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Should all women get tested for the BRCA mutation?

Written by Cancer Care Team on 3/27/2015 2:30:00 PM

High-profile cases such as Angelina Jolie’s have shed light on genetic mutations that can lead to cancer.

Group of women smiling Jolie recently announced her decision to undergo preventive surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes after genetic testing revealed she has the BRCA1 mutation.

BRCA stands for breast cancer susceptibility genes, a class of genes that are tumor suppressors. Mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have been linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. continue reading ...


7 ways to prevent colon cancer

Written by Cancer Care Team on 3/2/2015 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. continue reading ...

Tags: cancer , colon cancer , fiber | Posted in: Cancer Care

New screening guidelines for cervical cancer

Written by OB and Maternity Care Team on 1/16/2015 3:00:00 PM

The Pap test has been used as the standard screening for cervical cancer. However, two leading medical organizations recommend that an alternative be used.

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology and the American Society for Colpscopy and Cervical Pathology released a report that encourages doctors to use the HPV test in place of the Pap test to screen for cancer. continue reading ...


10 common lung cancer questions

Written by Cancer Care Team on 10/10/2014 6:00:00 AM

Dr. Jack WeiWe sat down with radiation oncologist and certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician, Dr. Jack Wei, to discuss questions surrounding the relationship between smoking and lung cancer.

  1. Is there a link between lung cancer and smoking?
  2. Yes, smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer. There can be other factors, but this is the number one cause. continue reading ...

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When should I get a mammogram?

Written by Cancer Care Team on 10/5/2014 6:00:00 AM

Claudia Davis, RN, OCN, CBCN, is an oncology nurse navigator at Community Health Network.

Claudia DavisThere is a lot of information about mammograms available to women, but sorting through the information can be overwhelming. Claudia Davis, registered nurse and manager of the nurse navigator program at Community Healthy Network, answered some of the most common questions about mammograms.

What exactly is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray exam of the breasts to look for abnormalities. The results are recorded on x-ray film or directly into a computer for a radiologist to examine. A mammogram allows the doctor to have a closer look for changes in breast tissue that cannot be felt during a breast exam. continue reading ...

Tags: breast cancer , mammogram | Posted in: Cancer Care

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