The Forward Look section of the Fall issue of Cancer Today–which I assign and edit–contains a number of articles that speak to important trends in cancer care.
First up: Can a healthy diet reduce cancer risk? That’s the question I posed to Walter Willett, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, who is the “go-to” for many reporters who are writing about diet and disease risk in the Fall Q&A: Eating Well.
If news stories about increasing rates of thyroid cancer have you worried, this article explains why “experts are divided about whether this statistic reflects a true rise in thyroid cancer incidence or is merely a consequence of increased detection resulting from better diagnostic tools.”
Studies show more women are choosing to have a double mastectomy following a cancer diagnosis. This choice appears to be motivated more by fear and and anxiety, as there is no evidence removing the opposite breasts increases breast cancer survival. Read why in Double Mastectomies on the Rise.
Lastly, if you’ve heard of sepsis but aren’t sure what it is or why it’s a problem, you’ll want to read “A Deadly Inflammation.”