Getting to the Root of the Beast

Isn’t it time already for a consensus on some long debated procedures?

Mammograms made the news again this week.  The latest opinion…YES…regular mammography is the way to go.  But wait six months, and another group study will suggest something different, or at least that’s the way it seems.

Medical oncologists seem to always agree on colonoscopy as a way to get the jump on possible colon cancer.

It’s hard to point to many ways to ‘prevent’ cancer.  That’s going to be one of the big themes in cancer world in the future.  Actually, I guess the future is now, because researchers are working on many vaccines in the lab right now. 

The big breakthrough in cancer findings is the genetic connection to the disease.  Just this month in “The Journal of the American Medical Association,” a new study suggests that doctors and their patients regularly talk about and update the patient’s family history of cancer.  That includes breast cancer.  That way doctor’s can determine cancer risk and when patients should see a genetic specialist to evaluate their cancer risk.

It’s all great advice.  What it says, is that these folks in the lab are beginning to tear off the undercover of this beast to find out where it’s roots are…..The family tree is telling us more than where Aunt Martha and Uncle Bill came from…

Cancer’s beginnings can’t hide forever.

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