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Ovarian Cancer, There Is No App for That

Ovarian cancer is often the result of lifestyles like cigarette smoking, obesity, use of an intrauterine device, or IUD, and estrogen-based hormone therapy. Other factors include polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, which is a genetic failure, and the menopause that comes with aging. The latter two are inevitable and possibly unavoidable.   Exposure to chemicals…




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Lung Cancer: When You Should Play Doctor

Doctors strongly advise against it, and cancer specialists, or oncologists, are highly opposed, but sometimes patients can “play doctor” when it comes to the early detection of cancer.  As the Cancer Family Network notes, this type of proactive behavior helps potential cancer victims by recognizing signs and symptoms. These, in turn, can help doctors and…




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The Surprising Role That Mindset Plays In Cancer Healing

If you’ve ever been diagnosed with cancer, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with a diagnosis. It may feel like a death sentence. Fear and panic set in and you feel overwhelmed. Desperation can lead to negative thoughts which breed words and actions. It is normal to be scared, but a positive mindset is essential to…




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5 Cancer Myths

Cancer is scary. And when people get scared, they don’t always think clearly. This frantic thinking can lead to some strange ideas. With the internet, there’s not much standing in the way of people publicly expressing bad ideas and spreading bad information. Bad information has a habit of sticking around long after the experts have…




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5 Ways to Stay Healthy with Cancer

Being diagnosed with cancer of any kind can be incredibly overwhelming. You might feel helpless or sometimes even completely defeated. One thing that you can take charge of during this time is your lifestyle. You have control of what you do with your body, and sometimes that in itself can be mood altering. Whether you’ve…




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Plant a “Cancer Fighting” Garden

  With summer in full force, nothing can be more relaxing and beneficial to your health than growing a garden. Despite what many may think, you don’t need a degree in horticulture or even a green thumb to successfully plant a garden. Whether you’re trying to prevent cancer or are fighting cancer, your diet should…




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Taking Care of Yourself After a Cancer Diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis of an stage can be overwhelming and life changing. After you’ve received your diagnosis, met with countless doctors, and are told of your treatment plan, you may be left with your head full of “what ifs” and “what now”? You may have been told what to expect, how you may feel, and…




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Healing: A Healthy Approach

A cancer diagnosis is undoubtedly the most difficult news anyone can receive. A diagnoses forever changes a person’s life and affects everyone around them. Yet the greatest pressure falls on the patient, who ultimately has to make the decisions on what they will do on their healing journey. A patient should seek the advice of…




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The Odds of Being Diagnosed Cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates that a total of 1.68 Million males and females will contract cancer in the year 2016. This is a small addition to a population that already suffers greatly from cancer. However, a look into the factors that can cause cancer can help some people prevent the occurrence of cancer by…



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How to Talk to Someone with Cancer

When you encounter someone who is diagnosed with cancer, it’s natural to not know how to respond. Whether you’re struggling to find the right words to say to a loved one or you don’t know how to react to the news from a co-worker, you may be left speechless and feeling like you’re in the…




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Research Breakthrough in Cancer

Recently, a research was published by the staff at the University of Copenhagen that sounded too good to be true; the invention of a cancer treating drug with the potential of killing nine in ten cancers. If this were true, it would represent the biggest breakthrough in medicine in the past hundred years. Not to…




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Deadliest Cancers Known to Mankind

Cancer is the second leading cause of death among adults. The disease is affecting thousands of men and women all across the world. The fear that arises among people is due to the deadly nature of cancer. It is the type of disease that even after being diagnosed early and being given advanced treatment, still…




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Cancer Fighting Initiatives

Regardless of where you might stand when it comes to cancer, it is undeniable that this disease can be extremely deadly and induce a great amount of pain both physically and emotionally. Other than slowing down its progress, and killing off the cancer cells gradually through radiation treatment, there is no real cure to cancer….




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Cancer Treatment: Cannabis vs. Chemotherapy

For years, chemotherapy has been prescribed to fight and kill cancerous cells in a variety of individuals diagnosed with cancer. While some individuals, who receive chemotherapy treatment, have little to no side effects, others feel worse while undergoing chemotherapy than without the treatment.   Common unpleasant side effects from chemotherapy may occur from the drug…




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Precision Medicine: a New Tool in Cancer Prevention

Precision medicine is a new high tech medical movement. Endorsed by the Obama administration and the world’s top physicians, this emerging approach to health uses cutting edge technologies to allow physicians to take the entire person into account when treating illness. Precision medicine covers many topics and technologies, including genetic testing, lifestyle analysis, and environmental…




