointment enough?

genetics“I already went to see a genetic counselor and I was negative. So I don’t need to think about genetics anymore, right?” Actually, reconnecting with your genetic counselor every once in a while is a good idea. The field of genetic science is an ever-changing field. New discoveries are made all the time that can help us better understand the influence of genetics on a person’s health. For many people it is a huge relief when they revisit a genetics clinic and have testing that does not identify any mutations.

Why would anyone want to go back?

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Making the case for lung cancer screening

U-M radiologist involved in national effort to gain Medicare coverage for lung cancer CT screening

Ella A. Kazerooni, M.D., director of cardiothoracic radiology at the University of Michigan Health System

Ella A. Kazerooni, M.D., director of cardiothoracic radiology at the University of Michigan Health System

An op-ed piece published in the Wall Street Journal asks a provocative question: “If you could save thousands of lives, would you do it?”

The article was co-written by Ella A. Kazerooni, M.D., director of cardiothoracic radiology at the University of Michigan Health System. It goes on to urge Medicare to cover lung cancer screening.

The National Lung Screening Trial, a large-scale clinical trial funded by the National Cancer Institute, found that among 53,000 heavy smokers at high risk of lung cancer, CT screening demonstrated a 20% reduction in lung cancer deaths. The results led to the Continue reading

Gluten and cancer: friend or foe?

cancer and glutenGluten-free is a new buzz word associated with improved health and well-being. Gluten is a protein matrix in wheat, barley and rye formed by gliadin and glutenin that gives bread and baked goods their airy texture.  While only 1.5% of the population need to follow a gluten-free diet – those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) – nearly 30% of Americans are following such a diet. The reasons vary widely from weight loss to mood to cancer, but is there evidence about gluten and cancer to prove the anti-cancer claims of a gluten-free diet?

There is evidence of an association between gluten and an increased risk of cancer for only a very small group of individuals, namely persons with celiac disease who are not following a gluten-free diet. For the other 98.5% of the Continue reading

Grocery shopping for cancer prevention

grocery shopping for cancer preventionApril is National Cancer Control Month and its goal is to boost awareness of cancer, its care and to help more people win the battle against cancer. While it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk of cancer, you can take action to reduce your cancer risk through various lifestyle changes. One key area in your control is making healthy changes to your diet. Instead of just listing these healthy habits, follow the tips below to make your next grocery shopping trip a cancer-fighting experience.

Stick to the list: The very best thing you can do for yourself is to be prepared. Continue reading

When are biopsies important in detecting kidney cancer?

kidney cancermCancerPartner sat down recently with Khaled S. Hafez, M.D., a surgeon and associate professor of urology, to discuss how kidney cancer is detected and the role biopsies play.

mCancerPartner: What are the symptoms of kidney cancer?

Dr. Hafez: The three symptoms that normally indicate kidney cancer are pain in the abdomen, blood in the urine and a mass, or growth, in the side. But how physicians find kidney cancer has changed in recent years. Today, most kidney cancer is found accidently, before the symptoms Continue reading

U-M Cancer Center to offer free throat cancer screenings April 26

throat cancerThroat cancer can take away your voice, your jaw and your ability to swallow food, but it also can be treated if caught early enough.

What are the risk factors for throat cancer?

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Drinking alcohol

What are the symptoms of throat cancer?

  • Trouble swallowing food
  • Mouth and/or throat soreness
  • A persistent hoarseness
  • Neck lump(s) Continue reading