Within a few years of using prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests, we saw an amazing shift: By the mid-1990s, most men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer were curable. Since then, studies have shown that while PSA screening reduces a man’s likelihood of dying from prostate cancer, it does not reduce overall mortality. The problem has been with how we use PSA tests.
Rectal cancer typically affects people later in life, but doctors are seeing a surprising trend toward younger patients, particularly younger baby boomers. A colorectal surgeon answers some key questions.
Frequent nosebleeds or red blood spots on the skin may be signs of a rare blood vessel disorder known as hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, or HHT. Find out who should be screened.
Talking about diseases and poor health isn’t always easy. But asking a few simple questions — and taking notes for a family health history — start a conversation that leads to better health for everyone.
If you’ve heard of the old “nature versus nurture” debate, forget it. When it comes to diabetes, both your genes and your environment matter — and sugar isn’t the only culprit.
Cleveland Clinic researchers have discovered that a gene is associated with Cowden syndrome, an inherited condition that carries high risks of thyroid, breast and other cancers, and a subset of non-inherited thyroid cancers.
How common is genetic breast cancer? Does family resemblance matter? Get the facts that answer these common questions about genetics and breast cancer.
If aneurysms run in your family, you are at a higher risk of developing one and should be checked. Learn more about risk factors and treatment options.
Can the length of a man’s fingers affect his lifetime risk of prostate cancer? Find out what the science says.
Your doctor prescribes a medication. If you have a high risk of negative side effects, do you ask for something else instead? If you know the drug won’t work well for you, do you request more options? These questions aren’t just hypothetical. They’re at the heart of pharmacogenomics. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how your … Read More