Hematology/Oncology Opinion Archive

Is our makeup secretly hurting us?

Using powder makeup containing talc may increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

Using activity trackers to monitor transfusion-dependent patients

Activity trackers may help transfusion-dependent patients estimate hemoglobin levels.

Skin checks in the emergency department

Performing skin checks during other procedures can identify abnormalities that would otherwise be overlooked.

Breast Cancer Action: Focusing on systems, social causes of cancer

A medical organization dedicated to discussing the root causes of cancer, takes a different perspective on how to spread awareness of breast cancer.

Death with dignity: Who gets to decide?

Clinicians' personal beliefs cannot influence end-of-life care.

Supreme court ruling puts gynecologic cancer prevention at risk

SCOTUS decision in Hobby Lobby case reaches beyond contraception.

The heartbreak of home guaiac testing

Even medical pros struggle with the more awkward situations involved in routine health care.

End-of-life talks in primary care

Health practitioners need to be prepared, and help prepare patients for end-of-life discussions.

A shifting approach to breast cancer screening

A combination of the best available evidence, personal history and risk factors may soon replace standardized testing practices.

Obesity: A preventable risk factor for cancer?

Obesity is a well known risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases but also for many types of cancer.

Colonoscopy tips from the front lines

We can empower colonoscopy patients with a few written instructions to help ensure the procedure is safe and has optimal outcomes.

BRCA and mastectomy after Angelina Jolie

Testing for the breast-cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 is costly and not a standard screening tool for the general patient population.

The Internet can't tell if you have cancer

Patients should be encouraged to read up on their health, but make sure they are using reputable sources.

Less frequent Pap smears result in fewer unnecessary procedures

Highest-risk patients typically clear the HPV virus in 8 to 24 months without treatment.

Quantity, frequency important in sunscreen application

Patients may already know they should use a SPF 30 sunscreen, but are they applying it properly?

Don't let patients tan their lives away

Teen girls will come up with 100 reasons to use tanning beds. We as health-care providers need to give parents one really big reason to say no.

Prostate cancer: To screen or not to screen?

Only 50% of clinicians surveyed agree with U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations not to perform routine PSA screening.

Be an advocate for vaccinating boys against HPV

Encouraging patients of both sexes to receive the HPV vaccine will help achieve higher herd immunity rates and offer greater protection.

Politics have no place in women's health care

The Komen Foundation's decisions to withdraw and then reinstate Planned Parenthood breast-screening funding highlight disturbing trends in health care.

Encourage breast self-exams everyday, not just in October

Despite the abundance of pink that Breast Cancer Awareness brings in October, many women are still confused about recent screening guideline changes.

Elevated ALP and normocytic anemia

What is the significance of an isolated alkaline phosphatase (ALP) of 161 IU/L in the absence of gallbladder, pancreas or liver disease?

Teens and indoor tanning: communicating health risks

When discussing indoor tanning with adolescent patients, appealing to their sense of vanity can go a long way toward dissuading them from engaging in risky behaviors.

Integrate family members into patient care

Family members can often be more demanding than patients, but addressing anxiety in a compassionate manner can create a more positive experience for everyone involved.

Advice for first gynecology visits

There is no hard fast rule governing the timing of a first gynecological visit, but establishing a comfortable relationship with a gynecology provider during adolescence can provide young women with crucial health and sexual education.

Moving beyond pink ribbons

Encourage actionable breast cancer awareness this month with breast self-exams, mammograms and healthy living.

Talking through the mammogram furor

Clinicians need to better screen their patients and educate them about when best to begin obtaining routine mammograms.

The importance of breast density

Evidence and advice about breast cancer screening continues to emerge.

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