Should You Get a Multi-Cancer Early Detection Test?

Steven Kornweiss, MD cancer, cancer screening, diagnosis, preventive medicine Leave a Comment

There are several different companies now offering Multi-Cancer Early detection tests. The test I am writing about today is the Galleri test by GRAIL. This test works by looking for methylation patterns on cell-free DNA in blood samples. The test generates one of two possible results: “Cancer Signal Detected,” or “Cancer Signal Not Detected.”

How Can We Balance Living a Good Life versus Living a Long One?

Steven Kornweiss, MD longevity, values Leave a Comment

“But I am greedy for life. I do too much of everything all the time. Suddenly one day my heart will fail. The Iron Crab will get me as it got my father. But I am not afraid of The Crab. At least I shall have died from an honourable disease. Perhaps they will put on my tombstone ‘This Man Died from Living Too Much’.”

— Fleming, Ian. From Russia with Love (James Bond Book 5)

Write Your Own Last Act

Steven Kornweiss, MD death, preventive medicine Leave a Comment

I’d like to approach my end with tranquility and dignity, to exert my will up until my last breath, to leave a legacy of strength and pride rather than fear and self-pity.

I am doubtful that if I were faced with my own mortality at this moment that I would live up to such grand expectations, which is why I wanted to highlight two inspiring stories that were in the news this week.