The conversation surrounding toxins is rather “en vogue” right now, which can unfortunately cause some people to dismiss important information as simply part of the chatter. Although toxins are a hot topic, reducing your exposure to toxins should not be taken lightly. Everyday toxins may sound like small potatoes, but exposure to such chemicals — … Continue reading 4 simple ways to reduce your exposure to common household toxins
Fortunately, in the United States, smoking is decreasing over the last decade. As a surgeon who treats lung cancer, this makes me very happy. However, a new trend has developed over recent years with the use of electronic cigarettes or vaping. Vaping or e-cigarettes is inhalation of a vaporized substance typically containing nicotine that is … Continue reading Is vaping as bad as smoking?
Lung cancer remains a “stubborn killer” with a low survival rate. But there is new hope for the prospects of combatting the disease thanks to the results of a large, years-long study and the recent decision by Medicare to pay for lung cancer screening for those at high risk. The study that preceded that decision … Continue reading Medicare coverage of lung cancer screening explained
Those who suffer from lung cancer continue to be unfairly stigmatized because of the assumed connection between the disease and smoking, David Mason, MD, chief of thoracic surgery and lung transplantation on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, said on WFAA-TV’s (Channel 8) Good Morning Texas. “There’s a stigma I think that … Continue reading Lung cancer smoking stigma persists
Lung cancer can be a devastating diagnosis. Fortunately, there is a new diagnostic test now available for people at the highest risk of developing lung cancer. Jerry Barker, MD, a radiation oncologist at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, answers some commonly asked questions about lung cancer. What is lung cancer? Lung cancer is … Continue reading What you might not know about lung cancer
There’s no easy way to say it: Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer among men and women in the United States. “More people die from lung cancer than from prostate, breast, colon and pancreas cancers combined,” said Jose F. Escobar, MD, medical director of thoracic surgery at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine and a … Continue reading Lung cancer facts: Understanding the #1 killer
This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. In October, we heard a lot about breast cancer. This month, prostate cancer is the hot topic. Yet, each year more Americans die from lung cancer than both these cancers combined. A big reason why is because lung cancer usually … Continue reading WATCH: Low Dose CT Screening for Lung Cancer
“What’s up Callahams.” I heard those words almost every day for four years. It’s funny, sometimes I still do. I wasn’t sure what to think of Jet when I first started working with him. He was loud and more than a little outspoken. Sometimes his language was more unruly than his beard. His glasses rested low across his nose … Continue reading Jet Jackson: A Life Leaving a Legacy