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Screenings for Cervical Cancer

08/30/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Cervical cancer is cancer that starts in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the third most common type of cancer in women. Pap smears, if conducted at regular intervals, help detect abnormal cells before they can turn into cancerous cells. Cervical cancer usually develops at slowly. The first stage is a precancerous stage called dysplasia. Dysplasia can be detected through a Pap smear and is completely treatable and curable. It can take several years for the precancerous…

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Transforming Cancer Care

08/29/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Cancer. It’s a diagnosis that strikes fear in everyone. But thanks to an innovative way to recommend treatments, more and more cancer patients are going on to live long, healthy lives Via Oncology Pathways at Indiana University Health Cancer Centers  is a platform for standardizing evidence-based medicine. Pathways are treatment recommendations based on published data and information that are tailored to a patient's specific cancer type and stage of the disease. The program will be…

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Bev’s Story | Beating Breast Cancer

07/10/2012 | StoriesPatient StoriesTreatments & ServicesCancer

Bev Wagner knew the importance of regular check-ups to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is why every year for about the past 20 years, Bev visited her doctor for regular mammograms. However, after a regularly scheduled check-up Bev received a phone call immediately following her routine mammogram. Bev knew this wasn’t normal and something wasn’t right - she was correct. At the age of 73, Bev was diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is…

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Practicing Safe Sun

07/02/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

It’s summer! This means swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, moving the lawn, planting flowers and an abundance more of outdoor activities and chores. We all participate in many outdoor activities when it gets warm and sunny outside, but most of us do not take the time or think to stop and protect ourselves from the sun before we leave the house. "People may think they’re safe in more northern geographic regions such as Indiana," said Dr. William A. Wooden, a physician with the melanoma…

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Strength in Numbers

03/27/2012 | Cancer

When it comes to raising funds and awareness to fight breast cancer, the IU Health team rises to the challenge. In fact, often IU Health recruits one of the nation's largest race for the cure teams. Shirley Hofmann, one of the many IU Health team members participating in the Race for the Cure, became involved 14 years ago when she found out her niece had breast cancer. “Actually she was the first person I had ever known, personally, that had it. One of the guys at work was a team captain,…

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March is Colon Cancer Prevention month

03/14/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, when they are most likely to be curable. The uncertainty of the results of a screening test sometimes brings anxiety to the person in need of the test. Surprisingly, this anxiety may indeed make people shy away from having an important test that could save their lives otherwise, saying “I am fine and I do not need any test,” which translate into “I am scared of the results so, I do not want to have the test done.”…

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Bigger Than the Bowl: Indy’s Super Cure

01/25/2012 | Cancer

The biggest football game of the year isn’t the only Super event happening in Indianapolis! This weekend, Indy’s Super Cure is your chance to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. During January 28-29, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center will collect healthy breast tissue for cancer study and research. The Komen Tissue Bank is the first and only healthy breast tissue bank in the world. Studying tissue samples from women without breast…

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What Every Woman Should Know About Cervical Cancer

01/23/2012 | CancerWomen's Health

Cervical cancer can be prevented! Women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds are at risk for cervical cancer. Women who smoke, have their first sexual encounter at an early age, have multiple sexual partners, or are immune suppressed have a greater risk of developing cervical cancer. It’s important to know what you can do to reduce your risk of cervical cancer at every stage of life. Adolescent Early prevention can reduce the risk of cervical cancer. The cervical cancer vaccine, recommended for…

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Two Easy Steps to Prevent Cervical Cancer

01/20/2012 | CancerWomen's Health

Did you know the number one cause of cervical cancer is the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV? Human Papillomavirus is a family of viruses transmitted through sexual contact, including over 40 types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. Most types of HPV cause no symptoms and will go away on their own, but some types can cause pre-cancerous changes to the cervix (the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina), cervical cancer and other genital cancers. Anyone who has had, or…

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9 Ways to Love Your Lungs

11/07/2011 | Treatments & ServicesCancerWellness

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which means it’s time to think about what you can do to better love your lungs. The majority of people with lung cancer have it as a result of years of smoking. But it’s not just a disease of smokers. It’s been proven that non-smokers suffering from lung cancer generally have it due to second-hand smoke, although their tumors are genetically different than those who have smoked. Regardless of how it happens, lung cancer can be devastating.…

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