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7 Cancer Screenings Every Woman Should Consider

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 22, 2017 1:15:03 PM

Research confirms this fact about cancer: Early detection provides the best chances for a favorable outcome.

More than 7.6 million women are cancer survivors today – mainly because they discovered their diseases in their initial stages.

A recent review by the American Cancer Society found a 38 percent decline in breast cancer mortality among women who were screened with mammography. Meanwhile, cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates have decreased by more than 50 percent over the past three decades, with most of the reduction attributed to screening with the Papanicolaou (Pap) test.

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Topics: Cancer

What Colored Support Ribbons Mean in Cancer Fight

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 16, 2017 7:36:21 PM

Cancer will afflict 41 percent of Americans in our lifetime. More than 15 million are survivors right now.

Because cancer affects our lives in so many ways, we generously give more than $5 billion per year to support research for treatments and cures.

While donating to a cancer nonprofit is one way to help the cause, another is to create awareness within your community and among your friends, families and co-workers.

One of the more fascinating developments in fundraising and awareness campaigns is the proliferation of lapel ribbons.

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Topics: Cancer

5 Online Resources for Cancer Patients, Families

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 9, 2017 8:55:46 AM

Information is power when you are taking on cancer.

Knowing the details of the disease and treatment options, and getting support beyond family and friends help you deal with your decisions and emotions.

The Internet is full of information about cancer – from research to fundraising. Many can be extremely helpful answering questions and providing comfort during the journey. Some legitimately raise money for research and assist patients during treatment and recovery.

A few, unfortunately, take advantage of patients and their families. They either provide scientifically unproven information or try to solicit contributions that do little to fund research or help people.

Here are 5 of the many legitimate online resources that cancer patients and their families and friends can find helpful or supportive.

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Topics: Cancer

How Caregivers For Cancer Patients Can Cope

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 31, 2017 9:55:13 AM

Cancer patients require physical care and emotional support. So do their caregivers.

Family members, friends or companions have lots of responsibilities when helping cancer patients go through treatment and recovery. They provide personal hygiene care, drive to doctor appointments, handle insurance claims and clean the house.

Because patients sometimes return home shortly after chemotherapy, surgery or radiation treatments, caregivers have to deal with the challenges of side effects. They cook meals and administer medication. They often hold hands and listen.

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Topics: Cancer

Exercise Boosts Your Body During Cancer Treatment

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 24, 2017 2:46:12 PM

While undergoing treatment for cancer, you need every advantage for the best outcome.

That includes exercising.

Chemotherapy and radiation often zap your energy, but you can boost your immune system and feel better by working out your cardio system and muscles.

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Topics: Cancer

Cancer Patients Need Emotional Care, Too

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 17, 2017 11:24:16 AM

Besides the physical challenges of treatment, cancer patients also travel an emotional journey.

Fear, anxiety and depression can happen while dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. That’s why it is important to address how a patient is coping in addition to how he or she is physically feeling.

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Topics: Cancer

Navigator Guides Cancer Patients in Their Journey

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 10, 2017 2:17:31 PM

Cancer patients have needs beyond chemotherapy and radiation.

After receiving a diagnosis and learning about treatment options, cancer patients often find themselves swimming hard against a current of decisions and questions.

That is why Cancer Patient Navigators have become such an important part of the cancer care team. They provide professional and personal guidance to patients as they move through the health care system, according to the American Medical Association.

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Topics: Cancer

Advances Continue in Fight Against Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 20, 2016 2:14:04 PM

Though there will be an estimated 1.7 million new cancer cases in the U.S. this year, there is hope.

The American Cancer Society notes that nearly 14.5 million Americans with a history of cancer are alive today – either cured, in remission or undergoing treatment.

After peaking in 1991 because of high tobacco use, the rate of cancer deaths has dropped 23 percent since – primarily because of earlier detection, advances in treatment and improved health behaviors (fewer smokers).

Death rates are declining for the most common cancers – lung, colorectal, breast and prostate.

More than $100 billion per year is being spent on cancer research worldwide, according to U.S. World and News Report. While the definition of successful treatment is as complicated as the types of cancers, progress continues in many areas.

Here are the most recent advances:

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Topics: Cancer

What to Do When Your Friend Has Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 17, 2016 9:34:32 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

5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 12, 2016 11:58:03 AM

We are winning the battles in the War on Cancer.

Advanced treatment options are helping cancer patients live longer, and – in many cases – achieve full remission.

While researchers continue to focus on new drug and radiation therapies and revolutionary surgical procedures to treat cancers, their focus also is being placed on prevention.

A Harvard Medical School study released in May concluded that 40 percent of cancer cases and 50 percent of cancer-related deaths can be prevented by better lifestyle habits.

The National Cancer Institute says the studies are ongoing – but the results so far are consistent. If you practice a healthier lifestyle, you greatly reduce your risk of many types of cancers.

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Topics: Cancer