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Men and Breast Cancer: What Every Man Needs to Know

November 19, 2019

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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What is a Gleason Score for Prostate Cancer and What Does It Mean?

November 18, 2019

Gleason Score for Prostate Cancer

The Gleason Score is more than likely one of the first things your doctor will discuss if you have received a prostate cancer diagnosis. That’s because it’s used to explain the stage of prostate cancer you have. Let’s discuss prostate cancer, the purpose of the Gleason Score, how it is calculated, and why it is so important.  

What is Prostate Cancer?

The prostate is a gland found only in males that lies just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Prostates in younger men are about the size of walnuts but tend to become larger as they age. It serves two main functions in the body. The first is to secrete prostate fluid (one of the components that comprises semen) and the second is to help move the seminal fluid into the urethra during ejaculation with the use of muscles.

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What You Might Not Know About HPV and Cervical Cancer–But Should

November 13, 2019

Nearly all cases of cervical cancer are caused by exposure to the human papillomavirus or HPV. The good news is that cervical cancer is almost always preventable, however, there’s a lot of confusion when it comes to the facts. Understanding more about the connection between HPV and cervical health, in general, can greatly help in the prevention of this kind of cancer. Below is some very important information every woman should know.

HPV: Where Most Cervical Cancers Begin

Cervical cancer is a disease that forms in the tissues of a woman’s cervix--the lower part of the uterus (womb) that connects to the vagina (birth canal). According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, 99% of cervical cancers were caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease (STD). 

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Fertility for Cancer Survivors

October 30, 2019

For a man or woman in their childbearing years, a cancer diagnosis can come with a scary thought: will having children be possible? Fortunately, with improvements in treatment and fertility preservation options, having a baby after remission can become a reality for many cancer survivors. 

The Risks of Infertility After Cancer

When it comes to whether or not you’re at risk for infertility after cancer, there really is no one-size-fits-all answer. Overall, the chances of remaining fertile depend on a variety of factors including the cancer type, the treatments you received, how your body responded, as well as the original fertility potential. 

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How Can You Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

October 1, 2019

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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