Category Archives: Cancer

New HPV, pap smear guidelines released

The CBS Evening News reported, “The government put out new guidelines today for screening for cervical cancer. … For decades, women have been told to get a pap smear as often as once a year.” Now, “the new recommendation calls for a test every three years for women 21 to 65” and women “ages 30 to 65 are being told they can wait five years if they get an additional test for human papilloma virus, or HPV.” Continue reading

CSPI urges ban on caramel coloring in soft drinks due to alleged cancer risk

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “In a letter to the US Food and Drug Administration, the consumer watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest [CSPI] called on officials to ban the use of caramel coloring in popular soft drinks, citing a possible cancer risk.” Continue reading

Lawmakers call on FDA to set standards for arsenic, lead levels in fruit juices

CQ reports that Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) “say they are alarmed by a respected consumer group’s findings of high arsenic and lead levels in fruit juices and worried that the Food and Drug Administration will not set federal limits for the toxic metals if left on its own.” Continue reading

Investigative report: Tanning-salon business built on deception

ABC World News reported, “Here’s a surprising fact we learned. There are more tanning salons in America than there are Starbucks. It is a huge, booming business. But some members of Congress warned today that it is also built on massive deception.” Continue reading

For women who imbibe, red wine may be healthier option

When it comes to the consumption of alcohol, the message has been decidedly mixed. Some studies show that moderate consumption might offer some health benefits, especially for the heart; other studies show an increased risk for certain cancers, especially breast cancer, with even the consumption of a very small amount of alcohol. What’s a woman to do? Continue reading

Occasional marijuana use may not damage lungs

The Washington Post “The Checkup” blog reports, “Smoking marijuana doesn’t appear to do the kind of damage to people’s lungs as smoking tobacco does,” according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “But that may have to do more with the way marijuana is typically smoked than with anything inherent in the substance itself.” Continue reading

Robot prostatectomy no better than traditional surgery

Reuters reports that a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology surveyed over 600 prostate cancer patients and found that robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy, compared with traditional open surgery, showed no difference in problems, such as urinary incontinence and sexual problems, after the surgery. Continue reading

PSA test does not reduce risk of death from prostate cancer

USA Today reported, “Screening men with the PSA test increases their chances of being diagnosed with prostate cancer but doesn’t reduce their overall risk of death, according to a large, long-running government study” published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Continue reading