Tag Archives: Cancer

Dr Miriam Stoppard: DIY test could boost amount of cervical cancer screenings

Earlier this year I expressed ­concern that frighteningly large numbers of women weren’t ­taking up cancer screening ­appointments. There are many reasons why women are slow to respond to requests for these crucial tests. In the first instance, a smear test involves a technician taking a sample of cells from the cervix by way of… Read More »

“Dark Waters” Film Exposes Cancer Risks Behind Teflon [VIDEO]

A new film based on true events and starring actor Mark Ruffalo sheds light on how one of America’s most powerful corporations contaminated a town’s drinking water with a toxic chemical linked to cancer, reports Time. In Dark Waters, Ruffalo portrays the real-life corporate lawyer Robert Bilott, who in 1998 became an environmental crusader. That… Read More »

Research shows hair dye and straighteners increase risk of breast cancer in Black women

Adobe Stock Images A study has sparked concerns about how permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners affects the safety of African American women. The study was recently published in the International Journal of Cancer. Past research has found a connection in the chemicals of hair dye and straighteners with cancer. However, when tested within… Read More »

Doctors go to TikTok to talk to teens about vaping and how celery juice won’t cure cancer

Rose Marie Leslie, a doctor with a big following on TikTok. Rose Marie Leslie Dr. Rose Marie Leslie is hoping to reach teens with a message about the dangers of e-cigarettes. So she’s started posting regularly on TikTok, the popular short video app, and has collected a large following. Leslie, who goes by @DrLeslie and… Read More »

EHR ‘nudges’ increase clinician ordering of cancer screenings

The University of Pennsylvania Health System programmed a best-practice alert into its electronic health record to automatically prompt medical assistants to either accept or decline a cancer screening order. The EHR “nudge” implemented at three different Penn primary care practices resulted in a 22 percent increase in screening order rates for breast cancer, compared with… Read More »