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Pamela Tom
Pamela Tom is a multimedia journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She reported for KGO-ABC7News, KPIX-CBS5, and Tech TV.

As founder of HPVANDME.ORG, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Pamela is raising awareness about HPV infection and the rising number of of HPV-positive throat cancer cases.

Entries by Pamela Tom

Why You Should Pay Attention to Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week -- April 10-16

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 5:04 PM

Some may think another cancer awareness week is like Hallmark's Friendship Day -- nice, but not necessary.

National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week will take place April 10-16, 2016, and it's more important than ever because there actually is a big lack of awareness.

Did you...

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"Fresh Off the Boat": Smart or A Soy Sorry Joke?

(9) Comments | Posted January 31, 2015 | 11:52 PM

At the end of the day I often unwind by climbing in bed to watch a missed TV show on my iPad. Recently I was dozing off when I came across the trailer for a new ABC show set to debut on February 10, 2015. And it woke me up....

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Nine Steps Closer to Safe Science

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 7:51 PM

Most of us will never handle a potentially lethal chemical. But across the U.S. scientists experiment with sensitive and dangerous chemicals every day while conducting important research. Sometimes those experiments turn deadly.

A new study released July 31 by the National Research Council may help prevent future accidents...

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All Right, All Right, All Right!

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 11:20 AM

Those are the three words that actor Matthew McConaughey is famous for after first uttering them in his 1993 movie debut, Dazed and Confused.

Well, all right... let's talk about something that's not "all right."

Matthew McConaughey continues to be the favorite to take home the golden statue for...

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Thank You, Michael Douglas

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Last year, I cringed when Michael Douglas said his cancer was caused by "the same virus that causes cervical cancer" in a public service announcement for the Oral Cancer Foundation. I asked out loud, "Why can't he say HPV?" That was the big disconnect.

Now the connection has been made...

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A Movement to Fight HPV Throat Cancer

(23) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 5:50 PM

A movement starts with one voice. In this case, it's mine -- but everyone's concern.

Doctors say HPV-associated throat cancer is becoming a pandemic among non-smoking, middle-aged men.

A 2011 study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology says by 2020, the number of cases...

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Jeremy Lin Takes Potential to New Heights

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 4:23 PM

It's our morning ritual. When we bring in the morning newspapers, I put the Wall Street Journal in my briefcase, sort through the San Francisco Chronicle and leave the "Sporting Green" section on the breakfast table for my husband. Until now.

The miraculous appearance of point guard

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Bagging Black Friday and Burning the Midnight Oil

(20) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 11:31 AM

Before you can even digest that last slice of pumpkin pie after Thursday's Thanksgiving feast, some of the nation's biggest retailers will be opening their doors for "Black Friday" holiday sales when the clock strikes midnight on November 25.

Macy's and Target were the first to announce "Black Midnight."...

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Ed Lee: How to Be a (Nearly) Perfect Politician Without Really Trying

(8) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 2:27 PM

How many of you know who Ed Lee is? Google spits out Ed Lee the artist, Ed Lee the novelist, and Ed Lee, a UC Berkeley professor.

The Ed Lee I'm talking about is the mayor of San Francisco -- and he is worth every word. In many people's...

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Go Gray and Go for Broke

(10) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 12:26 PM

The graying of America now appears in full color. Bye-bye dirty brown roots. Hello to a head-full of glorious gray and all its variations ... from salt-and-pepper to silvery white.

Embracing gray has become the new "look at me" statement. We saw actress Jamie Lee Curtis go gray a...

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Finding Glory in Life in the Obit Page

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 11:08 AM

Obituaries never used to interest me. They seemed remote, depressing, nothing to do with my life. As one ages, however, those last words about an individual's life, carefully crafted by a loved one, represent a legacy of greatness, good, and ultimately, proof that they existed.

When my father passed away...

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Soccer Moms Score as Prop 19's Swing Vote

(39) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 10:56 AM

My mind's been consumed by pot lately.

No, I'm not smoking it, but the conversation around Proposition 19, the initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults, is being debated about, sung about, and questioned enough to ignite and split California voters down the middle.


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Keeping Score in California's Governor's Race

(6) Comments | Posted October 10, 2010 | 8:10 PM

Forget Secretariat, the race to watch is between Meg and Jerry - and who's willing to bet on the winner?

Willie Brown hit it on the nail when he said in his weekly column, "Meg Whitman's biggest problem with her handling of the 'nanny issue' isn't with the...

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J. Crew and Me: A Hopeful Plan to Invigorate the Economy

(4) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 4:09 PM

Three years ago, I discovered J. Crew. You know, the somewhat preppy clothing store that exudes a sense of fashionable elegance all the same? I was looking for a place that offered my style: classic with a fresh flare. I had outgrown the predictable offerings of Banana Republic and the...

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An Empty Nest in an Age of Empty Bank Accounts

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 11:00 AM

Between now and the next few weeks, thousands of college freshmen will move into campus dorms to begin what's billed as perhaps "the best time of their lives." Thanks, Mom and Dad. With all the talk of parents struggling to pay for college costs amidst an economy fraught with unemployment...

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Jerry Brown Joins the Race and Hopefully -- the Conversation

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 12:55 PM

By the time this blog is published, California Attorney General Jerry Brown is expected to have joined the gubernatorial race, officially. Up to now, news reports have focused on Meg Whitman's quest to lead the state and her impressive lead over GOP competitor Steve Poizner. The next few months, leading...

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Let's All Move: A Better Way to Reduce Child Obesity

(4) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 1:26 PM

The battle against child obesity will not be won solely by improving school lunch menus or teaching parents how to select healthier foods. We need to simply get off our butts. All of us. Americans, and especially parents, must make a concrete, consistent change from living passive, sluggish lifestyles to...

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Parenthood: A 'Precious' Privilege

(7) Comments | Posted January 14, 2010 | 11:59 AM

Barbara Bush looks like she's always been a mother: softly coiffed hair, calm demeanor, always graced with her signature classic pearls. So when I saw the former first lady as a 'My Turn' contributor in Newsweek (December 14, 2009), I was curious about what she had to say.


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2009's Top News Stories

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 2:34 PM

If you're anything like me - living in this mad, mad world of information overload - it may be difficult to look back at 2009 and remember the big news stories that defined this year. There are the stories that were shocking; others were tragic; yet there are also the...

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Holiday Cards: Having Faith in Tradition

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 10:46 AM

It was a simple choice: write Christmas cards or write a blog. Guess which one won out tonight? Like many of you, I've faithfully sent holiday cards for years. This year I thought I might resort to the impersonal, Scrooge-inspired e-card but somehow, an electronic greeting seemed as though I'd...

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