A New Medical App May Help Detect Early Skin Cancer

There’s no doubt about it, mobile cell phone apps have completely changed the way we live. For some, these apps help grow productivity, for others perhaps the reverse is true (think about the Angry Birds phenomenon for example). Recently however the emergence of the  medical field in the app arena has proven just how useful these bits of technology can be.


For most, screening for skin cancer requires a trip to the doctor and an extensive exam but with the help of the new iPhone MelApp,  it seems you could detect the early warning signs from your own home. (more…)

Reduce Your Cancer Risk with These Simple Lifestyle Changes

Cancer has become one of the scariest words in the English language. It seems that no one that we love is immune from this frightening disease and its effects are just as random as they are cruel. The good news is that experts believe that 70% of the causes of cancer are lifestyle related and with that knowledge comes the ability to avoid them. We all know that smoking is a no no and that diet and exercise are important but there are some other factors to look out for that may surprise you. (more…)

What is a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)?

If you are not familiar with this test, here are some of the basics.


A doctor may perform a FOBT to test for a variety of intestinal conditions marked by blood in the stool. While perhaps the most well known condition which causes blood to be seen in a stool sample is colorectal cancer, it is far from the only reason this may occur. When blood is present in stool, it most frequently reveals that there is blood loss in the gastrointestinal tract. A doctor takes a small sample of stool and tests it by placing it on a chemically treated material, typically a card or a cloth, and if the material turns blue then blood is present.


Top Health Risks for Men

It’s hard to avoid all of life’s dangers and risks, but if you know what you are up against you may have a better chance. Men are known to have a shorter life expectancy than their female peers and, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the leading causes of death in men as of 2006, which is the latest year to be published.