Author: Chris Prakash

Jolie and Applegate raise awareness of Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

A few years ago, when actress Angelina Jolie decided to undergo prophylactic double mastectomy, it increased awareness of genetic testing for hereditary forms of cancer. Recently, actress Christina Applegate revealed that she too has BRCA1 mutation, and has undergone double mastectomies and removal of her ovaries. This news has put genetic testing back in the limelight. The BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes were discovered in the 1990s, and since then testing for a mutation in these genes has become increasingly available and cheaper. We all normally have BRCA1 and 2 genes which play a role in protecting us from developing...

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Jolie and Applegate raise awareness of Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

A few years ago, when actress Angelina Jolie decided to undergo prophylactic double mastectomy, it increased awareness of genetic testing for hereditary forms of cancer. Recently, actress Christina Applegate revealed that she too has BRCA1 mutation, and has undergone double mastectomies and removal of her ovaries. This news has put genetic testing back in the limelight. The BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes were discovered in the 1990s, and since then testing for a mutation in these genes has become increasingly available and cheaper. We all normally have BRCA1 and 2 genes which play a role in protecting us from developing...

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Be Aware of Prostate Cancer | Health Contributor, Dr. Prakash

September is prostate cancer awareness month.  Let’s take this opportunity to learn about this silent killer.  It is known as the silent killer because men often do not have symptoms in early stages.  Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer other than skin cancer among men in the United States and is the third leading cause of cancer death among men. Most importantly, if prostate cancer is detected early, patients have a nearly 100 percent chance of survival after five years. Statistics One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. One in...

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Be Aware of Prostate Cancer | Health Contributor, Dr. Prakash

September is prostate cancer awareness month.  Let’s take this opportunity to learn about this silent killer.  It is known as the silent killer because men often do not have symptoms in early stages.  Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer other than skin cancer among men in the United States and is the third leading cause of cancer death among men. Most importantly, if prostate cancer is detected early, patients have a nearly 100 percent chance of survival after five years. Statistics One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. One in...

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Flu Season is just around the corner

Flu season is just around the corner.  Millions of people get the flu every year, leading to hospitalizations and even death.   CDC estimates that flu-related hospitalizations since 2010 ranged from 140,000 to 710,000, while flu-related deaths ranged from 12,000 to 56,000.  A flu shot is the best way to reduce your risk of getting the flu and spreading it to others. Recommendations from the CDC Last week, the CDC shared its Advisory Committee Immunization Practices recommendations regarding the prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines for the 2017-2018 season.  For the 2017-2018 season the committee recommends that flu...

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