Cancer v. the Constitution

The patient in the emergency department smelled of advanced cancer. It is the smell of rotting flesh, but even more pungent. You only ever have to smell it once. She had been bleeding irregularly, but chalked it up to “the change.” Peri-menopausal hormonal mayhem is the most common cause of irregular vaginal bleeding, but unfortunately […]

HPV vaccine does not increase risky sexual behavior (new study)

The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine is mired in controversy, or at least it is in the United States where there is a fearful undercurrent about sex and sexuality. (HPV is the virus that causes genital warts and cervical, vaginal, anal, and many head and neck cancers). When the HPV vaccine became available the religious right […]

Breast cancer and painful sex: causes and treatment options

Many women with breast cancer develop painful intercourse. To develop a second reproductive tract issue while undergoing therapy for breast cancer is just adding insult to injury. There are a couple of common diagnosis that can contribute to painful intercourse (also called dyspareunia) for women with breast cancer, and definitely some treatment options. The first […]

Targeting Big Tobacco to save a few billion in health care costs

The United States spends about $200 billion a year on health costs related to tobacco use, half of the money is spent on direct health-care and the other half on lost productivity. 18% of women of reproductive age smoke and 173,940 women die every year from smoking related cancers. Never mind the effects of smoking […]

Can you be pro-life and pro-tobacco? Presidential hopeful Rick Perry thinks so.

In 2009 Texas lawmakers decided to tax smokeless tobacco by weight rather than volume. This raised the taxes causing sales in Texas to drop by 50% (stats courtesy of those most concerned with plummeting sales, the makers of the Redman Chewing tobacco, apparently the number one brand). Less chewing tobacco is good because it causes […]