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Making Medical Decisions

When you are newly diagnosed with any serious illness, you will have to make decisions that could have life-or death consequences. You need to know all your treatment options, the likely survival outcomes, and all the side effects and other short-term and long-term risks for each option. You want to be very sure that you will be better off with treatment than without treatment, and you want to be sure that any treatments you choose are the best ones available. You should read whatever you can, and you should also ask questions of other patients and your doctors.

Cancer and the Precautionary Principle

As global climate change adversely impacts economic growth, the right-wing corporate elites are counting on new technologies to save the global economy. One is genetic engineering, which is creating entirely new organisms (GMOs) that don’t exist in nature.  Another is geo-engineering, which aims to alter the weather to counteract global warming (also used for military purposes).  Another is nanotechnology, which manipulates atoms and molecules.  What could go wrong? What are their effects on cancer?  It would seem that if ever the precautionary principle were called for, that time is now.  However, so long as corporations have the ability to corrupt politicians with money, citizens will be subjects in a global science experiment without our consent.

Body Weight and Breast Cancer

After I finished chemotherapy in 2011, my medical oncologist began expressing concern about my weight. Overweight is usually defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25.  In postmenopausal women, overweight is considered a risk factor for estrogen receptor-positive...

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Insiders Admit Trump’s EPA Burying Cancer-Causing Chemical Study Unfriendly to Industry

As Politico’s Annie Snider reported, Trump appointees at the agency are blocking the release of an assessment on formaldehyde produced by the EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). A draft assessment already completed confirms research linking the common chemical to leukemia, nose and throat cancer, and other adverse health effects.

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