Cancer

Ask The Expert: Prostate Cancer

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Second to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in American men. Roughly 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. How is prostate cancer diagnosed? The American Cancer Society recommends having a discussion with your primary  ..

I Recommend Cancer Protection!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
As the days of summer wane and school physicals and forms start to pour into the office, the question never fails. “Do we need any shots?” As many of my patients know, I prefer to call immunizations “protections” and the word “need” can be so loosely interpret ..

Melanoma & Skin Cancer

Friday, April 22, 2016
How can I prevent melanoma and other types of skin cancer? The most preventable risk factor for skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, found in natural sunlight as well as indoor tanning devices. UV light is a known carcinogen and can penetrate window glass and even clouds, which ..

Can Colon Cancer Be Prevented?

Tuesday, February 09, 2016
How is colon cancer detected? Colonoscopy is the recommended test to screen for colorectal cancer by the American College of Gastroenterology. Most patients should begin screening for colorectal cancer at age 50, although sometimes your doctor may recommend an earlier age. Colonoscopy offers ..

Breast Cancer Awareness

Monday, September 21, 2015
If breast cancer doesn’t run in my family, can I get it? Yes. Every woman has some risk of breast cancer. About 80% of women who get breast cancer have no known family history of the disease. Increasing age is the biggest single risk factor for breast cancer. For those women who do hav ..

Skin Cancer: What You Should Know

Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Q: What causes skin cancer? A: Several factors influence who gets skin cancer, but we now know that ultraviolet light exposure is a major risk factor for skin cancer. Ultraviolet light can be found in both natural sunlight and in tanning beds. There are two factors to consider--the tot ..

Colonoscopies: Saving One Life at a Time

Monday, March 02, 2015
Why should I get a colonoscopy? Over the past few years, more attention has been given to preventative health services. Colonoscopy remains one of the smartest prevention or wellness tests you can have. Recent studies have shown that people who undergo routine colonoscopies reduce their ri ..

The Increasing Incidence of Blood-borne Cancers

Saturday, September 01, 2012
Leukemia is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow, characterized by an abnormal increase of immature white blood cells, which play a major role in one's ability to fight infections. The treatable disease affects more than 47,000 Americans each year and results in nearly 24,000 deaths ann ..

The Importance of Colorectal Screening

Thursday, March 01, 2012
Cancer of the colon and rectum remains the third top cancer killer in the United States, yet is one of the most preventable forms of cancer and is curable if detected early. In Louisiana, the rates of colon and rectal cancer are higher than the U.S. average, and while there has been a reduction  ..

Breast Cancer Risk Evaluation & Screening Guidelines

Saturday, October 01, 2011
One in 7 women in the United States has a risk of developing breast cancer during her lifetime. To make this statistic more personal, the annual incidence of breast cancer in Louisiana women is 121 per 100,000 and 131 per 100,000 for women in East Baton Rouge Parish. The national incidence was  ..