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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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My Fight Against Breast Cancer - Jane Powers Shares Her Story

10/08/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

MY STORY In 1990, at age 39, I had my very first mammogram. Later that week, I was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer. I had a right mastectomy and thought I was home free. But in 1996, after experiencing shortness of breath, it was determined that the cancer had recurred in my lungs, changing my diagnosis to stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. For the past 16 years, my breast cancer has been held in check with various oral drugs. The side effects are not always pleasant, but doable; I still ride…

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Should You Get a Mammogram?

10/03/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCancerIU Health Physicians

News headlines continue to bring questions, confusion and controversy to the topic of whether mammogram testing should be performed and, if so, at what age. Also at question are whether screening mammograms are too high risk for carriers of the breast cancer genetic mutations BRCA1 and BRCA2. Dr. Lida Mina, co-director of the Breast Cancer High Risk Program, at the IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center helps us make sense of the confusion. What is a mammogram? A mammogram is a series of x-rays…

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Know the Basics of Prostate Cancer Screening

09/18/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCancerUrologyIU Health Physicians

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – a time to share information about the life-saving benefits of prostate cancer screening and early detection. Prostate cancer can only be cured if treated when the cancer is still contained within the prostate gland. Once the cancer spreads to lymph nodes or bones, it is treatable, but not curable. Prostate cancer screening is recommended annually beginning at age 50. Earlier screening is recommended for men with a family history of prostate cancer…

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