My Husband Smoked for 30 Years, Screenings Help Us Breathe Easier

A pack-a-day smoker, my husband, Brad, began smoking in 1976 when he was 16. His father, grandfather, parents’ friends and friends smoked. Although it was after the 1964 release of the landmark Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, it was a time when 40% of Americans smoked. People could light up in any number [...]

By |2019-04-02T15:14:31-05:00March 27th, 2019|

Keeping the Faith After a Cancer Diagnosis

David is now in remission and back to work after two years of treatment and recovery. It may sound odd for someone to feel “chosen” for cancer but that’s how David Rolf feels after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma. For David, who works in Radiology, his cancer diagnosis strengthened his faith and his [...]

By |2019-03-26T13:35:25-05:00March 26th, 2019|

National Colorectal Cancer Month

Ben Mizrahi, MD, Colorectal Surgery Associates, PC Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society's 2019 statistics. Symptoms Although the signs can vary, common symptoms of colorectal cancer may include: No signs or symptoms at all A change of bowel habits [...]

By |2019-03-06T09:55:29-05:00March 1st, 2019|

Take 5 Minutes to Reduce Your Risk of Cervical Cancer

Just 40 years ago, cervical cancer was the leading cause of cancer death in women. Thanks to increased use of the Pap smear, cases of cervical cancer have dropped dramatically. Dawn Heizman, MD, with Meritas Health Pavilion For Women While this is fantastic news, there’s still work to be done. Each year, more [...]

By |2019-01-02T15:19:55-05:00December 31st, 2018|

DNA Home Test Kits: A Genetic Counselor’s Perspective

The rise in popular at-home DNA tests such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com has skyrocketed. In the next few years, demand is expected to more than quadruple. Individuals can buy genetic testing kits from local retailers, send away samples of saliva, discover their ancestry, and learn their predisposition to many diseases and health conditions. They get [...]

By |2019-01-04T14:57:06-05:00December 10th, 2018|

Smoking Dangers for Your Four-Legged Friends

The Great American Smokeout occurs each November with tips on how to kick the habit. But, did you know smoking can impact your pet’s health? When you light up next to Fido you expose your beloved pet to a potentially harmful environment. Nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide are just some of the cancer-causing substances found [...]

By |2018-11-19T09:33:01-05:00November 19th, 2018|

Vaping Gets a Red Light

Chocolate. Espresso. Mango. Bubblegum. With tempting flavors and the promise of being a safer alternative to tobacco, electronic cigarette sales have gone from zero to 60 in no time flat. Pulmonologist, Andrea Anthony, MD, with Meritas Health Pulmonary Medicine But, buyer beware. Pulmonologist Andrea K. Anthony, MD, with Meritas Health Pulmonary Medicine, pops [...]

By |2018-10-25T16:19:09-05:00October 25th, 2018|
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