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Hillary Clinton Overcomes a Medical Challenge

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Unknown to many Americans, Hillary Clinton has shown courage in overcoming the challenge of recurrent blood clots. Her story reminds us of the health threat that excess blood clotting poses.

My Academy Award Nominations for Best Health-Themed Movie of 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Although there is no Oscar for the best health-themed movie, each year I nominate films for the year that have the best health themes. I select the w...

Start Wars: These Are the Resolutions You've Been Looking For!

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 12.23.2015 | Impact
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Let your 2016 be a good one. And may the force (self control, of course) be with you!

Start Wars: These Are the Resolutions You Are Looking For!

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

So here are my tips for making your resolutions this year.

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma; a Bipartisan Affliction

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

We have all heard the word lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system. In this time of national political debate, it is worth noting that this serious can...

Breast Cancer: To Screen or Not to Screen, That Is the Question

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Or perhaps rather than paraphrasing Shakespeare, we should ask, "When Should We Screen?" As evidenced by my patients' questions in my clinical office,...

Cancer Prevention Tips From the Women's Health Summit

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Don't procrastinate! Don't get cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Get a doctor and get prevention and screening!

Breast Cancer Awareness: Learning From Jackie Collins' Death

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. What better time to honor the courage of Jackie Collins' fight against breast cancer than to look at some of...

Presidential Cancer: Tips About President Jimmy Carter's Melanoma

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 09.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Melanoma is increasing in frequency. This is probably due to increasing sun exposure without using sunscreen, as well as use of tanning lamps, beds an...

Compassion and Empathy at the End of Life: Advanced Care Planning Takes a Giant Step Forward

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

On July 8, 2015, Medicare took a significant step towards helping people make the right decisions for their care by proposing to pay in 2016 for physicians who spend at least 30 minutes discussing and documenting patient preferences and values at the end of life that may be used to guide decisions for Advanced Directives.

What Grade Does the Supreme Court Earn on Its Affordable Care Act Decision?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court again upheld the ACA against a challenge, this time to federal subsidies. Was this a good or bad decision? What grade should we give the court, and for that matter congress as well?

'Female Viagra' -- Libido Liberation or Gender Hype?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Is this new drug flianserin really the "female Viagra," or is it just a drug that empowers women to talk about gender discrimination?

Why You Should Watch the Film Cancer: the Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Our understanding of cancer and how to successfully treat it and the symptoms it produces is evolving and improving; and our ability to cope with cancer is also evolving with more confidence and hope in the future.

What Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and Lesley Gore ('It's My Party') Have in Common

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Above all, avoid cigarettes, and you will live longer, prosper better, and also have more parties. Leonard Nimoy and Lesley Gore, we will miss you both.

Angelina Jolie: Double Credit as a Role Model After Double Operations

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 05.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

With the recognition that 5 to 10 percent of cancers are due to inherited mutations, it is especially important that people work with their physicians...

Lung Cancer in Women: The No. 1 Cancer Killer That Can Be Tamed

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Although breast cancer diagnosis is twice as common in women (1 in 8 women will get breast cancer) compared to lung cancer (1 in 16 women), the cure rate for lung cancer is much lower, resulting in more deaths from lung cancer.

January Cervical Cancer Month: Progress Is Promising

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Since vaccination with FDA-approved HPV vaccines can reduce HPV infections and reduce the likelihood of ever getting cervical cancer, it is important to know if people and their physicians are using the vaccines.

Healthy Makes Happy: 5 New Year's Resolutions for a Healthier Life and a Happy 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

As the calendar turns to New Year 2015, what resolutions should you make to get healthier and happier in the next 12 months? Here is what I recommend to my patients, family and friends.

Smokeout Time: Your Opportunity to Stop Smoking and Save Lives

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Live longer, live healthier, make the lives of those around you healthier (by avoiding your second-hand smoke), and make the Great American Smokeout your personal first anniversary for your smoke-free life.

No Shave November: Crowdfunding Cancer Research With Body Hair

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Each of us avoids shaving for 1 to 30 days this month and makes a contribution equal to (or lots higher than) we would have spent on haircuts during that time. And we can also encourage friends who comment on our extra hair that they too should make a contribution.

5 Lessons to Be Learned From Michael Douglas' Cancer Experience

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Michael has shown us how to make the proper decisions to overcome stage IV cancer and regain a high quality life. Use these five tips to give yourself the best chance to survive.

Jane Seymour: A Daughter's Dilemma and Her Compassionate Solution

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

In June 2014, I had the joy of filming a cancer segment with Jane Seymour for her series "Feel Grand" supported by Grandparents.com for Detroit Public...

Do You Have the Courage to Save Your Life? Angelina Jolie Shows How You Can

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Life events are often hard to predict. But sometimes you can get a good picture of what is in store for you! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month...

Ebola and Life-Threatening Diseases: Should You Take Untested Medicines?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

If a condition, even Ebola, threatens your life, be courageous, be informed, and be prepared to make a decision that could help you survive.

Happy 80th Birthday Pearle! Congratulations on 31 Years of Being a Breast Cancer Survivor!

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I can think of no better time than to give congratulations to my patient Pearle Mintz. With the intent...