| Aug 26, 2010
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have had a PSA of 1.2 for many years. Now a year later my PSA is 2.1. Should I be concerned and check further? I am 67 years old.
ANSWER: Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein made by prostate tissue. Prostate cancer cells make...
| May 27, 2010
Five years ago, when he was diagnosed with cancer, Kevin Brick gratefully accepted a doctor's offer to wait and see what happened to the tiny tumor in his prostate gland.
So far, there is no evidence the cancer is growing or becoming more aggressive....
| May 6, 2010
Men at an above-normal risk of prostate cancer may be able to reduce their risk of developing the disease by taking a drug already on the market.
In research reported recently, the drug dutasteride, currently used to shrink enlarged prostates, was...
| Jul 16, 2010
What is abnormal uterine bleeding?
Abnormal uterine bleeding would be defined as any bleeding that occurs between normal periods. This could be the result of some "hormonal imbalance," or it can be the result of some abnormality in terms of pathology,...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 4:38 AM
We often see the headlines about people around the world setting themselves on fire. But what happens afterward? Nicole Bernal, acting director of the UC Irvine Regional Burn Center, explains....
| Sep 26, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Patients are encountering increasingly long waits for biopsies at Harbor-UCLA, while those seeking biopsies at other hospitals are treated within weeks, if not sooner. The delays do not violate state or federal law, but patients and advocates say they...
| Aug 11, 2010
| 9:34 PM
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week approved a settlement of more than $222,000 with a woman whose breasts were removed at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center even though she did not have breast cancer. Ana Jimenez-Salgado underwent......
| Oct 8, 2010
| 2:33 PM
My journey began in August of 2004. After finding a lump in my chest, I was scheduled for a mammogram. The radiologist suggested I see a surgeon for a biopsy. The next thing I knew, I was diagnosed with stage one ductal carcinoma. Then, I was scheduled...
| Apr 30, 2010
If you'd enjoy applying your analytical, problem-solving skills to diagnosing skin diseases, consider a career as a dermatopathologist.
What They Do
Dermatopathologists are physicians who receive special training to diagnose diseases of the skin—...
| May 1, 2010
Leta Roberts is a former long-time smoker who faced a possible diagnosis of lung cancer. She had undergone a procedure years ago to fix a collapsed lung, and was an unlikely candidate for another invasive operation to remove the potentially malignant mass...
| Jun 1, 2010
Rhonda McCartt was in shock when a mammogram and biopsy revealed precancerous cells in her breast.
In the past, such a diagnosis would have been a signal to wait and worry, with close monitoring to see whether the cells became cancerous. These days, as...