By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 2 Comments
    Should Everyone Be Taking Metformin to Fight Can…

    Metformin was created in the 1920s by chemists who were working with the French lilac plant. That's because healers had been using French lilac for centuries to control the symptoms of type 2 diabetes…

    By: Terry Graedon June 30, 2016 1 Comments
    Do You Need a Pelvic Exam Every Year?

    For decades, women have scheduled an annual pelvic exam as part of their preventive health care. Now, the US Preventive Services Task Force says maybe that's not necessary. Is a Pelvic Exam a Problem?…

    By: Joe Graedon June 2, 2016 7 Comments
    Should You Worry About Cellphones and Cancer?

    We would not blame you if you are confused about the question regarding cellphones and cancer. Even the experts do not agree on what to make of the latest rodent research. Confusing Headlines About Ce…

    By: Joe Graedon May 19, 2016 2 Comments
    Big Week for New Cancer Breakthrough Drugs!

    This was an impressive week for the Food and Drug Administration and cancer treatment. The feds gave cancer breakthrough status to an extraordinary number of therapies for hard-to-treat malignancies. …

    By: Terry Graedon May 12, 2016 0 Comments
    Do Teens Who Love Fruit Reduce Their Risk of Bre…

    It is important to eat your fruits and vegetables. A new study of women's risk of breast cancer shows that when you eat them may also matter. Fruit During the Teen Years Lowers the Risk of Breast Canc…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2016 2 Comments
    Can You Prevent Breast Cancer with Aspirin?

    A number of studies have shown that people who take aspirin on a regular basis are less likely to be diagnosed with certain cancers. This is one reader's response: Q. I am a participant in the NIEHS S…

    By: Terry Graedon April 28, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Reduce Your Risk of Bile Duct Cancer

    People who take aspirin on a regular basis are two and a half to three and a half times less likely to develop cancer of the bile duct than those who rarely or never take the pain reliever. Bile duct …

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2016 35 Comments
    How to Keep Cancer from Spreading by Taking Aspi…

    Cancer remains our number two killer, just behind heart disease. Far too many people die each year from cancer of the breast, prostate, colon and lung. What can be done to prevent tumors or keep cance…

    By: Terry Graedon April 21, 2016 7 Comments
    Could Your Diabetes Drug Prevent Death from Canc…

    One of the most popular medications for type 2 diabetes, metformin, may reduce the likelihood of death from cancer. What Is Metformin? Metformin (Fortamet, Glucophage, Glumetza, Riomet) was original…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2016 3 Comments
    Your Money or Your Life? Costly Cancer Drugs

    Cancer research has produced quite a few interesting new compounds lately, and some of them can extend a desperate patient's life for months or occasionally even longer. But if you needed one of these…

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2016 2 Comments
    When Will FDA Start Testing Food for Roundup Res…

    A year ago the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared that the widely used herbicide glyphosate is a probable carcinogen. In the U.S. glyphosate is sold under the brand name Round…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2016 0 Comments
    Immune Cell Therapies for Cancer Look Promising

    Immune cell therapies against cancer have researchers excited. Over the last few years a number of new drugs have been approved for hard-to-treat malignancies such as melanoma and lung cancer. They wo…

    By: Joe Graedon February 15, 2016 27 Comments
    Will Hair Dye Increase the Danger of Bladder Can…

    For most people concerns about environmental exposures and cancer risks are abstract, something that other people worry about. For this reader the connection between hair dye and bladder cancer is pe…

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2016 4 Comments
    Diclofenac Could Be a Powerful Cancer Fighter

    Researchers have reported that aspirin has broad anti-cancer activity against a number of malignancies. Now another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, diclofenac, has also demonstrated anti-cancer a…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2016 5 Comments
    Research on Twins with Cancer Raises Red Flags

    Researchers have been debating the respective roles of genetics and environment on cancer for decades. This question is sometimes framed as "nature or nurture," and the general consensus is that usual…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2016 22 Comments
    Skeptical Doctor Doubts The Goodness of Garlic

    Q. As a physician I usually enjoy your column. But I have some serious questions about your claims about garlic. What is the evidence that "Egyptian physicians used garlic"? You have stated that as if…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2015 4 Comments
    Grilled Meat Contributes to Kidney Cancer

    Recently, experts at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (a branch of the World Health Organization) stirred up controversy when they announced that processed meats are human carcinogens. …

    By: Joe Graedon November 5, 2015 9 Comments
    Beating Back Garlic Breath With Parsley

    Q. My husband has decided he should be getting garlic every day to control his blood pressure and cholesterol and protect himself against cancer. He hates taking pills or anything synthetic so I am st…

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2015 15 Comments
    Processed Meats Boost Risk of Cancer

    Processed meats such as salami, bacon, hot dogs or ham have been classified as human carcinogens according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. This branch of the World Health Organizat…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2015 3 Comments
    Pricey New Cancer Drugs Produce Disappointing Re…

    Over the last several years the FDA has approved a substantial number of new medicines for hard-to-treat cancers. Some of these drugs cost thousands of dollars a month and have been hyped as important…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2015 12 Comments
    Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements Failed in Canc…

    Previous research suggested that high levels of vitamin D would protect people against colorectal cancer. People with high blood levels of this hormone/vitamin were more likely to survive. A big obser…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2015 17 Comments
    Is Drug Company Greed Out of Control?

