Category Archives: cancer

I had a mammogram, but because I have dense breast tissue, my doctor suggested that I have another test, an ultrasound. What is the benefit of this second test, and can it detect problems that may escape mammogram detection?

Once again we turn to Anees Chagpar, M.D., Director of the Breast Center at Yale Cancer Center. She writes: “Mammograms may miss up to 15% of small breast cancer, particularly in women who have very dense breast tissue.  Dense breast … Continue reading

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How important is a monthly self-exam in detecting breast cancer?

October is national Breast Health Awareness Month, which makes this question very timely. To answer it, we turned to Yale Cancer Center breast surgeon Anees Chagpar, M.D., director of the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. She … Continue reading

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I have an enlarged prostate gland. Does this put me at greater risk for prostate cancer?

Our answer comes from Peter Schulam, M.D., chairman of the department of urology at Yale School of Medicine, and head of the prostate and urologic cancers program at Yale Cancer Center. He writes: “An enlarged prostate does not put you … Continue reading

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I’m a smoker who worries about lung cancer. How long will it take for my lungs to heal after I quit?

For an answer, we turned to Tom Lynch, M.D., director of Yale Cancer Center and physician-in-chief of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. Dr. Lynch is a world-renowned expert in lung cancer and the development of novel therapies. He writes: … Continue reading

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What are the warning signs of pancreatic cancer? Is there a test that can diagnose it before symptoms appear? And, is there any way to prevent it?

We turned to Yale pancreatic cancer expert Ronald Salem, M.D., professor of surgery and section chief of surgical oncology at Yale School of Medicine.  He writes:  “Despite the many advances in cancer therapy, pancreas cancer remains one of the most … Continue reading

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Do I need to supplement my Vitamin D? I hear it is so important for cancer protection and other health benefits.

For the answer, we turned to Yale endocrinologist Elizabeth Holt, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine.  Dr. Holt writes:  “Vitamin D is needed to help calcium from your food reach the skeleton, where it keeps bones strong. … Continue reading

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Can an annual physical exam spot early signs of cancer or heart disease?

For this, we turned to Matthew Ellman, M.D., Director of Yale Internal Medicine Associates. He writes: “Absolutely.  During a complete preventive clinical examination, your primary care physician can assess any changes in your body you may have noticed or physical exam … Continue reading

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