When asked what the number one risk factor for breast cancer is, founder and chief scientist of ZRT Laboratory Dr. David Zava has been known to say, “wearing a bra.” He's right. Why? Because having breasts, or just being a woman, is indeed the biggest risk factor, since the disease is 100 times more common in women than in men. is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but given the controversies that…

Tags: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Menopause

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September was Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. It's October now, but the increasing incidence of thyroid cancer makes it a timely topic for any time of the year. In fact, something that every healthcare provider should know is that there's an expectation that 2014 will see a record number of papillary thyroid cancers being diagnosed, and the corresponding awareness campaign promotes a "neck check"…

Tags: Cancer, Thyroid Health

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Controversy Surrounds an Upsurge in Thyroid Cancer Detection

January 2009: I woke up one morning, and randomly rubbed the left side of my neck. I felt two very large bumps, which I assumed were swollen lymph nodes. “I’m just fighting something,” I told myself, and promptly forgot about them. Whether it was denial or just my natural forgetfulness (ok, it was probably denial…), I didn’t do anything about the lumps for about 9 months. September 2009: I…

Tags: Thyroid Health, Patient Education, Cancer

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A Journey Through Thyroid Cancer

A recent study [1] found that women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations benefit from a significantly reduced risk of ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancers by having their ovaries removed before the age of 35. For women with such a genetic predisposition to cancer, the decision to remove their ovaries and/or breasts can prevent cancer in the future; however, I thought it would be worth…

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Surgical Menopause - A Doctor's Perspective

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