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Skin Cancer Risks in Winter

Skin Cancer Risks in Winter

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 winter 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 can lead to a higher risk of skin cancer–even in those winter months that aren’t super hot.  Skin Cancer Risks in Winter Protecting your skin from skin cancer is a year-round job. Why? Because harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays are always being...

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Lung Cancer Risks, Signs, Symptoms & Screening

Lung Cancer Risks, Signs, Symptoms & Screening

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States amoung men and women. There are some lifestyle choices you can make to try and reduce your risk of getting lung cancer. Being aware of the symptoms to look for is helpful in catching the disease early and having a better treatment outcome. For people who have a family history of cancer, screening becomes even more important, since that population is at a higher risk of developing the disease. The information below is meant to be used as a guideline. Individuals experiencing any of these symptoms should...

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Prostate Cancer

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, about 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Below are seven things that you may not know about prostate cancer that can help you detect it earlier and understand this type of cancer better if you have received a diagnosis. The majority of men survive a prostate cancer diagnosis. Prostate cancer can affect men of all ages. Symptoms may be difficult to recognize. It can be hereditary. Treatment isn’t always the first option. Prostate cancer is more common in some races. Lifestyle may affect your likelihood of getting prostate...

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How to Read a Prostate Cancer Pathology Report

How to Read a Prostate Cancer Pathology Report

If you’re scheduled for a prostate biopsy, your doctor is likely testing a tumor for cancer. During this outpatient procedure, tissue will be removed from the tumor using a needle. It will then be analyzed by a pathologist, a doctor who reviews the results of the biopsy and provides information about the findings. The results of your biopsy are provided in a pathology report. Your oncologist or urologist will use the pathology report as a key piece of information in determining if cancer is present and the stage, based on the cell structure in the tumor. It will also play a key role in...

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Reduce Lung Cancer Risk with the Great American Smokeout

Reduce Lung Cancer Risk with the Great American Smokeout

What is the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout? It's an annual event, held the third Thursday of every November, a date on which smokers nationwide are asked to give up smoking. Quitting for just one day helps you take action toward a healthier life, and reduce your lung cancer risk. Each year, the Great American Smokeout calls attention to the deaths, lung cancer diagnoses and other chronic diseases that smoking causes, and how to prevent them. As a result of this event, there have been actions taken towards reducing the health impacts that smoking can...

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

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

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...

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Fertility for Cancer Survivors

Fertility for Cancer Survivors

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...

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The Importance of Breast Cancer Research

The Importance of Breast Cancer Research

Even though statistics show 1 in 8 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, there is hope on the horizon. Overall, survival rates continue to rise and women are living longer after beating the disease. In order to keep this momentum, however, which can lead to improved care and better outcomes, it’s necessary to continue advancing our understanding of the disease through research. Breast cancer research opens the door to finding better ways to prevent, detect, and treat breast cancer, and to improve the quality of life of both cancer patients and survivors. From studying...

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Yoga for Breast Cancer Patients

Yoga for Breast Cancer Patients

If you're recovering from breast cancer, the medicines that are part of your treatment program can have unwanted effects. You and your oncologist have chosen a path for your breast cancer treatment, but it's also important to add things to your routine that will help you feel better both mentally and physically. These are called complementary therapies. Yoga is an exercise and breathing therapy that has been proven to help breast cancer patients and survivors. What is Yoga? Originating in India over 5,000 years ago, yoga began as a complete lifestyle that combined exercise...

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Circle of Love & Hope: Mareta’s Story

Circle of Love & Hope: Mareta’s Story

By: Lori McNeill Do you ever feel like you were meant to do something ... as if your life has guided you toward serving a particular purpose? Or even that you’ve come full circle from one point in your life to a similar place, but as a changed person from the journey? “I’m a spiritual person, and I believe God brought me full circle,” said Mareta Childs, Founder and Executive Director of Loving Hands of Healing Hope, a Tucson non-profit that provides spa services to those going through cancer treatments. Mareta does seem to have come full circle to bring an idea to fruition: from supporting...

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