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Can Skin Cancer Be Prevented?

October 22, 2020

Doctor inspecting skin cancer

Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer with over five million cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Fortunately, skin cancer in its many shapes and sizes is also one of the most preventable forms of the disease.

The major risk factor is prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation primarily from the sun. The sun-smart strategies below will go a long way in helping prevent the disease.

Arizona Oncology’s Dr. Roberts advocates that you take time to educate yourself about skin cancer and how to recognize and prevent the disease.

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Men and Breast Cancer: What Every Man Needs to Know

October 12, 2020

Men and Breast Cancer

While certain cancers such as brain tumors are viewed as equally affecting men and women alike, other cancers are seen as gender specific. For instance, prostate cancer is identified as a type of cancer that only affects men for the simple reason that women do not have prostates. Breast cancer is widely recognized as being a common type of cancer that affects women. However, what isn't talked about as much is the fact that breast cancer affects men as well. Let's take a closer look at the signs, symptoms, risk factors, screening, and treatment options available for male breast cancer.  

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 7, 2020

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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How Can You Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

October 2, 2020

More than likely, someone close to you currently has or has had breast cancer. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, great strides are being made in an effort to find a cure and eradicate breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month, a time to celebrate survivors, and support those who are currently battling breast cancer and those who will in the future. If you're wondering how you can show your support during breast cancer awareness month and all throughout the year, then you have come to the right place. Let's take a look at how you can take a stand against breast cancer. 

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How to Manage Your Anxiety During Cancer Treatment

September 25, 2020

It’s normal to feel anxious during cancer treatment with your number one concern whether the treatment will work. Add to that the stresses of managing appointments, family responsibilities, job responsibilities and you have the makings for a lot of anxiety. It can be enough to cause physical problems including irritability, shortness of breath, a tightness in your chest, and sleeplessness to name a few.

It’s very important to give yourself a break during cancer treatment. Take a step back from all that you normally do to give yourself time to process all that is going on, and then find ways to help you feel better. 

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