Why 30 percent?
No one can say exactly what a healthful fat intake is for a given individual, let alone for everyone. A majority of public health experts have supported the 30-percent guideline because they felt it was lower than what Americans are currently consuming, but not so low as to discourage compliance. Some scientists have proposed that we should strive for fat intakes closer to 25 or even 20 percent of daily caloric intake. Such levels would require greater changes in dietary habits for most Americans. Continue reading “Dietary fat: Playing the numbers game. Part 4”
I have a strong family history of breast and reproductive system cancers. Three years ago, I had bilateral simple mastectomies (preventive mastectomies) in hopes of decreasing my chances of getting breast cancer. I chose not to have breast reconstruction or implants. I am basically relieved and comfortable with my decision, although every time I look in the mirror I am still astounded by my lack of breasts. Continue reading “Preventing History From Repeating Itself”
A large European study finds that digital rectal exams to screen for prostate cancer are most likely to miss cancers when the results of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests — another screening test — are in the low numbers (less than 4.0 ng/mL). Continue reading “Digital Prostate Cancer Exam in Question. Part 1”
Lentigo Maligna Melanoma
This cancer is more common in women, occurring on the ears around the facial area, and neck or perhaps areas exposed to extreme sun for long periods. Fifty and above is the usual age that this form will appear, and is preceded by a precancerous stage, years in advance of melanoma. Continue reading “The Different Types of Skin Cancer Post 2”