Do Hormones Cause Cancer?

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This is a question we regularly hear from patients when we discuss their symptoms and hormone replacement options. Often people are led to believe hormone replacement of any kind will increase their chances of developing cancer later. We have seen that this simply isn’t the case with patients treated using bio-identical hormones. A large study… Read more »

Testosterone Prevents Breast Cancer

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A large study published in 2013 reveals a markedly reduced incidence of breast cancer in women treated with testosterone compared to women who received no hormone replacement therapy. (Glaser et al, Maturitas 2013) 1268 women were enrolled in the study, with average follow-up of five years. Treatment was provided with testosterone pellets implanted under the… Read more »

Niacinamide Reduces Skin Cancer

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Basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers are by far the most common type of cancer. They are rarely lethal, but the surgery or radiation required to treat them can be deforming, painful, and expensive. More than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer yearly. Sun exposure is a primary risk factor, so people living… Read more »

Prostate Cancer – You Can Live With It

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Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells that impair normal body functions, leading to disability or death. Most people, including doctors, believe that cancers should be cut out if possible. Some surgeries, such as removal of the breasts or ovaries, are performed even prior to a cancer diagnosis, with the assumption that cancer will otherwise… Read more »

Mammography: Perhaps Not a Lifesaving Procedure

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A New England Journal of Medicine article casts doubt on the value of screening mammography in preventing death from breast cancer. (Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast-Cancer Incidence, November 22, 2012, pp 1998-2005). Screening mammography, or mammography performed in the absence of symptoms, has doubled the frequency of detection of early-stage breast… Read more »

PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer: Going the Way of the Passenger Pigeon?

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The US Preventive Services Task Force has recommended against routine PSA screening in men for prostate cancer. The recommendation was based on the conclusion that “there is moderate or high certainty that the service has no net benefit or that the harms outweigh the benefits.” Large studies had revealed either no or very small increases… Read more »

Intravenous Vitamin C

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Intravenous vitamin C has a storied past. Not at the time identified as the active therapeutic component, vitamin C in citrus fruits was demonstrated by James Lind in 1747 to prevent scurvy in sailors. Citrus fruit therapy had been inconsistently utilized for 500 years for the same purpose, but was not officially acknowledged and promoted… Read more »

Estrogen May Protect Against Breast Cancer!

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After years of upset, hormone cancellations and denials, now comes more evidence that estrogen replacement therapy does NOT cause breast cancer. Estrogen may even protect against breast cancer. If you find this surprising, read on. Published in Lancet Oncology, March 7, 2012, the study was an extended, 12-year follow-up of 7,645 women, half of whom… Read more »

Vitamin D and Breast Cancer

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It was found previously that low vitamin D levels increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Recently it has also been found that low vitamin D levels are associated with markers of more aggressive disease and of metastases. (Aggressive Breast Tumors Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency: April 29, 2011, at http://www.urmc.rochester.edu) Women with vitamin D… Read more »

Cancer Prevention Guidelines

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The American Cancer Society has published extensive lifestyle guidelines for cancer prevention. (CA Cancer J Clin 2012;62:30-67) There are 572,000 cancer deaths in the United States each year, one third of which are attributable to diet and physical activity habits, mainly overweight and obesity.  Fully another third is a result of exposure to tobacco products…. Read more »