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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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Healthy Lungs for Life: Know Your Lung Cancer Risk Factors

November 1, 2018

The American Cancer Society's estimates 234,030 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018. In fact, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women. Sadly, lung cancer claims the lives of more people than colon, breast, and prostate cancer combined. These statistics are staggering. However, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of lung cancer. What the Numbers Tell Us To better understand your risk factors, here are the numbers you should be aware of: Lung cancer mainly occurs in people over 65 years old The average age of lung cancer diagnosis is 70...Continue Reading

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Keep Your Skin Safe From These 3 Cancers

June 19, 2018

As we approach summer, the height of everyday sun exposure, it's important to stay vigilant about our skin. Approximately 3.3 million people in America have skin cancer. The number of diagnosed cases continually increased, most likely due to better cancer detection technology. Left untreated though, skin cancer can be fatal. Skin cancers, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma, often start as changes to your skin. Noticing the change early can be life-saving! Let's take a closer look at what you can do to stay safe. How Does a Cancer Cause Harm? Cancer occurs...Continue Reading

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Cancer Screenings That Could Save Your Life

January 11, 2018

Cancer is the second leading cause of death. Cancer kills more than half a million Americans every year equating to one of every four deaths in the United States. A way to drastically reduce this number is to detect cancer as early as possible. The most efficient way to do this is through a cancer screening. Catching cancer at an early stage will increase the chances of a successful recovery. Listed below are the top four screenings that you should consider. Skin Cancers-Skin Biopsy This screening is meant to diagnose skin cancers, the most common type of cancers. During a skin biopsy, a...Continue Reading

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HPV in Men: A Growing Health Concern

December 5, 2017

In recent years, the human papillomavirus or HPV, has become a hot topic. Vaccines to protect against the virus have gained media attention and are a topic of debate for many parents since vaccines are recommended around 11 or 12 years of age. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that almost 80 million people are currently infected with HPV in the United States. In 2017 alone, 14 million people, including teenagers, are expected to be diagnosed with HPV. Most of the recent HPV media coverage has focused on women since HPV can cause several types of gynecological cancers like...Continue Reading

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6 Surprising Reasons Why Women Don’t Get Mammograms

October 17, 2017

In 2013, 39,000 women died from breast cancer in the United States. Nearly one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during their lives. Considering these numbers, it may be surprising that only 67 percent of women older than 40 reports having a mammogram within the last two years. Since mammograms are capable of detecting signs of breast cancer before symptoms occur, it's vital that women are screened regularly to reduce the risks of this life-threatening disease. So, what's your excuse for not getting one? Here are some of the most popular reasons women avoid...Continue Reading

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3 Cancers Every Woman Must Know About

September 30, 2017

Each year approximately 89,000 women are told they have gynecological cancer. Gynecological cancer affects a woman's reproductive organs, and all women are at some risk of developing gynecological cancer. While there's an understandable fear surrounding gynecological cancer, there are things every woman can do to empower herself. Education, prevention, and testing are at the core of maintaining good health and achieving early detection. While there are many types of gynecological cancers, the following three types are among the most common. Ovarian Cancer Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of...Continue Reading

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Prostate Cancer: What Every Man Needs to Know to Stay Healthy

September 15, 2017

Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in men – skin cancer being the first. One in seven men will develop prostate cancer with an average age of diagnosis of sixty-six years old. Luckily, survival rates of prostate cancer are relatively good, especially if it’s caught early. Cancer is always a serious diagnosis. However, there are several steps men can take to stay healthy and reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer. When it comes to your health – knowledge is power. Prostate Cancer 101 The prostate is a gland that sits below the bladder and in front of the rectum...Continue Reading

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Are you Shortening Your Life with these 5 Unhealthy Habits?

August 29, 2017

Very few people look forward to getting older, but most people would agree that it's better than dying before your time. While most people would love to stop the aging process somewhere around age 25, this fantasy probably won't happen very soon. However, it is possible to increase your odds of living a longer and healthier life by practicing healthy habits. Unhealthy habits are one of the leading reasons why people die earlier. In 2010, the life expectancy for individuals living in the United States was 78 years. Just two short years later, this figure is rapidly declining for certain age...Continue Reading

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Can Your Diet Prevent Cancer?

November 18, 2016

Mary Beth Landes MS RD CSO Information provided by Mary Beth Landes, MS, RD, CSO—Oncology Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Navigator in the Augusta Health Cancer Center. To contact Mary Beth, please call (540) 332-5522 or email mlandes [at] augustahealth.com . There is a plethora of information about food available these days. There are questions not only about which foods are "healthy" or "not so healthy" to consume, but also about how food is grown and prepared. This information may help you to reduce cancer risk reduction and to eat proactively to improve overall health. With fall upon...Continue Reading

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