Don't believe any idiot who tells you electronic cigarettes are the answer. Make no mistake: they are evil.
At 34 years of age, I'm the eldest of the four kids he left behind and should feel privileged that I had him for the longest of all of us. But two weeks after his death and a week after his funeral, I am struggling to feel positive about anything at all.
Despite sales of sunscreen lotions increasing and campaigns warning people about the dangers of sun exposure, the cases of malignant melanoma (the most dangerous form of skin cancer) in the UK has risen from 3.2 per 100,000 people in 1975 to 17.2 in 2010.
Not only does regular brushing help keep your teeth and gums healthy, it may also hold some protection against a number of chronic disease, with the latest research pointing the toothbrush at Alzheimer's disease.
Trusts around the country are beginning to see the advantages of engaging their staff with social media, and it's time for all of us to provide the support. How do we get more nurses online, collaborating safely and effectively? How do we get the most out of social media for patients?
Look Good Feel Better is a cancer support organization that runs workshops in hospitals for women who are undergoing treatment for cancer about make-up, skincare, confidence, and how to adapt your routines to the changes that chemotherapy and radiotherapy can bring.
Published last week in the British Medical Journal was a new meta-analysis of 21 studies of almost one million participants which concluded that consumption of omega 3 fatty acids, as found in fish, produces a significant reduction in the rate of breast cancer occurrence.
IVF is a big business. With infertility now affecting one in six couples, IVF is something that has become somewhat of a necessity for some couples wishing to conceive their own biological child. Often times, couples are so desperate for a baby, that they don't even consider the toll it can take on their physical and emotional well being.
As a society we are told that heart failure and heart disease is on the decrease, and I would suggest as an ex-smoker that the decline in smoking, may well have been the largest contributor to this decline. But WHY, with all the advances in treatments for the many differing types of cancer is this particular disease apparently on the increase.
The recent news that Michael Douglas' oral cancer may have been caused by the sexually transmitted disease, Human papillomavirus (HPV), has attracted international media attention, but it has also revealed low awareness about the condition.
What really caught my eye about the article was the fact that it used the word "survive". They won't recover from cancer. They will survive it. I know that it was meant in the sense that they won't die from it, but it struck me in a completely different way. From my perspective you don't recover from cancer. You simply survive it if you are lucky.
Cancers at the back of the tongue and in the tonsils have become more common over the past 20 years, with many of these linked to HPV 16 infection. Some experts believe that one of the main ways the virus spreads to the back part of the mouth and throat is through oral sex.
Studies have shown that in patients over the age of 40, the risk of an undiagnosed cancer being found in patients with a spontaneous (or "unprovoked") DVT is at least 10%. The cancers which are most likely to cause DVTs are breast cancer, lung cancer, bowel cancer and pancreatic cancer.
When we think of health problems in Africa, we generally focus on infectious diseases (such as HIV and malaria), malnutrition, and maternal and childhood mortality. By contrast, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as obesity, heart disease and cancer are frequently referred to as 'diseases of affluence', and thus thought only as a problem of rich, developed countries.
How daring, really, is Angelina Jolie's decision to write about her recent operation? Is she really rebelling against celebrity culture or conforming to it? I think it's the latter
Angelina Jolie's personal account of being told she has a fault in her BRCA1 gene and decision to have a double mastectomy to reduce the risk of her developing breast cancer has struck a chord with many individuals and families.