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Arthroscopic shoulder surgery

Arthroscopy is a popular technique for shoulder surgery. It allows a surgeon to look inside the shoulder joint and operate without making a large incision. Arthroscopy is recommended most often to repair torn rotator cuff tendons (which keep the arm bone in the shoulder socket), dislocated shoulders, and torn ligaments, as well as to remove bone spurs and loose cartilage. To find a surgeon, go to specialists in shoulder medicine and sports medicine who have experience doing the surgery on a daily basis. (Locked) More »

You may not need a Pap smear

A number of health organizations have revised screening guidelines for cervical cancer. It’s based on evidence that annual Pap smears do not catch more cancers, but often lead to more invasive diagnostic procedures that can cause complications. Women ages 21 to 65 are now advised to get a Pap smear every three years. Women ages 30 to 65 can prolong screening to every five years if they get a test for human papilloma virus with it. Screening is not recommended for women 65 and older who’ve had normal Pap tests for several years, and not for women at any age who’ve had their cervix removed as part of a hysterectomy. (Locked) More »

Cancer treatments may harm the heart

  Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are increasing the number of people who survive cancer. But they also cause cardiovascular disease in some of the people who get these therapies.   More »

Does colonoscopy save lives?

The wisdom of colonoscopy screening seems obvious. The test enables a physician to examine the lining of the entire colon and to remove small, potentially precancerous growths called polyps during the exam. As a result, it has the potential not only to detect colon cancer early, but also to prevent new cases by removing polyps. It is generally assumed that colonoscopy saves lives because the procedure is good at detecting early disease. A report from the National Polyp Study in the Feb. 23, 2012, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine supports this assumption.  (Locked) More »