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It’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Introduction For colorectal cancer awareness month, we go behind the frequent calls for you to get screened. Let’s review the data and remind you why the disease itself is so
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 18, 2019

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Introduction January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. To that end, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) boldly proclaims “No woman should die of cervical cancer
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 14, 2019

Basic Questions and Answers about Anemia

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser address your basic questions and answers anemia! What is anemia? Anemia is a condition defined by blood containing a lower than normal number
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 2, 2018

Colorectal Cancer Screening via Colonoscopy

Introduction This post is about the screening colonoscopy. Two previous Straight, No Chaser posts have highlighted recommended screening examinations for men and women between ages
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 24, 2019

What is a spinal tap, and why is it done?

Introduction A spinal tap (lumbar puncture) induces a lot of angst. Although the reason for the procedure should, the procedure itself really shouldn’t. What is a spinal tap?
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 30, 2018

Breast Cancer in Men

Introduction I won’t overstate the case, but you should be aware that breast cancer in men does occur. That said it occurs at a much lower rate than it does in women. I know what
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 28, 2018

Breast Cancer Treatment Options

Introduction The next to last post in this series on breast cancer focuses on breast cancer treatment. Of course, there is no universal treatment of every breast cancer diagnosis.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 27, 2018

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Introduction A concerning reality is breast cancer risk factors tell the story of acquiring breast cancer. Even as a physician, I am left to think about the horror of risk factors.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 26, 2018

Even More Breast Cancer Myths!

Introduction We’re continuing from the earlier post with more breast cancer myths, well because you have so many questions!  In fact, I’m doubling up on what you received
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 25, 2018

Five Breast Cancer Myths

Introduction Breast cancer myths: are you afraid of them? Before I get into the details of what you need to know about breast cancer, it’s important to clear the table of som
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 24, 2018

How to Perform the Breast Self-Exam

  Introduction Beginning in their 20s, women should be aware of the benefits and limitations of breast self-exam (BSE) as a screening tool for breast cancer. Women should know
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 23, 2018

What Are The Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

Introduction This is the fourth blog in an ongoing series on HIV and AIDS and focuses on symptoms of HIV and AIDS. To read a discussion of HIV being eliminated from the body, click
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 15, 2018

Do You Know the Definition of AIDS?

Introduction This is the second blog in an ongoing series on HIV and AIDS. Click here for the introductory blog. What is AIDS? After all these years, it’s still an interesting a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 13, 2018

HIV Awareness Month – Can HIV Be Eliminated From the Body?

Introduction It’s HIV Awareness Month. Certainly you’ve noticed there’s a lot less chatter about HIV lately. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 12, 2018

Ovarian Cancer – Frequently Asked Questions

  You are likely aware that the ovaries produce a women’s eggs as well as being the main source of the female’s sex hormones. Ovarian cancer is not the most common gynecologic
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 25, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Five Frequently Asked Questions on Lupus

  What is lupus? What causes it? In general terms, lupus is a disease in which your immune system malfunctions and attacks your healthy tissue. This is known as an autoimmune dis
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 30, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Sickle Cell Disease/Anemia

I don’t type this post with any amount of joy. Can you imagine an existence in which your blood cells are deformed to the extent to which they resemble pointy knives poking at
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 25, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Cancer Prevention Workbook

We continue with simple principles to avoid various forms of cancer, but in today’s Straight, No Chaser, we add some detail about the what’s and whys of the conversation. T
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 16, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Cancer Prevention Checklist

I’m going to present this information two separate ways: today a checklist, as simple as possible; and tomorrow with the same information explained briefly but with detail. You l
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 15, 2018

Cervical Cancer – The Sexually Transmitted Cancer

Introduction This post is about cervical cancer, its causes and a great opportunity for prevention. Let’s put this take home message up front: here’s a pretty good demo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 21, 2018
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