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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 10, 2019

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Early detection is key for effectively fighting breast cancer! The most important screening test in early breast cancer detection is a mammogram. In addition to an improved outcome, some patients diagnosed with early-stage disease are candidates to have less aggressive surgery, can skip chemotherapy or radiation, or will receive a shorter course of treatment for breast cancer.

Breast cancer does not represent “one disease” but, rather, many different and similar diseases all characterized by normal breast cells becoming cancerous breast cells. Although we do not know why most patients develop breast cancer, abnormal genes appear to play a key role in some patients and genetic testing has assumed a greater role in evaluating many newly diagnosed patients.

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Prostate Cancer vs. Testicular Cancer: Do You Know the Difference?

April 9, 2019

Prostate Cancer vs. Testicular Cancer: Do You Know the Difference?


Prostate cancer and testicular cancer are two different diseases affecting the male reproductive system. These cancers occur in two different locations and commonly affect men at different stages of their life. Because of these differences, it’s important for ALL men to learn as much as they can so they can take the appropriate steps toward early detection. 

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Your Risk for Skin Cancer Remains, Even When It’s Not Summer

April 5, 2019

Your Risk for Skin Cancer Remains, Even When It’s Not Summer

Arizona means living with sunshine year round, even when it’s not super hot outside. That can be dangerous for your skin. Some people believe that the cooler weather in the winter or spring decreases their risk of developing skin cancer. The truth is, regardless of the temperature outside, the sun can still cause skin damage. All sun exposure poses a risk to your skin–even in those months that aren’t super hot. 

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Pay Attention to Your Lymph Nodes for Signs of Cancer

April 1, 2019

Pay Attention to Your Lymph Nodes for Signs of Cancer

Lymph nodes (also called lymph glands) are an important are part of your immune system. If your lymph nodes become enlarged or feel sensitive to the touch, that is their way of letting you know that your body is fighting an infection. In addition to that, they function as an early warning system for some types of cancer, including lymphoma, leukemia, and breast cancer. 

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HPV and Cervical Cancer: What’s the Connection?

February 21, 2019

HPV and Cervical Cancer: What’s the Connection?

When it comes to cervical cancer, nearly all cases are caused by exposure to the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Thankfully, cervical cancer is almost always preventable. Understanding more about HPV and cervical health, in general, can greatly help in the prevention of this kind of cancer. Here’s some important information every woman should know. 

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