HPV (Human Papillomavirus) refers to a large family of viruses that affect both men and women. It is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection in the US and is transmitted by simple contact. Different strains of HPV can cause small warts or growths on the skin, plantar warts on the foot, warts in the genital […]

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Get educated and empowered to protect your health and that of the ones you love.  Before the 1950s, cervical cancer was common and deadly. The introduction of Pap smear screening programs in the 1950s has resulted in a significant drop in cervical cancer incidence. Despite the groundbreaking test, about […]

Join us for the free lecture “Integrative Oncology: An Evolving Discipline” on November 13, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Davis Auditorium at the UVM College of Medicine. This lecture is part of The Laura Mann Integrative Healthcare Lecture Series and Medicine Grand Rounds. Presented by David Rosenthal, MD an Integrative oncology consultant, Leonard […]

You may have heard of Movember, when men grow mustaches during November to raise money for cancer research. But what about Brovember? It’s The University of Vermont Cancer Center’s spin on the popular fundraising campaign. Brovember: Where it all began In 2013, Bruce Leavitt, MD, commandeered some peers from the UVM Cancer Center – Mark […]

I tell women to get their mammograms all the time – it’s part of who I am. As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, friend to breast cancer survivors, and as a fundraiser for breast cancer programs, I know the importance of the annual mammogram. Yet, as my fortieth birthday approached, I wanted to […]

The Breast Cancer Screening Debate Screening mammography has been the subject of recent intense debate, largely fueled by conflicting national guidelines and varying interpretations of the studies examining the effectiveness of breast cancer screening. Controversy arises over when to start screening mammography, how often to have a mammogram, and at what age woman should stop […]

What is breast density? Breast density is a unique attribute of the breast that one can only be determined with an X-ray (mammogram). It is the degree to which the breast tissue prevents X-rays from passing through and therefore appears white on a mammogram. Everyone’s breast is a mixture of glandular, fibrous, and fatty tissue. […]