Archive for May, 2011
This week’s article comes from Josh Soto in Encinitas, CA:
There’s actually a lot of buzz on the issue in the popular press, but will the data hold up?
Writing this article required a fair amount of legwork in the scientific literature. In the end, I offer my own verdict.
This week’s question is from Peter Borak in San Diego, CA:
Short answer: Tumors can be benign, pre-cancerous, or cancerous. Diagnosis is actually very old-school and low-tech: a biopsy is performed and analyzed by experienced pathologists, like the image to the right. Many people have tumors and don’t even realize it! (though most of the time they are benign) HOW this is discerned could be the subject of a future article…
This week’s question comes from Barbara B. in La Jolla, CA:
Cancer is like weeds in a garden… much easier to deal with if it has not yet begun to spread and get out of control. Early stage cancers can be curable with surgery.
I hope this helps to underscore the importance of detecting cancer early before it spreads!
This week’s article comes from a question asked by Andrew Ulvestad in Chicago, Illinois:
The answer to that question is this: It’s currently being investigated by scientists.
Now, that’s not very interesting, but there is an emerging paradigm based off of converging research in several fields, summarized by yours truly.