Early Cancer Detection Screening

A screening is an examination for cancer or conditions that may become cancer in people who have no symptoms. Screenings can help doctors find and treat several types of cancer early on. Early detection is extremely important because the abnormal tissue or cancer formed may be much easier to treat. When symptoms of the majority of cancers begin to form, it may have begun to spread and is harder to treat. Continue reading “Early Cancer Detection Screening” »

Detecting Cancer Early With Screenings

Cancer is a major medical issue with thousands of cases being diagnosed each year. Screening for cancer is complicated. A doctor may order a biopsy or conduct a urinalysis. However, they also may order a blood test. Continue reading “Detecting Cancer Early With Screenings” »

4 Essential Health Tests for Men Of All Ages

Men are leading longer, healthier lives. One of the things that makes this possible is routine screening for common health concerns. While some screenings may vary based upon individual health history, there are four medical tests every man should have. These are: thyroid, vitamin D, cholesterol and diabetes.  Continue reading “4 Essential Health Tests for Men Of All Ages” »

5 Ways to Make a Difference During Lung Cancer Awareness Month

With November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month, this is the perfect opportunity to better understand the disease and how anyone can make a difference in the fight against it. Of course, true lung cancer awareness shouldn’t be a once-a-year thing. Make it an all-year event by using these methods to make a difference. Continue reading “5 Ways to Make a Difference During Lung Cancer Awareness Month” »

Why UV Exposure is a Real Health Risk 

The sun that brings heat and light to the world can also cause damage to its inhabitants.

As the ozone layer thins, UV exposure increases to alarming levels. This leads to a host of health problems.

During the summer, many families spend extra time outdoors when on vacation or when enjoying play with their children. When people know about the risks of UV exposure, they can continue to enjoy the outdoors as safely as possible.

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Genetic Testing Can Improve Cancer Treatment

When most people think of DNA tests, daytime talkshows or primetime crime dramas come to mind. Many people associate DNA testing with questions of paternity or forensic tests to figure out whodunnit.

As scientists and inventors continue to innovate, the capabilities and applications of DNA testing expand beyond just establishing biological relationships, revealing ancestry, and identifying culprits. More and more, doctors, dieticians, and health professionals are using DNA testing for personalized treatment. This includes the use of pharmacogenetics testing, which can help doctors identify genetic variations that affect how our bodies react to medicines.

One of the ways that healthcare professionals are now applying pharmacogenetics testing is in the treatment of cancer. Read on to see how this innovative genetic testing is helping cancer patients.

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Lung Cancer Facts: What You Need to Know

Lung cancer is a disease that claims the lives of about 432 Americans every day (Lung Cancer Alliance). It is the leading cause of cancer death, and 80.9% of those affected by lung cancer are current or former smokers. Despite the public awareness about the correlation between smoking and lung cancer, millions of Americans continue to smoke and millions of Americans continue to be affected by lung cancer. Read on for more information about the disease and how to help protect yourself from lung cancer.

What is Lung Cancer?

The lungs are a pair of organs located in the chest that bring oxygen into the body and release carbon dioxide out of the body. Lung cancer is a cancer that forms in these organs. There are two main types of lung cancer: small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Of the two, non-small cell is the more common form. Symptoms of lung cancer include coughing, chest pain, wheezing, and loss of weight. However, individuals rarely notice symptoms early on, meaning that once symptoms are apparent, the cancer is likely advanced.

Causes of Lung Cancer

The most common cause of lung cancer is smoking cigarettes, pipes, or cigars. The risk of cancer increases the more years an individual smokes and the earlier an individual begins smoking. Quitting smoking will help reduce that risk over time. Other factors that increase an individual’s risk of lung cancer include exposure to secondhand smoke, a family history of the disease, radiation therapy, exposure to certain chemicals, and air pollution. Lung cancer is typically detected by a physical exam, laboratory test, or chest x-ray, among other methods of detection.

Treatments for Lung Cancer

In some cases of lung cancer, surgery to remove the tumors is an option. In other cases, doctors may recommend chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Sometimes a combination of these options is used to treat the cancer. Targeted drug therapies, in addition to clinical trials, are newer treatment methods used to target specific cancer cells or mutations. As with all forms of cancer, chances of recovery are higher the earlier the cancer is detected.

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Keys to Healthy Aging

Happy Healthy Aging Month!

September is the time we draw attention to how individuals can promote healthy aging and live full, quality lives in their senior years.

Today, we’re sharing some key ways that adults 65+ (or nearing that age) can promote their own healthy aging.

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The Basics on Testicular Cancer Every Man Should Know

We’ve written briefly about testicular cancer on Your Health Your Choice before, pointing out that all men should conduct regular self-examinations to catch the disease before it progresses too far.

Since April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, we want to provide a little more information about this form of cancer. We’re sharing the key facts all men should know, including signs and risk factors of testicular cancer and preventative measures to take.

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Celebrate National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time for individuals to learn more about colorectal cancer, particularly its risk factors.

Since early detection leads to early treatment, preventing the spread and severity of cancer, educating yourself on colorectal cancer is one of the most important ways to celebrate this month.

Along with learning more about this disease, there are other key ways to participate in this awareness holiday.

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