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” »

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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Combating the Top 5 Health Risks

Last week ARCpoint Labs examined the top 5 health risks that you face. Now that you know what these health risks are, you need to know what you can do to minimize them. Small steps can make a huge difference to maintaining your health.

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The Basics on Colorectal Cancer

Although colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, it’s a disease that receives less attention than it should. That’s why President Bill Clinton established March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in 2000.

Who is at greatest risk for colorectal cancer, and how can you best protect yourself against the disease? In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we’re sharing the basics on colorectal cancer.

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