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What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About a Colonoscopy

March 19, 2018

Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. If colon cancer is detected early, it has a high cure rate. A colonoscopy can identify and remove polyps before they turn into cancer. Not sure if a colonoscopy is right for you? No problem. We've answered the most common questions about colonoscopies. How Long Does a Colonoscopy Last? In most cases, the procedure lasts about thirty minutes. It typically takes about twelve minutes to insert the scope and another twelve minutes to remove it. If there are polyps present that need to be removed the procedure may take a bit longer. The...Continue Reading

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Everything You Want to Know About Colonoscopies But Are Afraid to Ask

March 8, 2018

Colon and rectal cancer are the 2 nd leading causes of cancer death in the United States. A colonoscopy is the "Gold Standard" screening test that saves lives through early detection and removal of masses. The American Cancer Society reports that having a colonoscopy decreases your risk of developing colon cancer by a whopping 80 percent. Yet, many people avoid having this potentially lifesaving screening because of embarrassment, fear, or misunderstanding. We've compiled a list of the most common questions about colonoscopies. Put your fears and embarrassment aside. Here's everything you...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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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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5 Health Screenings Every Woman Should Get

May 15, 2017

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and health screenings are one of the most important components of preventative health care. Controversial, conflicting, and changing health guidelines can make it tough to determine whether you're getting the care that you need. No one wants to rush around for unnecessary tests. So, what medical screenings do you need? We've taken the guesswork out of it for you. Here are the major screenings you need and how often you need them. Cervical Cancer Screening Women ages 21 to 65 should have regular screenings for cervical cancer. A pap smear is...Continue Reading

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5 Health Screenings Every Man Should Get

April 26, 2017

When it comes to most men and routine health care, the numbers just don't lie: Men are 24 percent less likely to visit their doctors in any given year than women. Men also drag their feet in getting their cholesterol checked. Even worse, many tend to balk when it's time to get a cancer screening, although men's cancer mortality rates are higher. Men can be quite stubborn when it comes to getting routine health screenings for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common reasons men share for bailing on these health screenings are: Fear that something being wrong Being too busy to get a health...Continue Reading