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7 Skin Cancer Prevention Tips to Protect Yourself from the Sun’s Harmful UV Rays

7 Skin Cancer Prevention Tips to Protect Yourself from the Sun’s Harmful UV Rays

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in this United States, but it is also one of the most preventable. With the heat and activity of the summer months still upon us, it is important to be proactive in protecting your skin from the sun and other sources of ultraviolet (UV) radiation.  UV rays are invisible to the naked eye and are more intense in the summer, at higher altitudes, and in areas closer to the equator. Overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun causes sunburn (erythema), skin cancer, premature aging (skin wrinkling), cataracts (gradual clouding of the...

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Prostate Cancer vs. Testicular Cancer: Do You Know the Difference?

Prostate Cancer vs. Testicular Cancer: Do You Know the Difference?

Prostate cancer and testicular cancer are two different diseases affecting the male reproductive system. These cancers occur in two different locations and commonly affect men at different stages of their life. Because of these differences, it’s important for ALL men to learn as much as they can so they can take the appropriate steps toward early detection.  What is Prostate Cancer?  Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate, the small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. It is the most common cancer with...

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What You Should Know About Inflammatory Breast Cancer

What You Should Know About Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare but aggressive form of breast cancer. This cancer, which accounts for 1% to 5% of all breast cancer diagnoses in the United States, forms in the cells that line the breasts’ milk ducts, but quickly spreads to nearby lymph nodes and sometimes, to other tissues in the body. The cancer is called “inflammatory” because the cancer cells usually block the lymph vessels in the breast. This blockage causes a buildup of fluid, which then leads to inflammation that is usually red and tender to the touch.  How Does Inflammatory Breast Cancer Differ From...

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HPV and Cervical Cancer: What’s the Connection?

HPV and Cervical Cancer: What’s the Connection?

When it comes to cervical cancer, nearly all cases are caused by exposure to the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Thankfully, cervical cancer is almost always preventable. Understanding more about HPV and cervical health, in general, can greatly help in the prevention of this kind of cancer. Here’s some important information every woman should know.  HPV: The Root Cause of Cervical Cancer Cervical cancer is a disease that forms in the tissues of a woman’s cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (womb) that connects to the vagina (birth canal). According to the National...

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To Wig or Not to Wig?

To Wig or Not to Wig?

Some cancer patients face hair loss, also known as alopecia, as a result of cancer treatment. While this is a common side effect, losing one’s hair can still be a significant emotional challenge. The good news is that this change in appearance usually doesn’t last forever. Most cancer patients see hair re-growth begin shortly after they are finished with treatment. Until that time, however, many people turn to head coverings such as scarves and wigs to help them cope during this transition. Initially, the thought of wearing a wig may seem worrisome. There may be some concerns about...

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Surviving, Thriving, & Empowering Others: Sherri’s Story

Surviving, Thriving, & Empowering Others: Sherri’s Story

One breast cancer survivor’s story of turning a personal patient solution into a community solution By: Lori McNeill Sherri’s Story “I was shocked.” This, perhaps not surprisingly, was Sherri Romanoski’s response to being told back in 2000, at the age of 48, that she had breast cancer. “I was shocked." “It hit me hard. I was full of fear,” said Sherri. Along with that fear can sometimes come a sense of powerlessness—how do I combat a disease I don’t fully understand?—and a lot of questions. What’s my cancer treatment plan? How long will it take? What can I do outside of the doctor’s...

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What Happens After Ovarian Cancer?

What Happens After Ovarian Cancer?

I’m done with Ovarian Cancer Treatment, now what? This is a common question among women who have recently gone through treatment for ovarian cancer–and rightfully so. While the thought of remission can bring a sense of relief, there are also concerns about what other challenges may lie ahead regarding lifestyle changes, fertility, and the possible chance of recurrence. If you have recently finished ovarian cancer treatment it is important to remember to give yourself time to adjust to any physical and emotional changes you are going through. Eventually, ovarian cancer survivors...

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Essential Oils and Cancer Treatment Side Effects

Essential Oils and Cancer Treatment Side Effects

11 common essential oils used in aromatherapy for managing cancer symptoms and side effects include: Lavender: used to relieve stress, improve sleep, reduce inflammation, and treat depression Eucalyptus: used to invigorate, reduce fever, and fight migraines and bacterial infections Geranium: used to ease anxiety, reduce depression, and promote sleep Tea tree (Melaleuca): can ease pain, reduce inflammation, and fight bacteria. Lemon: used to get relief from pain, anxiety, nausea, and vomiting Chamomile: used to soothe, promote sleep, and support the immune system...

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6 Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer That Every Woman Should Know

6 Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer That Every Woman Should Know

6 ovarian cancer signs and symptoms every woman should know:  Changes in appetite Bloating or increase in abdominal girth Frequent urination Changes in menstruation Discomfort in the pelvis Low energy  September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so it's a good time to learn more about early detection and save lives. About 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year in the US. While about half of all cases happen in women who are age 63 and older, all women face some risk of developing the disease. Certain risk factors, including being overweight and a...

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5 HPV Myths (and the Truth About Them)

5 HPV Myths (and the Truth About Them)

Although the human papillomavirus (HPV) is quite common, there is still a lot of confusion when it comes to the facts. But in order to protect your health – and those you love – it’s important to break through the myths you may have heard about HPV. Here are five common HPV myths and the truth about them. HPV Myth #1: Only women can get it. Truth: HPV is a very common virus among both women and men. An estimated 80% of sexually active people will contract it at some point in their lives. Although most HPV infections go away on their own, infections that don’t go away (persist) can cause...

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