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Dr. Cary

Dr. Cary Presant is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. He has been involved in numerous laboratory and clinical investigations, and directed cancer programs at several hospitals including Washington University School of Medicine and the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. Dr. Presant is the author of Surviving American Medicine, and has written over 400 scientific articles on topics like cancer treatment, cancer detection, and chemotherapy. 

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Both my parents had cancer. Am I destined to get it?

You are at higher risk of getting any illnesses which your family has had (you have their genes). And the more of your family who have had one illness, the stronger your tendency to get it. This applies to cancer. But it’s a little tricky to just say, “of course I will get cancer.” READ MORE →



The news always reports that foods cause cancer. How do I know what to believe?

This is a great question, because we all know “You Are What You Eat”. We know many foods and eating patterns that clearly can prevent cancer…READ MORE →

Heart Health


Are the symptoms of a heart attack different for men and women?

Symptoms of heart disease in men and women can be different. Although chest pain is common for both, chest pressure (“like an elephant sitting on my chest”) is the most classic symptom for men.  Women tend to have more subtle symptoms…READ MORE →


I’ve heard that salt actually isn’t that bad for you. Is it true?

What I can tell you is that some salt is acceptable, but what is recommended per day by the American Heart Association, is 2300 mg of sodium per day, which is one teaspoon of table salt. Most of us get 3400 mg per day…READ MORE →





What vitamins and minerals do I need more of as I age? Is there anything I need less of?

We would like to believe that we can get all the nutrition we need in a well-rounded diet. If we eat foods from the multiple different food groups (Mediterranean diet), then we should be able to get all the vitamin and minerals with need. That being said, as we age, our needs for certain vitamins and minerals increase…READ MORE →


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