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Gerson Therapy – What You Need To Know

Cancer is a serious health issue. It should be treated immediately. It requires serious attention and medications. If your loved one has cancer, you need to know about the Gerson therapy. If you believe in natural healing, you should consider this method of treatment, possibly in conjunction to the efforts that you may be currently…




How Exercising Can Benefit Cancer Treatment

  It is important that care is taken when one has been given a cancer diagnosis, or when they are undergoing treatment for it. According to many studies, one of the best ways to take care during cancer treatment is by remaining active physically. Although exercising when you’re not feeling your best might seem counter-intuitive,…




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Wine & Cancer Prevention

Red wine lovers may have another reason to celebrate. Not only has it been suggested that a glass of red wine a day can reduce risk of heart disease, but it may also aid in the prevention of certain cancers such as bowel cancer. Before you raise a glass for a toast, remember moderation, as…




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Sunburns and Cancer Risk

Most people who enjoy outdoor activity have been sunburned at least once in their lives. Sunburns are uncomfortable, even painful, and they can itch while they are healing, but they are not generally considered serious injuries. Although they may not seem serious, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation five or more sunburns can double a…




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Prenatal Testing May Detect Early Stage Maternal Cancer

Recent research published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Oncology has identified a new method by which doctors can identify maternal cancer. As with any cancer, early treatment will significantly increase the potential for a full recovery. Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT), used to identify chromosomal abnormalities in a fetus, can be analyzed to…




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Stay Safe from the Summer Sun

The Risks of Sun Exposure Though it sometimes feels like the beginning of summer almost begs us to lay out in the sunshine for hours without a care in the world, it’s not a good idea. Sunlight does have its benefits, but in excess, it’s a tricky enemy. It’s no coincidence that most skin cancers…




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Cancer Scare – What Should I Do?

Receiving an early diagnosis of cancer, or even having your doctor order further determinative tests can be a shocking and terrifying situation. It can be difficult to focus on anything other than the possibility that you have cancer. Will you need surgery, chemo, or radiation? Has the disease advanced to a dangerous stage? If you…




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The Mesothelioma and U.S. Navy Connection

On October 13, 1775, the United States Continental Congress established the U.S. Navy, and since then men and women have been guarding our nation’s waters and protecting its citizens from potential threat. But, until the 1980s the ships our Navy crewmen called home also housed a danger that, although it has since been essentially eradicated,…




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Careers With High Chances of Asbestos Exposure

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer, usually diagnosed only in its final stages, when treatment options are very limited and the survival rate extremely low. Even now, there are certain careers that carry a higher risk of exposure to asbestos particles. Although use of asbestos is highly regulated in the USA, there are still…




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New Discovery Helps Us Understand How Cancer Works

Research conducted by a team from McGill University in Canada offers new hope in understanding how cancer cells migrate. This research could open the door to more effective treatments for certain types of cancers, particularly epithelial cancers (membranes in the body that form the covering of most internal and external surfaces of the body and…




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Hormone Replacement Therapy and Ovarian Cancer Can Be Linked

The symptoms of menopause can be debilitating and last for years, beginning with pre-menopause in some cases. According to Healthline, symptoms may include hot flashes, insomnia or trouble sleeping, urinary tract infections, skin, hair and tissue changes, and depression and mood swings, among other symptoms. As discussed on WebMD, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the…




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10 Surprising Facts About Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that affects the protective lining around the chest, abdominal or cardiac cavity. Mesothelioma usually results from exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a natural mineral that has been used in many products. It is a known human carcinogen. Asbestos becomes extremely dangerous when its microscopic fibers are released into…




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You Are Your Best Healthcare Advocate

Early detection of cancer is crucial to developing and implementing the best treatment plan for putting cancer in remission and increasing chances of recovery. A delay in making the correct diagnosis of cancer, on the other hand, can greatly reduce the likelihood of survival. Cancer in a more advanced stage will likely require harsher treatments…




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Parenting with Cancer: How Do You Tell the Kids?

