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If Estrogen Causes Cancer, Where is the Epidemic?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 24, 2007

What would I do if I were a woman at the age of menopause and read the headline, “Breast cancer drop linked to decline in hormone therapy”? I'd be scared as hell if I were already taking estrogen. And I'd consider flushing it down the toilet. But what should menopausal women do then if they have an whelming desire to kick the cat, or their husband?

"I'm Sorry I Don't Know How Much Radiation Is Given"

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 4, 2007

Last week I reported on a study conducted by Peter Gotzsche (Stop Lying To Women About mammography), a leading Danish researcher. His study claimed there's no convincing evidence that annual mammograms decrease the risk of dying from breast cancer. But can repeated exposure to radiation cause breast cancer?

Stop Lying To Women About mammography

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

January 28, 2007

What's a "sacred cow"? One is a medical belief that's been etched in stone for years. For instance, to question the value of cholesterol lowering drugs is like damning motherhood. Or to challenge the belief that mammography does not save many lives may condemn you to hell. But everyone should be asking probing questions about the sacred cow of mammography.

How To Fight Cancer With Food

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Imagine that every day of the year four fully loaded Boeing 747s crashed, killing everyone. This is the number of people who die every year from cancer. Two Montreal reseachers, Drs Richard Beliveau and Denis Gingras, say in their book "Foods That Fight Cancer" that 30 percent of these deaths are caused by poor dietary habits. But that if you're cancer smart with food you can have a safer flight through life.

Gardasil A Vaccine To Prevent Cervical Cancer

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

April 15, 2006

Some patients you never forget. Years ago, a young talented pianist after years of dedicated study, was scheduled to give her first piano recital in Toronto. But for months beforehand she noticed vaginal discharge and did nothing. Finally, due to abnormal bleeding she consulted me. Pelvic examination revealed an extensive cancer of the cervix. She died a few months later and never gave her recital. Now, a new vaccine, "Gardasil", will prevent needless deaths such as hers.

Non-Smokers With Lung Cancer Get Double Whammy

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

October 5, 2005

An interesting psychological reaction happens to non-smokers who develop lung cancer. It occurs over and over again. When told someone has breast cancer friends often say, "How sad! Is there anything we can do to help?" But when informed a person has lung cancer, the first response is "Was he or she a smoker?" The remark often stigmatizes non-smokers afflicted with this disease.

Obese Men and Women More Likely to Die of Cancer

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

November 23, 2004

What a devastating experience it must have been for Elizabeth Edwards, wife of the former U.S. vice-presidential candidate John Edwards, to be told on the day of his loss, after spending two grueling years campaigning with him, that she had breast cancer. This was more than enough bad news for one day. Unfortunately for both sexes obesity increases the risk of many malignancies.

A Bus Advertisement May Be The Answer

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

November 16, 2004

"Why must I wait so long for a cataract operation?" a reader asks. Another angrily decries that her mother had to die in agony from terminal cancer. This past year I've received an increasing number of letters from readers dealing with such problems. But during a recent trip to Oxford University, England, I noticed a bus advertisement that suggested a way to solve these dilemmas.

Darling, I Decided To Get a Second Opinion

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

November 7, 2004

"How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" That's a tough question to answer. Almost as hard as providing logical answers to questions of the PSA test used to detect prostate cancer. A recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) claims that the accepted normal PSA value of 4.1 misses 15 per cent of prostate malignancies.

Death From The Sun

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 19, 2004

Ask Wayne Gretzky if you want to know about hockey. But ask Australians if you want to know about malignant melanomas, a deadly form of skin cancer. That country has the highest rate of this skin malignancy in the world. And studies show that in North America melanomas are becoming more common every year. We would all be dead without the sun's energy. But being a sun worshiper is one easy way to leave this planet prematurely.

Cran-Max Cranberry To Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 13, 2004

Why didn't doctors listen to their mothers? For years they counseled that cranberry juice was an effective way to treat urinary tract infections (UTI). Yet doctors passed off their advice as just another old-wive's tale. Research now proves them wrong. And there's a new super-charged clinically proven cranberry supplement, "Cran-Max", to help people suffering from the "We-know-where-you're-going" syndrome.

