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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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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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