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Coping with Treatments for Skin Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 18, 2018 8:57:45 AM

A new diagnosis of skin cancer brings immediate questions about treatment. How treatable is it? What are my options? The good news is that most types of cancer have effective treatment options and excellent survival rates if caught early.

Here’s a closer look at the main treatment options for skin cancer and how you can cope with them in your day-to-day life.

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Topics: Cancer

These are the Signs and Symptoms of Melanoma

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 17, 2018 10:19:32 AM

Despite decades of public awareness, melanoma diagnoses are still occurring at epidemic rates. Researchers believe this is a combination of something good - melanoma awareness - and something bad: a continued rise in new melanoma cases.

Among skin cancers, melanoma is the deadliest. It affects people of all ages and is shockingly common among young people. It’s the leading cause of cancer death in women age 25 to 30. In all people age 15 to 29, melanoma is the second most-common cancer diagnosis, increasing by 50% since 1980 in women under 30.

Are you familiar with the signs of melanoma? Would you know if you had symptoms of it? Let’s take a closer look at how it affects your skin and body.

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Topics: Cancer

Do You Know the 4 Main Types of Skin Cancer?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 15, 2018 11:31:18 AM

As the sun shines in spring and the days lengthen toward summer, ‘tis the season for sunscreen. Using a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher is one of the best ways to protect yourself against skin cancer, which affects more than 3.3 million people in the U.S. each year.

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Topics: Cancer

Be Careful, The Sun is Finally Shining

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Spring is in full swing, and summer is not far behind.

While we welcome the warmer weather here, it's a good idea to take some precautions before venturing out to plant those flowers or spend the day at a park.

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Topics: Cancer

Scarier NOT to Do It: Importance of Colonoscopy Over 50

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Men and women over the age of 50 are at the highest risk of developing colorectal cancer, which is cancer that begins in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States.

While those statistics may seem daunting, the good news is that even though it is a very common type of cancer, it is also very treatable and even preventable.

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Topics: Cancer

Mammogram Myths: 6 Common Misunderstandings

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 24, 2018 4:01:17 PM

Despite decades of public health awareness about the importance of mammograms, many women are still resistant to getting them. Fear and opposition may be due to persistent myths about mammograms.

Let’s separate myth from reality. Here are six common misunderstandings and the true facts behind them.

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Topics: Cancer, Imaging, Mammogram

Why it Might Be Time for a Colon Cancer Screening

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 22, 2018 9:00:09 AM

One-third of Americans who are due for a colorectal cancer screening haven’t gotten one. That means millions of people who could have cancer, polyps, or other colon issues are totally unaware of it. Why aren’t people getting screened?

According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force - a panel of independent medical experts - the main reasons are squeamishness and fear about the procedure. Despite these inhibiting factors, the panel recommended that all adults between ages of 50 and 75 have a screening, and that those with a family history start earlier.

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Topics: Cancer

What to Do When Your Friend Has Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 11, 2018 9:34:00 AM

The news devastates you, too.

When you learn that a friend has been diagnosed with cancer, you are not sure what to do. You may not know how to help, let alone what to say.

You may not realize it initially, but your role as a friend is very important. According to the American Cancer Society, studies have shown that cancer patients who have a strong support system tend to deal better with treatments and lead a more positive quality of life.

Your presence and your connection provide a sense of comfort during a period of emotional uncertainty and physical challenges. That is especially true long after the initial diagnosis, when well-meaning acquaintances offer to help but later go on with their lives. It’s those weeks after the start of treatment when your friend will need you the most.

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Topics: Cancer

6 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Did you know 8 out of 10 women who get breast cancer have no family history? Despite recent publicity about genetic testing and the breast cancer gene, your genetics aren’t a reliable predictor of whether you’ll develop the disease.

Cancer is a frustrating game of odds, but when it comes to breast cancer, lifestyle habits seem to some impact. With this in mind, here are 6 things you can do to minimize your risk.

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Topics: Cancer

Even Brisk Walks Help Reduce Cancer Risk

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 10, 2017 8:47:15 AM

Whether you are rockin’ a Zumba class or taking a brisk walk, exercise can help you fight cancer.

A study announced last year by the American Institute for Cancer Research showed a stronger link between exercise and the reduction of risk of 13 cancers.

“It's the latest evidence in a growing area of research suggesting that exercise may play a role in both cancer prevention and healthy survivorship,” the story stated.

Researchers combined data from 1.4 million people who were part of a dozen U.S. and European studies. It is the first ever pooled analysis of physical activity and cancer incidence that has been done in the world.

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Topics: Cancer