The Night The Cat Died

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

May 31, 2004

How many readers can make this diagnosis? A dentist and his wife became ill after eating at a restaurant and by 2:00 a.m. they were patients in the hospital's emergency department. A doctor diagnosed food poisoning and sent them home on anti-nausea medication. Arriving home, the dentist's wife soon developed a headache and increased nausea. Then she became hysterical when she found the cat had suddenly died. At this point the worried dentist called Dr. Marvin Lipman, now Clinical Professor of Medicine Emeritus at New York Medical College. His speedy diagnosis saved their lives.

Canadian Cancer Society Wrong Again

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 8, 2004

Why would The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) make such an asinine statement? And why wait nearly two years to worry women once again about hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? The logic escapes me, but doesn't surprise me. Years ago, when I fought for the legalization of heroin to fight terminal cancer pain, CCS publicly fought me and continually made illogical statements.

If Breasts Can Be Examined Why Not The Testicles?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

November 17, 2003

For years we've stressed to women the importance of an annual breast examination for the detection of cancer. Yet today little attention is paid to examination of the male testicles. It's time for women to remind their mates that what is good medicine for the goose is also good medicine for the gander. Routine testicular self-examination (TSE) is the answer.

His sex prowess may enter The Guinness Book of Records

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 24, 2003

Every year, thousands of men face a dilemma. Their blood test for prostate cancer (PSA) suspects a malignancy. Subsequent biopsies prove that cancer is indeed present, but today, the wisdom of Solomon is required to know what to do about it. Particularly when the first question they, and their wives, ask is, "Will the treatment result in impotence?"

Potassium Iodide For A Nuclear Disaster?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 3, 2003

What would happen if terrorists attacked a nuclear power plant? Or an accident caused fallout of radioactive iodine? If you were driving in the opposite direction your first reaction would be to step on the gas. But for those trapped in a large city there would be absolute chaos on roadways as people tried to escape. So is it time to provide potassium iodide (KI) to Canadians to protect the thyroid gland from cancer?

The Good And The Bad Of Cancer Screening

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 22, 2003

"Why did my wife die of Breast cancer when she's had a mammogram every year?" Or "I went through hell after the mammogram revealed a possible cancer." Or "During a routine checkup examination the doctor discovered my 73 year old husband had an elevated PSA test. He didn't have any symptoms, but a biopsy revealed cancer of the prostate. A specialist advised a radical prostatectomy. Now he's impotent and in diapers." Every year I receive letters asking these questions. That's why it's vital to know the negatives as well as the positives about cancer screening.

Milk Cuts Ovarian Cancer Risk By 50 Percent

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 9, 2003

How can we change these grim facts? That we can't diagnose early ovarian cancer. And that once this malignancy spreads to other organs, 85 percent of women are dead within five years. Every doctor asks himself this question when confronted with the tragic confirmation of this disease. Now a new study shows that drinking milk cuts the risk of ovarian cancer by 50 percent!

Do Support Groups Extend Life?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 4, 2002

Does the power of positive thinking extend life when patients face serious life-threatening disease? Will joining support groups add months or years to life? Will they provide psychological benefit and ease the pain? Or is holding hands with strangers just a lot of hokus pocus?

Music Can Save Lives

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 27, 2002

Do you listen to western music, jazz or Mozart? It doesn't matter which type because any can save lives. So why isn't music a part of all medical procedures?

Pat Quinn Sends The Wrong Message

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 2, 2002

Why do Pat Quinn, Mike Harris and other celebrities do it? I refer to recent photos, one of Mike Harris, former Premier of Ontario, smoking a stogie on the golf course. Another of a multi-millionaire sports celebrity lighting up after winning a championship. The latest is a front page picture in The Toronto Sun of Pat Quinn, coach of the Maple Leaf hockey team, smoking a stogie during the NHL playoffs. This sends the wrong message to young fans. Celebrities are not lighting up for victory. They're lighting up for death. It's time public relations agents told macho males to stop acting like jackasses.

The Prostate Dilemma In Treating Cancer

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

April 14, 2002

What should I do? I've been diagnosed with cancer of the prostate gland and my doctor has suggested a radical prostatectomy. He claims that a new report shows that surgery is the best way to ensure a cure. Of all the letters I receive this question is always the hardest one to answer.

