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What Does SPF Stand For And What Does It Mean?

July 13, 2020

what is spf?

Even though summer is halfway over, August is Summer Sun Safety Month. This means there is still time to be conscious about practicing sun safety. One major way you can do this is by slathering on some sunscreen and repeat it often anytime you're outside.

Choosing a sunscreen can be a daunting task. With so many combinations of numbers and specializations, it's no wonder a lot of people skip wearing sunscreen altogether. To clear up some confusion, let's talk more about what SPF is as well as its importance when using the right sunscreen for your skin.

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Things to Consider About a Cancer Clinical Trial

July 6, 2020

Cancer Clinical Trials in Arizona

Learning you have cancer is shocking news. After you accept your cancer diagnosis, your main focus is probably, “How can I beat this?” Your oncologist will begin treating you using established, proven treatment protocols based on the specific type of cancer that was diagnosed. In some cases the most commonly effective treatments aren’t working as hoped, and sometimes the cancer returns in other parts of the body. In these cases your oncologist may recommend enrolling in a cancer clinical trial. Should you do this? Find out more about cancer research being done at Arizona Oncology through The US Oncology Network.

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Don’t Fall for These Common Skin Cancer Myths

June 5, 2020

In the battle against skin cancer, information is one of the key weapons in your arsenal. With an overwhelming variety of cancer-related articles on the Internet, it's often hard to tell what's real and what isn't.

Let's debunk the most common skin cancer myths and discuss trusted information sources to help you with further research.

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5 Reasons You May Face Skin Cancer Risks While Working From Home

May 22, 2020

skin cancer risks at home

More people than ever are working from home as the effects of COVID-19 spread across the globe. This difference in workspace leads to changed schedules for both parents and children. 

Some of the perks that come with this working from home include flexible hours, spending more time with family, and leaving your commute behind. Unfortunately, you could also be exposing yourself to additional skin cancer risks that you don't normally face. Watch for these risks and use practical tips to prevent extra sun exposure while working from home. 

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What Is Metastatic Breast Cancer?

May 6, 2020

What is metastatic breast cancer

Metastatic breast cancer, which may also be referred to as Stage IV breast cancer, indicates that cancer has spread from the breast tissue and the nearby lymph nodes to other organs in the body, most commonly the bones, lungs, liver or brain. Any type of breast cancer (estrogen-positive, HER2-positive, etc.) can metastasize (spread) to other areas of the body.

When a tumor is found outside of the breast, it's made up of breast cancer cells. For example, if you have a tumor in the lungs that is metastasized breast cancer, it contains breast cancer cells, not lung cancer cells. These cells may no longer react to the treatments given in the past, meaning that new cancer therapies may be necessary. 

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