    Are drug companies killing the goose that lays their golden eggs? In this ancient fable, a farmer and his wife discover that their goose is laying golden eggs. They become so greedy that they slaughte…

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2015 2 Comments
    Lymphoma as a Side Effect of Remicade

    It can be difficult to weigh the benefits against the risks of medicines that are used to treat dreadful conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. On the one hand, having a way to ease pain and permit …

    By: Joe Graedon September 10, 2015 1 Comments
    Aspirin Boosts Cancer Immunotherapy Treatment

    The hot new approach in cancer treatment is immunotherapy. In this approach, pricey new medications enhance the body's own immune defenses to better fight cancer cells. How Aspirin Could Help: A surpr…

    By: Joe Graedon August 27, 2015 1 Comments
    Regular Aspirin Use Lowers Risk of Colon Cancer

    Aspirin use can help prevent colon cancer, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. A study of more than 112,000 Danes took advantage of the country's excellent medical records that c…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2015 16 Comments
    Could Floating Poop Be A Sign of Celiac Disease?

    Several years ago we heard from a concerned reader that his bowel movements floated. At first he worried it might be something really serious, like pancreatic cancer. But then he realized he would hav…

    By: Joe Graedon August 3, 2015 7 Comments
    Doctors Lead Protest Against High Cancer Drug Pr…

    The pharmaceutical industry has finally gone too far. Drug companies have bitten the hands that feed them. Oncologists are furious about the unconscionable costs of cancer drugs. In the Mayo Clinic Pr…

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2015 3 Comments
    Is Ginseng Safe for Cancer Patient?

    Mixing alternative remedies such as herbs with prescription drugs for treating serious problems such as cancer can be risky. It is always a good idea to check with the oncology team to see if they kno…

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2015 1 Comments
    Leisure Time Exercise Helps Americans Live Longe…

    The federal government issues physical activity guidelines for Americans from time to time. The latest of these came out in 2008, recommending that all of us get at least 150 minutes of moderate activ…

    By: Joe Graedon June 15, 2015 5 Comments
    BCG Drug Shortage Puts Cancer Patient in Mortal …

    For drug companies, a shortage of a medication is a business problem. For many patients, however, a drug shortage can be a lethal hazard. It is especially distressing when the drug in question is long…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2015 20 Comments
    Does Hair Dye Cause Cancer?

    Q. I had bladder cancer, which was treated successfully with surgery. When I asked my doctor why people get this kind of cancer, he talked about smoking and exposure to dyes in manufacturing. I quit s…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2015 0 Comments
    Cancer Treatments Recruit the Immune System Agai…

    A new category of anti-cancer drugs has been introduced over the past few years. These medications that work by modulating the immune system include pembrolizumab (Keytruda), nivolumab (Opdivo) and ip…

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2015 1 Comments
    New Cancer Drugs Use the Immune System to Treat …

    Cancer treatment is changing with the development of new agents that work through the immune system. A combination of two of the newer drugs, ipilimumab (Yervoy) and nivolumab (Opdivo), works better t…

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2015 0 Comments
    New Drugs Show Promise Against Melanoma and Lung…

    A new cancer drug, pembrolizumab (Keytruda), produced encouraging results for melanoma patients. It was approved last year for patients whose melanoma had not responded to ipilimumab (Yervoy). In the …

    By: Joe Graedon April 2, 2015 2 Comments
    To Lower Liver Cancer Risk, Drink Coffee, Not Al…

    People who consume three or more alcoholic beverages a day increase their risk for liver cancer. That includes beer, wine and distilled liquor beverages. But coffee may counteract that danger. Scienti…

    By: Joe Graedon March 26, 2015 4 Comments
    Herbicide Is Named Probable Carcinogen

    The International Agency for Research on Cancer has stirred up controversy with its evaluation of two pesticides as probable carcinogens. The compounds are malathion, commonly used in mosquito control…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2015 3 Comments
    Rescue Dog Sniffs Out Thyroid Cancer

    Dogs have an extraordinary sense of smell. (For a fascinating book about their olfactory abilities and how they can use their sense of smell to locate dead bodies, check out What the Dog Knows.) Now s…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2015 0 Comments
    Booster Shot May Boost Brain Cancer Treatment

    Glioblastoma is a type of brain cancer that is extremely hard to treat. People diagnosed with this condition usually survive for little more than a year. But a new treatment developed at Duke Cancer I…

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2015 0 Comments
    Helping the Immune System Find and Fight Cancer

    Two articles in The New England Journal of Medicine regarding a new class of anticancer drugs show substantial benefit. Nivolumab [pronounced nye vol' ue mab] is a monoclonal antibody that blocks a pr…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2015 3 Comments
    Vitamin D Aids Cancer Survival

    Researchers at the American Society of Cancer Oncology report that clinical trial participants with newly diagnosed colorectal cancer fared better if they had higher blood levels of vitamin D. The pat…