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Empower Yourself with these Facts about Cervical Cancer

January 21, 2020

January is recognized as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Across the country, organizations like the National Cervical Cancer Coalition ( NCCC ) and the American Sexual Health Association ( ASHA ) seek to raise awareness regarding the causes, risks, and preventable measures surrounding cervical cancer. Here’s a quick rundown of important facts to know about cervical cancer, and the virus most often at its source: HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer The American Cancer Society, estimated 13,750 women would be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2019 . The majority of these cases will be...Continue Reading

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What to Know Before your Cervical Cancer Screening

January 9, 2020

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month, and there’s a reason it’s so early in the calendar. Unlike many other cancers, cervical cancers are difficult to detect. Whereas some cancers begin to produce symptoms in the earliest stages, cervical cancer earned its reputation as a “silent killer” by holding back on exhibiting symptoms until later on in its incubation. Fortunately, the ability to screen for cervical cancer does allow women an opportunity to detect the disease far earlier than they would be able to in waiting for symptoms to rise to the surface. Here, we hope to illuminate some of...Continue Reading

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Busting the Top 4 Mammogram Myths

January 7, 2020

If you're like most women, you may have some fear about getting a mammogram. However, this annual screening is nothing to fear and could ultimately save your life. Many myths surround the mammogram process, but we're here to set the record straight. Remember, knowledge is power when it comes to staying in good health. Myth #1 I don't have any symptoms of breast cancer or a family history, so I don't need to worry about having an annual mammogram. Fact: The American College of Radiation recommends annual screening mammograms for all women over the age of 40, regardless of symptoms or family...Continue Reading

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Powerful Health Screenings That Could Save Your Life

December 10, 2019

We likely have all heard the familiar old proverb, "A stitch in time saves nine." Although usually, it refers to fixing a problem like a frayed sleeve or a leaky sink, it makes a lot of sense for your health too! To rephrase the proverb: "a screen in time saves lives." Detecting potentially life-threatening conditions before they can advance (and sometimes, before there are even any noticeable symptoms) gives doctors a chance to prevent damage and possibly even eliminate the disease entirely. Health screenings are a powerful tool that can save the lives of at-risk patients. What to Watch For...Continue Reading

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How Mammograms Save Lives

November 19, 2019

If not for the curious minds of a physicist, a surgeon, and a radiologist, countless patients may not have had access to a life saving screening tool for breast cancer. In fact, the history of the mammogram spans over a century from the discovery of x-rays to advanced 3D mammography. For the 1 in 8 women in the United States that are estimated to develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, early detection with the assistance of a mammogram can greatly improve their chances of survival. Let's take a closer look at this fascinating medical advancement. The History of the Mammogram You...Continue Reading

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A Simple Blood Test for Prostate Cancer

October 10, 2019

One of the most common health concerns affecting men is the possibility of facing prostate cancer. Second only to skin cancer in prevalence, prostate cancer will affect 1 in 9 men during their lifetime. Every year that equates to approximately 164,000 new cases and nearly 30,000 deaths. While prostate cancer is a serious condition requiring treatment for most men, prostate cancer is non-lethal. In fact, there have been many advancements in the diagnosis and treatments of prostate cancer that have led to better outcomes for patients. Among the diagnostic tools that have been developed, the...Continue Reading

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When Breast Cancer is in the Family

October 9, 2019

As many people know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is a terrific opportunity to discuss screening for a familial breast cancer syndrome. Traditionally, 5-10% of all cancers are hereditary, which means the vast majority of cancer patients have no family history of cancer at all. However, if cancer does run in one's family, being tested for certain genetic mutations can lead to increased cancer surveillance, risk-reducing surgeries, behavior modifications, and can alert other family members to risk. The mutations BRCA1 and BRCA2 are autosomal dominant germline mutations,...Continue Reading

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Understanding Myeloma

October 3, 2019

Nearly 31,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with myeloma each year. However, most of us may be unfamiliar with this type of cancer. Although somewhat rare, it's important to understand what myeloma is, especially for people at increased risk. Learn what symptoms you should be aware of, who is at higher risk, and what treatment options are available. Myeloma is cancer that affects the plasma cells in bone marrow, a soft fatty material inside our bones. Bone marrow is an essential part of the immune system which helps ward off infection and disease. Bone marrow also produces stem...Continue Reading

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That Beautiful Tan May Cost You Your Life

June 18, 2019

Ah, the warmth of the sun on your face. The glow of a tan from summers spent at the beach or on the water. The simple pleasure of soaking up some rays. Many of us love spending time outdoors in the sunshine. While some exposure to sunlight is important for our health and feelings of wellbeing, too much sun causes skin damage, premature aging, and can lead to a variety of skin cancers. Skin cancer is by far the most common cancer. Skin cancers range from easily treated or removed small red, dry patches, to more serious melanoma, which can travel throughout the body and be fatal. Repeated...Continue Reading

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The Facts and Fiction of Pancreatic Cancer

November 13, 2018

We think of celebrities in their iconic roles as film stars, business leaders, government officials, and musicians. When faced with a medical diagnosis, they also help bring needed awareness to misunderstood diseases. Celebrities like Steve Jobs, Patrick Swayze, and Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg have helped shine a spotlight on pancreatic cancer. They are also among the ranks of the nearly 54,000 people that receive a pancreatic cancer diagnosis each year. While progress is being made to educate the public about pancreatic cancer, it remains one of the most feared forms of cancer...Continue Reading

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