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Put on your pink: It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Written by Community Health Network on 10/1/2014 9:30:00 AM

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - dedicated to increasing awareness about one of the biggest cancer threats to women. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2014 alone, 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States. Additionally, 62,570 cases of carcinoma situ (a non-invasive and early form of breast cancer) will be diagnosed.

Although the disease is predominantly seen in women, men are not immune. In fact, in 2014, more than 2,300 men are expected to be newly diagnosed with the disease.

Risk factors
  • Increasing age (risk almost doubles after age 60)
  • Inherited genetic mutations (BRCA1 and/or BRCA2)
  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Extremely high breast-tissue density as seen on mammograms
  • Biopsy-confirmed atypical hyperplasia
  • Having Li-Fraumeni or Cowden syndromes
  • Never having children or having one's first child after the age of 30
  • Being overweight or physically inactive, or becoming obese after menopause 

Discovering breast cancer in its early stages greatly increases treatment options and survival rates. Regular screening mammograms and breast self-exams are extremely important. Simple lifestyle changes can also help you defend your body against breast cancer. continue reading ...


Managing side effects of prostate cancer treatment

Written by Community Health Network on 9/22/2014 6:00:00 AM

There are nearly 3 million prostate cancer survivors in the United States. While the survival rate is high and treatments have improved in recent years, being diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer may cause a number of side effects.

The most common side effects associated with prostate cancer treatment are incontinence, erectile dysfunction and depression.

Incontinence
Urinary incontinence can range from some leaking to complete loss of bladder control. Increased urgency and urinary frequency are common.

These symptoms are usually caused by damage to the nerves and muscles that control urinary function during cancer treatment. However only about five percent experience any of these long-term. continue reading ...


Colon cancer prevention 101

Written by Community Health Network on 3/24/2014 1:00:00 PM

Roughly 150,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer each year. But preventing the cancer is easy.

Community Physician Network gastroenterologist, Dr. Ninad Shah, shares easy ways you can help decrease your colon cancer risk.

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Colon cancer rates drop due to screenings

Written by Community Health Network on 3/17/2014 12:20:00 PM

According to a report published in Cancer, colon cancer rates have fallen by 30 percent over the past decade in people over age 50.

The reason for the drop in cancer rate? Preventive screenings

Screening rates have climbed in recent years. The number of Americans ages 50 to 64 who have had a colonoscopy has nearly tripled, growing from 19 percent in 2000 to 55 percent in 2010. continue reading ...


Seven easy ways to prevent colon cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 3/13/2014 7:00:00 AM

Cancer and nutrition experts say that more than 50 percent of colorectal cancers are preventable by combining a diet that includes fiber with daily physical activity and weight management. Try these easy diet and nutrition tips to protect yourself against colon cancer.

Eat fiber to help prevent colon cancerEat more fiber.
Just 10 grams of fiber a day can reduce your risk for colorectal cancer by 10 percent. You'll find fiber in whole grain breads, cereals, oatmeal and beans.

Eating fruits and veggies can help prevent colorectal cancerPile on the produce.
Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Try deep green/cruciferous veggies and red and orange fruits. continue reading ...

Tags: diet , fiber , red meat , risk factors , smoking | Posted in: Colon Cancer

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