Lung Cancer Screening

November 8, 2010 by Michael McCurdy · Comments Off
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Michael J. McCurdy, Founder/Publisher

The Big News this week: Lung Cancer Screening

In what is a watershed moment in the effort to save lives from the nation’s number one cancer killer, groundbreaking news from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) this week confirms what many in the public health community have long held out hope for – that low dose lung cancer screening will revolutionize the battle to detect tobacco-related lung cancers early enough to save countless lives.

What is screening?

Screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. This can help find cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread.

Scientists are trying to better understand which people are more likely to get certain types of cancer. They also study the things we do and the things around us to see if they cause cancer. This information helps doctors recommend who should be screened for cancer, which screening tests shoud be used, and how often the tests should be done.

It is important to remember that your doctor does not necessarily think you have cancer if he or she suggests a screening test. Screening tests are given when you have no cancer symptoms.

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Finally, Some Good News for a Guy Who Could Use Some

November 8, 2010 by Michael McCurdy · 1 Comment
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Michael J. McCurdy, Founder/Publisher

Three months ago, “Bob” returned home to find his 41 year-old wife lying on the floor, dead of a heart attack. Lying on the floor next to her was their 16 month old son, who suffers from Tuberous Sclerosis.

Six months prior to this, Bob lost his business due to the economy. They reposessed his truck. He did not have health insurance. This weekend, they have foreclosed on his house.

His medical bills alone will stagger you. He changes his son’s diaper 6 times a day, as well as feeding him. He cannot leave his son alone, or the state will step in and charge neglect.

Tuberous Sclerosis complex is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form in many different organs, primarily in the brain, eyes, heart, kidney, skin and lungs. You will see it referred to both as tuberous sclerosis (TS) and tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). The term TSC is used in scientific literature to distinguish tuberous sclerosis complex from Tourette’s syndrome.

This past Saturday, this news release came to HealthNewsDigest.com:

FDA Approval
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance Announces FDA Approval of First Drug to Treat Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
See article below. I called Bob with the News. He was ecstatic. “Finally, some good news.”

“Hey, Mike, the state helped me get an apartment. I move in next week!”