When a parent is diagnosed with cancer, his first thought is not of himself, but his children. How does he tell them? Regardless of the type or severity of the cancer, it is a terrifying word for children to hear relative to the health of their parents. While parents may not be able to prevent…




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Risk Factors for Developing Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that affects the protective lining of the lungs. In rare cases, the cancer may develop in the abdominal cavity or cardiac cavity. The primary cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. People who have been exposed to asbestos dust in a workplace are most at risk of developing…




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Patients Can Play Role in Early Detection of Lung Cancer

With November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month, it is a good time to learn more about risk factors for this disease, its signs and symptoms and the ways it can be diagnosed. After all, a knowledgeable patient can help his or her doctors to detect lung cancer at an early stage and avoid the tragic…




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7 Steps to Help Your Doctor Diagnose Cancer Correctly

A cancer diagnosis turns your life upside down. But when a doctor fails to diagnose cancer correctly, the resulting misdiagnosis may either rob you of valuable time you need to beat the disease or, conversely, subject you to expensive, unnecessary and even harmful treatments for a disease you don’t have. Nobody knows how many cancer…




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More Clinical Trials Should be Open to Mesothelioma Research

Rare diseases like mesothelioma lack specific treatments. While the government’s Orphan Drug Program encourages research into rare diseases and fast-tracks many of them, most research focuses on diseases that impact more patients. But mesothelioma patients and their families should take heart in new approaches to cancer treatments that show a pretty good track record so…




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Woman’s Tragic Story Illustrates Costs of Cancer Misdiagnosis

A woman’s tragic story, recently reported by the Associated Press, underscores the significant emotional and economic costs that can result from a misdiagnosis of cancer. Her story also points to the need for patients to get a second opinion after a diagnosis in order to make fully informed choices. According to the Associated Press, doctors…




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Mesothelioma, the Best-Known Orphan Disease

Mesothelioma is perhaps the best-known orphan disease in the nation, thanks to marketing campaigns designed for people exposed to asbestos. Asbestos is a chemical once used in materials present at practically every construction, shipbuilding, and military site from the late 1800s until the 1980s. It came from mines; according to the information company ProQuest/CSA, there…




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Misdiagnoses Frequent Cause of Malpractice Suits

When your child grows ill, you take it seriously and may head to the hospital for help. But a 6-year-old New York girl’s trip to the doctor resulted in a tragic misdiagnosis, one that led to wrongful death litigation. We rely on doctors to know what to do when someone is sick or in pain….




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Cancer Awareness – Depiction on TV and in the Movies

Killing over a half million people every year, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Organizations such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation, raise hundreds of millions of dollars each year for cancer research. But, what about the media? More specifically, what is Hollywood- that all powerful entity capable of…




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Make Your Voice Heard: Write Your State Rep. & Demand Road Safety

Distracted driving, impaired driving and speeding are the main causes of car accidents on U.S. roads. But, there’s something else at play, too – road hazards. Covered or missing street signs, unmarked ditches, potholes, and intersections that would benefit from a stop light are all common safety concerns. Fortunately, there is something you can do…




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Is New York Failing its Seniors?

Is it really safe to place an elderly parent or relative in a nursing home in New York?  New York received a failing grade in a recent survey of elder care facilities nationwide. This – based partly on poor staffing and the frequency of injuries to nursing home residents. Only five states ranked lower than…




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Understanding Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer in the United States, with 72,570 new cases occurring in 2013, and more than 15,000 deaths in the same year. Though most types of bladder cancer are diagnosed early and can be treated, the disease has a high rate of recurrence, and patients in remission…




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Does the Alcoholics Anonymous Model Really Work?

Although we focus primarily on Cancer issues the purpose of our blog is to be an online beneficial resource. Because of this, and because of the prevalence of alcoholism, we thought it was important to look at this issue closer. Alcoholism is a serious disease that affects thousands of individuals around the world each year….




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Is a Living Will Right for the Cancer Patient?

Battling against cancer can often be a long and arduous process. Research suggests that those who have the most positive outlook often experience the best results when it comes to the treatment of cancer. And while most cancer patients do try to stay upbeat, it is hard not to think about death. Men and women…




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Scooters Across America To Raise Awareness For Breast Cancer

In an unprecedented trip from Oceanside, CA to New York City a couple of young men will be riding small freestyle scooters all the way across the country. Seth Groce and Adam Amick are both professional scooter riders who decided to take a 5 week journey with the support of a small crew and an…




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Cancer Treatment Options

Cancer is a serious health condition that afflicts millions of men and women around the United States each year. While it is not the “death sentence” that it was several decades ago, it can still be risky if not treated early. Fortunately, there are currently a number of cancer treatments available to those who have…




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Managing “Chemo Brain”

Men and women who hear the words “you have cancer” often feel like the floor is being swept out from under their feet. Being diagnosed with this condition is often described as one of the most difficult and stressful events that can occur in one’s life. For some, it is not the cancer diagnosis—but rather…




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A Short History of Cancer

  Many people think of cancer as a modern disease, but it’s not. You might be surprised at early knowledge and early treatments, and how they’ve both evolved. Here is a great short video on it.