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Frequently asked questions related to pulmonary embolism (blood clots)

Pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when a blood clot is formed (usually in a vein in a leg) and travels to the lung causing a blockage in the lung artery. It is often a complication of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is when a blood clot or clots form in the deep veins of the body (often the legs). The clot(s) travel in the bloodstream to other parts of the body-causing blockage.

Risks and Detection of Skin Cancer - Melanoma

With the hot sunny days of summer, most of us spend a great deal of time outdoors - unprotected. For many years now we have heard about protecting ourselves from harmful ultraviolet rays by using sunscreen, yet too few of us do.

Mammograms: False Positives vs. Diagnosing Breast Cancer

Recently there has been a good deal of publicity about whether or not middle aged women are getting too many false positives following routine mammograms. Most people probably know that a "false positive" is medical jargon for a false alarm or erroneous suggestion that there is something wrong medically, when in fact there is not. Because of this, a good many women who really had nothing wrong with their breasts wound up having biopsies, etc. because of the mammography report.

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