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Bone Marrow Donors: Why Race Counts

08/25/2013 | Cancer

When it comes to blood donations, finding a match can be as simple as A, B, O. But finding a bone marrow donor for a patient with a life-threatening blood cancer like leukemia or myeloma is far more complex. This is especially true for African-Americans and other patients from under-represented populations. Out of the 10.5 million members on the Be The Match nationwide bone marrow donor registry, only about 7 percent are African American. This makes it much more difficult for an African-American…

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2013 Cancer Survivor’s Symposium: Health, Education And Butterflies

06/10/2013 | Cancer

No one should have to fight cancer alone. Connecting peers with similar experiences is one of the goals of the 9th Annual Cancer Survivor’s Symposium on Saturday, June 15th. The free event, sponsored by Indiana University Health and hosted by the Cancer Support Community of Central Indiana, aims to connect cancer survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals with peers, while encouraging education and exercise. A panel of IU Health cancer experts from the IU Health Simon Cancer Center…

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Sun Safety and Skin Cancer

05/24/2013 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

The month of May not only signals Memorial Day and the Indianapolis 500 race, but the sunny weather also means it’s Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Awareness Month. More than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. To prepare you for your upcoming summer days in the sun, Dr. Lawrence Mark, a dermatologist with the IU Health Simon Cancer Center, discusses what you need to know…

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Becoming a Previvor

05/16/2013 | Cancer

Prior to Angelina Jolie’s op-ed in the New York Times, announcing her decision to opt for a prophylactic (preventative) double mastectomy, few had probably even considered this topic as a means of preventing breast cancer. Within hours, the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes—identifiers for increased risk of breast cancer—became common topics of conversation. What Jolie has done by penning a 954-word opinion piece on her decision—the mastectomy reduced her risk for breast cancer from 87…

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Breast Cancer Prevention

04/19/2013 | CancerVolunteer

Assess Your Risk Fear is a common feeling for women with a family history of breast cancer. At IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, counselors and physicians are on hand to listen to your concerns, help you learn about more about breast cancer prevention and alleviate your fear. You may already know that several risk factors may increase your likelihood of developing breast cancer, including: • A family history of breast cancer • Previously having breast cancer yourself •…

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Breast Cancer Prevention

04/18/2013 | Cancer

For women who have a complete or partial mastectomy (lumpectomy) due to breast cancer,  reconstructive surgery may improve both physical appearance and psychological well-being. Today, there are many options available for reconstruction. A new breast can be recreated at the time of mastectomy or delayed until later. IU Health offers the most advanced reconstruction techniques, including one-step implant placement and deep  inferior epigastric perforator flaps (DIEP), which uses tissue flaps…

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Think Pink: Get Screened

04/16/2013 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Nearly 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year. That’s a humbling thought, but in fact breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. That’s why it’s never been more important to schedule your breast cancer screening. At IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, prevention and early detection of breast cancer is our focus.  We offer a variety of advanced technologies and screening services for detecting…

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Cancer Prevention Starts With You

02/15/2013 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

It’s true there is no sure way to prevent cancer, but there are ways to reduce our risk. February is National Cancer Prevention Month and a terrific time to take a look at our lifestyle choices and schedule important cancer screenings with our health care provider. Your cancer risk is affected by factors you can control, and some that you can not control. External factors, such as smoking tobacco, can be avoided. Internal factors, such a hormones or inherited cell mutations, are beyond our…

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The Skinny on Obesity and Cancer Risk

01/29/2013 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

According to recent reports, 30 percent of adults in Indiana – or nearly 1.8 million people – are considered obese, meaning their body mass index (BMI) is 30 or greater. And these numbers are expected grow, putting Hoosiers at risk of developing numerous cancers such as esophageal, breast, endometrial (lining of the uterus), colon and rectum, kidney, pancreas, thyroid, gallbladder and possibly ovarian, liver and some types of leukemia and lymphoma. “We know that approximately two-thirds…

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Determining Your Breast Cancer Risk

10/22/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

October means lots of pink ribbon sightings in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For all women, breast cancer risk increases with age. That’s why it’s important to schedule annual mammograms beginning at age 40 – earlier if you have a family history of the disease. Yearly mammograms are one of the best ways to identify breast cancer in the earliest stages when it’s most treatable and often curable. Women frequently ask the difference between “screening”…

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