April 30, 2020
While it’s important to stay vigilant about changes in our bodies at all times, it’s especially important right now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Routine doctor visits are being postponed, including normal checkups, and it may be hard to get an appointment once the doctor’s office reopens.
Besides checking yourself for COVID-19 symptoms seemingly 10 times a day, you should also pay attention to how you feel otherwise. There are some general warning signs as well as some at-home cancer screenings you can do on your own. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, reach out to your doctor to start a discussion.
April 24, 2020
Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation are designed to kill fast-growing cancer cells. These powerful drugs travel throughout the body and may affect healthy, normal fast-growing cells as well. The type of long-term side effects cancer survivors face and the severity differs between individuals. Some may experience minimal long-term effects, while others may experience moderate to severe long-term effects.
There are many different types of cancer and many different types of treatment. This combined with the fact that everyone's body responds differently makes the possibilities of long-term side effects from cancer treatment endless. Let's take a look at the most common long-term side effects:
February 18, 2020
The internet contains many valuable sources of information about cancer. Unfortunately, it's also used to spread fear through myths and misconceptions that are repeated so often that many people believe they're true. These 12 statements about cancer are often relayed as fact. However, they are really myths.
Myths About Cancer
- A cancer diagnosis means the end of life.
- Cutting out sugar will cure cancer.
- Cancer is caused by artificial sweeteners.
- A biopsy or surgery will cause cancer to spread.
- Cancer cures are being withheld.
- Cancer is a modern disease created by humans.
- Smartphones cause cancer.
- Advances in technology mean we should have cured cancer by now.
- Cancer is contagious.
- Superfoods can stop cancer.
- No family history of cancer means you're not at risk.
- Cosmetics cause cancer.
February 14, 2020
Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, research shows that it is the third-leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, will result in over 53,000 fatalities in 2020, and will appear in almost 150,000 patients over that same time frame.
As with many health issues, knowledge of colorectal cancer means power: the power of early detection, treatment, and in some cases even prevention. You may worry that you or a loved one are at risk for developing colorectal cancer; or you may want to better understand certain aspects of this disease. If so, then the following information will likely prove to be very helpful to you, as it covers several frequently asked questions about this type of cancer.
February 6, 2020
If you are preparing for or anticipating having to schedule your first mammogram, you may be wondering what to expect. A mammogram is a non-invasive diagnostic scan essential for early detection of breast cancer. It can be an inexpensive and highly effective method for reducing breast cancer risks. Having regular mammograms can be critical for those with a higher risk level or history of family breast cancer of any age.
Today, we'll provide a guide to preparing for your first mammogram and outline what you can expect during your first screening.