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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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CA Law Bans Minors From Tanning Beds, Should You Consider The Same Rule For Your House?

11/04/2011 | Treatments & ServicesCancerWellnessSafety

As the days are getting shorter and winter approaches, you might be thinking of ways to hang on to summertime fun. You may even be thinking about visits to a tanning bed. Well, there are some facts you should know about the risks of tanning and the new laws being implemented in some states. Beginning January 1, 2012, anyone under the age of 18 living in California will not be allowed to visit a tanning bed. This is a change in previous state law where 15-17 year olds could use a tanning salon with…

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What You Need To Know About Pancreatic Cancer

11/02/2011 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and it is a sad truth that awareness for the disease may be unusually high due to two high profile deaths from the disease in recent weeks. Former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, died after a long battle against pancreatic cancer in October, and Ralph Steinman won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine just three days after his death as a result of pancreatic cancer. The passing of these two men highlights how dangerous pancreatic cancer can be. Because the pancreas,…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/02/2011 | Cancer

Millions of women owe a great deal to a woman they've never met. In 1980, Susan G. Komen died from breast cancer at the young age of 36, just three years after being diagnosed. Her sister Nancy promised Susan that she would do whatever it took to eliminate breast cancer. In 1982 Nancy formed the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, known today as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to help bring awareness to women dealing with breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, estimated…

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

09/21/2011 | Cancer

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Indiana University Health is at the forefront of getting the word out about the importance of men being screened for prostate cancer. It may not be something men want to talk about, but the numbers don't lie. According to the American Cancer Society, about 240,890 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and about 33,720 men will die from prostate cancer in 2011. Here are some more numbers from the American Cancer Society to keep in mind:…

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