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Ask the Expert: Cervical Cancer Awareness

01/30/2015 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Dr. Daniela Matei, medical oncologist at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Globally, it’s a common disease, ranking 7th among all cancers with over 500,000 women diagnosed ever year. In the United States, incidents are fewer—approximately 12,000 new cases diagnosed each year—but African American women are succumbing to the disease more often than any other minority. Dr. Daniela Matei, medical oncologist at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center, answers questions about the disease. What is cervical cancer? Cervical…

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Mother saves daughter’s life with lung scan

11/26/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Debbie Kern (left) and her mother, Carol Roudebush Swaynie.

Deborah Kern has been a smoker for 44 years. The 61 year-old from Noblesville, Ind., had begun to develop a nagging cough that concerned her family – particularly her 82 year-old mother, Carol Roudebush Swaynie. “Debbie’s smoking has been a concern of mine for some time and although we’d talked about it, it was never resolved,” said Carol. “One day I picked up the newspaper and it changed our lives.” An avid reader, Carol saw an advertisement in the newspaper…

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Lung Cancer Screenings

11/20/2014 | WellnessCancer

Why is it important to increase awareness for lung cancer? November is lung cancer awareness month, which is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.  It is responsible for more deaths than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.  In 2013, Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital treated nearly 160 cases of lung cancer.  The majority of these cases were advanced stage disease. Why lung cancer screening? The National Cancer Institute found the number of deaths…

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John’s Breast Cancer Journey

10/20/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

John & Cathy Danyluk

When John Danyluk noticed a lump on the left side of his chest while showering, he didn’t think much of it. Like many people, he wrote it off as a harmless mole or cyst, which usually turned out to be benign. He ignored the lump for two years. After encouragement from his wife Cathy, he asked his physician about it. The doctor immediately ordered a mammography and biopsy, which determined that John had invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer. And in the two years he…

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Breast Cancer Awareness

10/02/2014 | CancerWomen's Health

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women.  This is a special concern as research continues to find new ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer.  It is important to stay informed so decisions about health can be made. How do women keep up-to-date on all the new research and advances in breast health? Working with your healthcare professional is the first step.  Another strategy to stay updated is to look deeper into the information rumored…

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness, Time to Start the Conversation

09/25/2014 | CancerUrology

How many men does prostate cancer affect each year? In 2014, there will be roughly 233,000 cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the US.  Prostate cancer is more common in older men – most often diagnosed in men over 65.  Prostate cancer can be very a serious illness; however, most men do not die from prostate cancer.  In fact, it is estimated there are more than 2.5 million men diagnosed with prostate cancer still alive today. What does a prostate screening entail? National…

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Sickle Cell Anemia

09/18/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

The exact number of people living with sickle cell disease in the United States is unknown, but it is estimated that it affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What is sickle cell anemia? Sickle cell anemia is a form of anemia, which is a condition where there are not enough healthy red blood cells to carry enough oxygen throughout the body. Normally, red blood cells move easily through the blood vessels. In sickle cell anemia, the red blood cells…

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What You Need to Know About HPV

08/28/2014 | CancerWomen's Health

What is HPV? HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is a sexually transmitted infection that causes oral and anogenital disease in both males and females, including some types of cancer.   In particular, it is responsible for almost all cases of cervical cancer in women and is the most common cause of anogenital warts.  There are several subtypes of the HPV virus, some of which are more likely to cause cancer than others. What are the signs and symptoms of HPV infection? Most patients with HPV…

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When heartburn is esophageal cancer

07/31/2014 | Cancer

Jay Renberger used to frequently wake up throughout the night to pop antacid tablets. His heartburn and stomach issues were constant. Like many people, he thought he simply suffered from nagging heartburn. The 48-year-old father of two from Walkerton, Ind., didn’t realize that what he was experiencing was far more serious than acid reflux: he was diagnosed with early stage esophageal cancer. Jay was given about five years to live if he didn’t take action. “The diagnosis was overwhelming,”…

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The HPV Vaccine: Safeguard Your Daughters and Sons from Certain Cancers.

06/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCancerIU Health Physicians

When all children and young adults are vaccinated, we can eradicate certain forms of cancer caused by HPV, or human papillomavirus. Yet some parents are not availing themselves of this medical advancement to protect their children. Some sobering statistics. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects more than six million people in the United States every year. It is the most common STI and is responsible for over 70 percent of cervical cancers in women and more than half of other…

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