Red Hair, Blue Eyes, Fair Skin: Getting a Tan Impossible, Skin Cancer More Likely

July 25, 2016 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

We have long known that sun exposure is especially dangerous for women like me, who have the genetic trifecta of red hair, blue eyes and fair skin from an Irish/Scottish genetic background. Redheads also make up 16 percent of the world’s melanoma patients. In fact, Redheads have a 102 percent higher risk of skin cancer than brunettes.

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Melissa Papock Upgrades Sun Protective Clothing with Style

July 1, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


It was a diagnosis of malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, at age 26, that led Melissa Papock to rethink how she could protect her skin with the clothing she wore. So began Cabana Life — a line that combines fashion with function by offering stylish clothing with 50+ UV protection.

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Theater Review: Eve Ensler’s ‘In the Body of the World’ — When the V-Word Meets the C-Word

June 27, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

While she was working tirelessly to open a sanctuary for Congolese rape victims, Eve Ensler was diagnosed with stage 3-4 uterine cancer. Thus began a journey that included self-recrimination (Did she ignore warning signs? Did she somehow poison her body through choices she made or didn’t make?), navigation through our country’s medical machine, making peace with her own family and history, and eventually finding a new way to connect to her body and to the world.

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Cornell’s First Female President Succumbs to Colon Cancer

March 14, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


Elizabeth Garrett, who was described as a vibrant and passionate leader, lost her battle with cancer at a time when she had achieved a high point of her career and in the month when the nation is focusing on awareness of colorectal cancer.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Management of Hot Flashes and Night Sweats: Ask Dr. Pat

February 22, 2016 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

There’s good news: New studies indicate that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may provide drug-free management of the distressing hot flashes and night sweats that often occur after breast cancer treatment and during the menopausal transition.

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Breast Health: Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Both Save Lives

February 1, 2016 by Dr. Elisa Rush Port

Prevention and early detection are important weapons in the fight against breast cancer. In October 2015, Dr. Elisa Rush Port wrote about the importance of mammograms. Today, she addresses the challenges of prevention.

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Dr. Pat Consults: When is Laser Treatment the Best Option for Skin Cancer?

September 15, 2014 by Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.

Skin Lesion

By Anetta Reszko, M.D.

Because laser light penetrates to only a certain depth within the skin, laser surgery kills only tumor cells on the surface of the skin. As a result, the laser treatment should be considered for biopsy proven superficial low-risk tumors when other techniques were unsuccessful or are poor surgical candidates.

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Ask Dr. Pat: Is Endometrial Cancer Common?

July 21, 2014 by Patricia Allen

Medical Mondays 2

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Endometrial cancer is the most common invasive gynecologic cancer in U.S. women, with an estimated 52,630 new cases expected to occur in 2014 and an estimated 8,590 women expected to die of the disease.

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Advances in Breast Cancer Treatment, 2013

October 28, 2013 by Alexander J. Swistel, M.D., FACS


Alexander J. Swistel, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, gives us some positive news about breast-cancer treatment.

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Breast Cancer: A Roundup of Counsel from WVFC’s Experts

October 28, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

Breast Cancer Ribbon

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Accordingly, we have gathered together our most recent posts on breast cancer. Members of WVFC’s Medical Advisory board—physicians who are specialists in their fields—write all of these articles. They highlight the latest research on the full range of patient concerns.

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Breast-Reconstruction Surgery: ‘I’m Happy with My Choice’

July 11, 2013 by Judith A. Ross


By Judith A. Ross

Since my surgery, I’ve had several telephone conversations with women in my situation. Doctors can outline the breast-reconstruction process, but they often leave out details that take patients by surprise. By sharing my own knowledge and feelings with these women, I help alleviate their anxiety.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Double Mastectomy and the Shame Factor

May 30, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Double Mastectomy

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Most women feel as you do when faced with the loss of a body part that is tied so inextricably to your sense of yourself as a woman,” Dr. Ford writes to Katie, who carries the BRCA1 gene. “Your mother clearly never recovered her sense of herself as a beautiful, sexual woman after her surgery.”

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Dr. Pat Consults: “I Tried That Dreadful Bowel Prep, but It Didn’t Work!”

March 25, 2013 by Patricia Allen


If you ask patients who have been through a colonoscopy, the vast majority will tell you that the preparation is the worst part of the experience. The procedure itself should be a comfortable and, believe it or not, pleasant experience, with the benefit of the excellent sedation medications available to us.

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Dr. Pat Consults: “Given My Family History, I Expect Cancer to Strike Every Day”

February 11, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Mondays 2

Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen likes to work as a collaborative physician. This week, she calls on the expertise of a gynecologic oncologist to address the anxieties of a 49-year-old woman with “a terrible family history of cancer.”

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Dr. Pat Consults: Pap Smears—Only Once Every Three Years?

January 7, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Mondays 2

“Recently my gynecologist told me that I needed a Pap smear every three years, based on new recommendations. This makes me very anxious. What do you think of these new recommendations for a woman like me?”

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