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Raise cigarette taxes $2 a pack to pay for new lung cancer screening guidelines

The U.S. Preventative Services Task force has issued a new recommendation: annual CT scan screening for lung cancer for high-risk smokers between the ages of 55 and 80. Who is a high risk smoker? Anyone with a 30-pack year smoking history (meaning a pack a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 … Continue reading

New York Times misleads regarding HPV vaccine and throat cancer

I was sent a link to this article that appeared July 18, 2013 in the New York Times. It has a very catchy headline: HPV Vaccine Found to Help With Cancers of the Throat Wow, I thought. Really? How is this possible? First of all, we do know that HPV is responsible for an every … Continue reading

What Michael Douglas neglected to mention about oral sex and cancer

Michael Douglas, who is now three years post diagnosis for head and neck cancer, blamed oral sex with women for his disease. Apparently, he also says cunnilingus is the cure, but we’ll tackle that nugget another day. Douglas revealed his tumor was HPV positive while doing his press tour for Behind the Candelabra (which is … Continue reading

Mitt Romney channels Ebenezer Scrooge on 60 minutes

Last night on 60 minutes Mitt Romney was questioned about health care. When asked if the government had a responsibility to care for the fifty million Americans who don’t have health insurance he replied, “Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance, people — we– if someone has a heart attack, they … Continue reading

A letter to Prada about their PRO-SMOKING shoes

Dear Prada, I was perusing shoes at Nordy’s, momentarily entranced by a pair of your gorgeous beige patent platform heels, when I came across a shoe of yours that I can only describe as the brainchild of a misogynist douchecanoe. I’m referring to what you call your “Lips” shoe. Yes, the one with the 80’s … Continue reading

Cancer v. the Constitution

The patient in the emergency department smelled of advanced cancer. It is the smell of rotting flesh, but even more pungent. You only ever have to smell it once. She had been bleeding irregularly, but chalked it up to “the change.” Peri-menopausal hormonal mayhem is the most common cause of irregular vaginal bleeding, but unfortunately … Continue reading

Targeting Big Tobacco to save a few billion in health care costs

The United States spends about $200 billion a year on health costs related to tobacco use, half of the money is spent on direct health-care and the other half on lost productivity. 18% of women of reproductive age smoke and 173,940 women die every year from smoking related cancers. Never mind the effects of smoking … Continue reading

The 5 most common cancers among women and tips on prevention and early detection

According to the American Cancer Society 739,940 women were diagnosed with cancer of some kind in 2010 and sadly almost one-third, or 240,290 women, died. While breast cancer is the most common cancer, with over 200,000 women diagnosed each year, it is far from being the most lethal. Women with cancer of the ovary, the … Continue reading

Can you be pro-life and pro-tobacco? Presidential hopeful Rick Perry thinks so.

In 2009 Texas lawmakers decided to tax smokeless tobacco by weight rather than volume. This raised the taxes causing sales in Texas to drop by 50% (stats courtesy of those most concerned with plummeting sales, the makers of the Redman Chewing tobacco, apparently the number one brand). Less chewing tobacco is good because it causes … Continue reading