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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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How It Works:  Sunscreen

06/09/2014 | Cancer

It’s at our side throughout the summer or else we pay dearly for it. Many of us have known for most of our lives that sunscreen prevents sunburns, which can cause skin cancer. But what do you really know about those tubes of ointment and how they work? Dr. Lawrence Mark, dermatologist at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center, breaks it down: What is sunscreen? Sunscreen is any product that helps to reduce or limit exposure to ultraviolet radiation. This can be in the form of a protective film,…

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Infusion Therapy

05/29/2014 | Cancer

What services do cancer infusion centers offer? Cancer infusion centers offer chemotherapy, immunotherapy (medications that can help the immune system), biologic therapy (medications that target specific proteins involved in cancer), hydration as well as any additional care that a patient may need for fighting cancer.  Patients have access to comprehensive cancer services, including prevention and early-detection screening programs, education and support services and clinical trials. Who will…

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Survive and Thrive

05/22/2014 | CommunityCancer

Who are Cancer Survivors? The term cancer survivor refers to a person who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis throughout his or her life.   How many Cancer Survivors are in the U.S.? Currently there are 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States, and that number is estimated to rise to 18 million by 2022.  This increase in survival rate is largely due to improved identification of cancers that can sometimes be found early by screening, improvement and development…

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The Truth About Mammograms

05/20/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansCancer

While regular mammograms are a recommended part of preventive healthcare, some women delay scheduling them for a variety of reasons. Understanding the facts – and dispelling the myths – of mammography can help relieve anxiety and shed light on why undergoing regular screening mammograms is so important. Family history – Most women diagnosed with breast cancer – nearly 85 percent – have no family history of the disease. If breast cancer does run in your family, you’re…

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Skin Cancer

05/08/2014 | CancerEvents

What is skin cancer and how do I get it?  Skin cancer is like any other cancer, a cell that becomes damaged and begins to rapidly reproduce abnormally.  We develop non-melanoma skin cancers because we have damaged our skin with excessive sun exposure.  Melanoma cannot only be caused by UV light exposure such as natural sunlight and tanning bed use but can be hereditary.  The majority of skin cancers that are treated are caused by sun damage. How did I damage my skin with sun when…

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