Womens Health

Cervical Cancer Facts

Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer in women, with an estimated 529 828 new cases and 275 128 deaths reported worldwide in 2008. In developing countries, the age standardized mortality rate is 10/10 000—more than three times higher than in developed countries. However, cervical cancer still represents a major public health problem even in developed countries: 54 517 new cases of invasive cervical cancer are diagnosed in Europe [...]

Breast Cancer Surgery on the Margins

Source: UC Irvine Health News, Making Breast Cancer Surgery More Precise; ucirvinehealth.org One of the many problems facing breast cancer patients is weather their surgeon cut out all of the cancer in her breast during surgery. The goal in a lumpectomy is to completely remove the cancer while preserving as much normal breast tissue as [...]

Breast Cancer Spread Risk

Sources: Nature Cell Biology, May 2013; Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Breast Cancer Spread (metastasis) risk is higher in women with dense breast tissue.  Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered why breast cancer patients with dense breasts are more likely than others to develop aggressive tumors that [...]

Breast Cancer New Research

Source:  Molecular Cell, May 2013; Western Schulich School of Medicine & Denistry (Ontario, Canada) Breast Cancer isn't all the same. There is a type of breast cancer called "triple negative" which has limited treatment options and the worst chance of survival. Triple negative breast cancer is generally diagnosed based upon the presence, or lack of, three [...]

Skin Cancer Season

It's almost Memorial Day weekend, the kick-off to Summer and with Summer comes much needed warnings to enjoy, but be safe and aware of the cancer facts, in the sun! The Lewis Law Firm has a history of representing patients diagnosed with cancer.  If you are in Philadelphia or New Jersey and you or a loved one have been [...]

Medical Malpractice Myths

Sources: David A. Hyman, MD, JD ; and Charles Silver, JD; CHEST 2013; 143(1):222–227 Take it with a grain of salt as it comes from a physician-lawyer and a lawyer, but strongly consider a well-researched article published in a peer reviewed medical journal which seeks to dispel the 5 Major myths that are consistently brought up [...]

Cancer Misdiagnosis Common

Sources: Best Doctors and the National Coalition on Health Care Joint Study; American Journal of Medicine; BMJ Quality and Saftey Cancer is diagnosed more commonly than most physicians, themselves are aware.  A series of recently published studies indicate a misdiagnosis rate from 15% to 28% of the time. There are a number of reasons cited by [...]

Advanced Breast Cancer Increase in Women under 40

Sources: JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) 2013;309(8):800-805; National Cancer Institute, SEER Cancer Statistics Review ADVANCED breast cancer, or metastatic breast cancer (spread through the body) effectively tripled among women younger than 40 between 1976 and 2009. These are women whose cancer had already spread by the time it was diagnosed.  In this small, but statistically [...]

Early Detection Critical for Breast Cancer!

Sources: American Cancer Society; and 30+ years of medical malpractice experience EARLY detection of breast cancer, before it causes symptoms, is the key to cure and long-term survival of this disease.  The goal of screening exams for early breast cancer detection is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms.  Breast cancers that are [...]

Women who Smoke have Twice the Risk of Cancer than Men.

Sources: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, online edition, May 1, 2013; American Association for Cancer Research RESEARCHERS at the University of Tromsø in Norway have concluded that women who smoke have a higher risk of cancer than men, Norwegian investigators found.  Looking at the medical records of more than 600,000 patients between ages 16 and [...]