Ovarian Cancer, Scaring Women Half-To-Death

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 31, 2002

It's been said that, "A little knowledge is an dangerous thing." A report from the Mayo Clinic shows that this is particularly true when the subject is ovarian cancer. And it illustrates how easy it is to both inform women and worry them at the same time.

A Scotch-and-Soda And an Alarming Surgical Dilemma

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

April 5, 2001

"Stick out your tongue", my dentist invariably requests during my regular dental checkup. I know that shortly he'll examine my teeth. But for the moment he's looking for any sign of cancer of either the tongue or the rest of the oral cavity. But what happens if your dentist or doctor detects a malignancy? What I learned over a scotch-and-soda should alarm all of us.

Is there a good side to Terminal Cancer?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Can there possibly be anything positive about dying from terminal cancer? For years I have focussed on the pain and agony suffered by so many patients afflicted with a fatal malignancy. But recently a headline in the Medical Post caught my eye. Dr. Robert Shepherd, a physician and victim of terminal cancer, described in an article some of the advantages of knowing you have just a short time to live.

"TSE" Can Save The Lives of Young Men

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

How many men ever think to examine their testicles to detect an early cancer? I doubt that one in a hundred ever give it a second thought. Well, it's about time males took a lesson from the women's movement. It emphasizes the importance of the early diagnosis of breast cancer. "TSE", testicular self©examination, is an easy, quick way to detect and cure cancer of the testicle in young males.

Charlie and Sassafras, Cancer Specialists!

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Would you like to make thousands of dollars easily? Well, there's a catch. You have to be corrupt, unethical and totally lacking in moral principles. You also have to be willing to lead cancer patients to their death. Not exactly an attractive job description. Regrettably, there are unscrupulous scoundrels willing to do it.

Another Way To Miss Breast Cancer

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Is it possible to miss the diagnosis of breast cancer? If so, how? And why? Some women are so fearful of finding a lump that they neglect monthly examinations of their breasts. Or fail to see their doctor for annual breast examinations. Malignant masses may also escape attention because mammography sometimes fails to detect its presence.

Can The Iron Lady Be Stopped?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Why? Why? Why did the Iron Lady do it? Is Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister, who was recently made a peer, so lacking in funds that she has to accept a reported one million dollars from cigarette giant Phillip Morris to act as a consultant? If her true motive is money, what can be done to get Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven out of the Marlboro saddle?

This Christmas Cancer pain can be relieved by a single injection

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

This Christmas is it possible to eliminate the agony of metastatic bone pain without using morphine or heroin? Simply by giving patients a single injection that cures the pain for up to six months? It sounds like science fiction. But a new drug, Strontium-89 (Metastron) is now being used to treat patients in several countries who suffer from the terrible pain of cancerous bone lesions resulting from prostate and breast malignancy. How does Strontium-89 work and why isn't it being used in this country?

The skin's memory is like an elephant

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

How many sun-worshippers will die of skin cancer in the future? This thought crosses my mind as I look out the window and see the same people day after day basking in the sun. It looks like a healthy pursuit. But looks deceive. The skin is like an elephant. It never forgets the amount of radiation it's received over a lifetime. Current estimates indicate that one adult in 90 will develop a malignant melanoma within his or her lifetime due to overexposure to ultraviolet radiation. So is a suntan really worth the risk?

Eat your carrots and prevent Cancer

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

"Est-il-heureux?" "Is he lucky?" Napoleon Bonaparte asked while debating whether to promote a junior officer. There's little doubt that luck decided the fate of many historic battles including Napoleon's own Waterloo. Chance also continues to play a major role in determining the human battle with cancer. But each year evidence mounts that a prudent diet helps to remove some of the gamble. Now a major finding, that beta-carotene reduces cancer risk, has yet to hit the headlines.

I don't know what to say

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

How many times have you been in this agonizing position? A beloved family member has a terminal illness. Or a good friend is dying of cancer. You enter the hospital room and don't know what to say. The majority of people flounder badly when faced with this situation. But you can avoid falling into some of the pitfalls which cause anguish to both you and the patient.


W. Gifford-Jones M.D is the pen name of Dr. Ken Walker graduate of Harvard. Dr. Walker's website is: Docgiff.com

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Pre-2008 articles by Gifford Jones