10 diet tips for a healthy prostate

Written by Community Health Network on 9/11/2014 4:13:00 PM

Practicing a healthy lifestyle is critical when it comes to protecting your body against prostate cancer. By making simple modifications to your diet, you can maintain a healthy prostate.
  1. Eat veggies. Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, carrots, sweet potatoes and mushrooms top the list of cancer-fighting vegetables.
  2. Munch on fruit. Tomatoes, grapes, avocados, apples, berries and citrus fruits can work as cancer preventatives. 
  3. Avoid red meat. A diet high in red meat has been linked to increased cancer risk.
  4. Drink green tea. It contains antioxidants that decrease prostate cancer risk. continue reading ...

Prostate cancer 101

Written by Community Health Network on 9/4/2014 6:30:00 PM

About one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. That's one in seven fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, partners, and friends.

What men are at risk?
Men ages 50 years or older, African-American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer are at the highest risk. 

It's important to note that by age 50, about one-third of American men have microscopic signs of prostate cancer. But, most of these cancers remain latent, producing no signs of symptoms, or so slow-growing, that they never become a serious threat to health.

What are the symptoms?
Warning signs of prostate cancer may not be evident until the later stages of prostate cancer. However, if you have general urinary symptoms (such as difficulty or frequent urinating), erectile dysfunction or severe pain in the back/hips/chest, those are symptoms of prostate cancer that should be evaluated by your doctor. continue reading ...

Pretty in pink: Cancer center hosts trunk show

Written by Community Health Network on 9/2/2014 12:00:00 PM

Community Cancer Center South Summer Trunk ShowCommunity Cancer Center South's atrium was transformed on Friday, August 29. Where seating and magazine racks once stood, apparel, jewelry, creams and treats now lined the walls of the atrium. Patients, past and present, came together to shop for accessories and get garment fittings from our experts at Figleaf Boutique at a trunk show. All of the items for purchase were designed help cancer patients show off their "pretty" personalities.

Community Cancer Center South staff sported "Pretty in pink" polos, mingled with patients, and even served food and refreshments.

Bass Farms sold Triple B Hydrating cream, recommended by Community cancer doctors to soothe skin irritation and redness from various therapies and cancer treatments. Volunteers manned booths with homemade scarves and jewelry, as well as sold treats like popcorn.

The Baxter YMCA offered information about a LIVESTRONG program for building muscle strength, balance, endurance and confidence. continue reading ...

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New breast cancer gene identified

Written by Community Health Network on 8/14/2014 10:00:00 AM

New breast cancer gene identified A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine identified a new gene mutation, called PALB2, that could lead to breast cancer. Individuals with the gene had a 30 percent chance of developing breast cancer by age 70. PALB2 is now the third gene mutation to be linked to breast cancer. The first two, BRCA1 and BRCA2, were identified in the 90s.

Having a gene mutation does not mean that you will develop breast cancer, but it does increase your cancer risk. Breast surgeons and oncologists work with genetic counselors to determine the level of risk and what can be done to minimize that risk. continue reading ...

Early detection saved her life

Written by Community Health Network on 8/12/2014 6:00:00 AM

Chances for survival vary by stage of breast cancer. Non-invasive (stage 0) and early stage invasive breast cancers (stages I and II) have a better prognosis than later stage cancers (stage III and IV). And, cancer that has not spread beyond the breast has a better prognosis than cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes.

Catching cancer at its earliest stage only increases a patient's chances for survival. Courtney Larson, a Community Cancer Care patient, knows a thing or two about the importance of early detection of breast cancer: It saved her life.

Larson was performing a breast self-exam when she discovered a suspicious lump. Concerned, she followed up with her physician. A diagnostic mammogram was performed and revealed Larson had breast cancer.

After surgery to remove her cancerous tumor, six rounds of chemotherapy and thirty rounds of radiation treatment, Larson was declared cancer-free. But her passion to keep fighting cancer did not end there. continue reading ...

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1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Could you be at risk? Learn more and find out if a prostate screening is right for you here.