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A routine mammogram detected Kelly's breast cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 6/7/2016 10:00:00 PM

Routine mammograms save lives

Kelly Frakes is diligent about her mammograms. Since 1988, she has worked with her OB/GYN physician to keep healthy and to bring three beautiful baby girls into the world. On her physician's recommendation, Kelly scheduled an annual exam and mammogram.

When her physician retired, she let her annual appointment lapse. It was some time before Kelly scheduled an appointment for her mammogram at Community Hospital North. A few days after that appointment, she received a call asking her to come in again.

Her cancer diagnosis came as a surprise

As Kelly walked into her follow-up appointment, she did not feel apprehensive. She knew there was no history of breast cancer on either side of her family. However, during her appointment, the physician and nurse told Kelly they found something on her mammogram and would like to schedule a biopsy immediately. continue reading ...

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

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 Wei, oncologistWe 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 ...

Tags: Dr. Jack Wei , lung cancer , smoking | Posted in: Cancer Care

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