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What is it about some New Year’s resolutions that makes them stick? A not-so-scientific survey of my colleagues in the break room tells me it’s the ones that are simple but with a big impact. So this month, we’d like to challenge you to take on a Big Impact Resolution  that is simpler than you might think: Reducing Cancer Risk for your children (and yourself). 

Research has clearly identified many conditions and exposures that increase the risk of certain cancers. There are also some things that have been clearly linked with a reduced or eliminated risk of cancer. By combining lifestyle habits and medical treatments that prevent/reduce cancers and by steering clear of habits...

Here we are admiring another January and another opportunity to hit refresh, to reflect, and to make changes if need be. One thing that I bring to this new year is a rock solid belief in being proactive, and through reflection, I realize that it’s time to pass that on to our two daughters, ages 11 and 10. Why wait on a disaster when you can prevent it, right? Shouldn’t everyone be empowered to do so?

As a teacher, I know sometimes we create classrooms with a one-person-in-charge mentality: me. I am the teacher. I tell you when. I tell you how. Students are taught early to be directed by their teachers, leaving little room for independent thinking.   

Children are also taught “Mother knows best,” which shows up when I see...

Good news: Your TWEEN will Like This One!

We’ve been waiting for this official announcement, and it’s here! The CDC has recommended that for 11-14 year olds, the HPV vaccine now only requires 2 injections instead of 3. And instead of getting the second injection two months after the first, the spacing should now be at least 6 months apart, but even a year apart is fine. 

Why the change? The newer vaccines, given at younger ages are producing such effective immunity that a 3rd injection isn’t necessary. This is based off of research studies that showed two doses of the HPV vaccine in younger adolescents (9-14) resulted in a similar or better immune response than three doses in 16-26 year olds.

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Dr. Amy Cooper, Girlologist and Gyn Cancer Specialist, shares an emotional story of diagnosing cervical cancer and taking her son to get vaccinated. It's about cancer and cancer prevention.

 

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She has almost no expression on her face the first time I meet her. She is so reticent that I can’t be certain if she speaks Spanish or English or both. As it turns out, she speaks both and is more comfortable with English. She has been emergently transferred from an outside ER for vaginal bleeding to the point of hemorrhage. She needs to have a pelvic exam and the hospital room beds don’t have stirrups. My office does. The CT scan in the ER revealed a pelvic mass...