Posts Categorized: Cancer

I’m so confused: I don’t get a pap every year?

For most women, the concept of a yearly pap test has been ingrained in us from our teenage years. It was the welcome to being a woman: a trip to the gynecologist, speculum exam and pap test starting at 18, or earlier for some. From 1987-2002, the yearly pap was dogma. However, everything started changing…
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Cancer prevention with a few shots? Let’s do it!

Like many of you, I traveled to see family during the holidays. Without fail, dinner conversation often turns to health care as my soon-to-be husband (also an oncologist) and I answer a laundry list of medical questions from our loved ones. We welcome this firing squad of questions, as we hope to spread accurate information to those we care…
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Get screened for prostate and testicular cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, primarily in men age 65 or older. Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. Men who are diagnosed with stage I, II or III…
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Be free from cigarettes

Did you know tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death? Smoking and the use of other tobacco products is responsible for a number of diseases such as heart and lung disease. There are more than 600 ingredients in a cigarette and when burned a cigarette creates 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known…
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The caregiver: An unsung health care hero

Caregivers have been described as the “unsung heroes” of our health care system: they are untrained, unpaid and sacrifice so much of their own time to help their loved ones. The role of a caregiver may include providing emotional support, transportation, preparing meals, completing household chores and overseeing finances. Being a caregiver can be difficult….
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