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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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Prostate Cancer Screening: Make an Informed Decision

09/17/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

(This is the 2nd in a special two-part series discussing Prostate Cancer. See Part 1 of the series here.) What is a PSA test? This test measures the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) – a protein produced by cells in the prostate – in the blood. High levels of PSA can indicate prostate cancer, but may also be caused by non-cancerous conditions such as inflammation or enlargement of the prostate. Until recently, most experts encouraged annual PSA screening for all men beginning at…

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New Screening Technique May Detect Lung Cancer Earlier

09/03/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death not only in the United States, but also among Hoosiers. According to the Indiana Cancer Consortium, both the incidence rate and mortality rate of lung cancer in Indiana are well above the national averages by 15 percent and 16 percent, respectively, accounting for more than 4,000 Hoosier deaths in 2008 alone. This particular cancer is so deadly because it’s often not caught until a later stage, when the cancer has grown and spread to other parts…

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What to Know About Prostate Cancer

09/01/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

(This is the 1st in a special two-part series discussing Prostate Cancer. See Part 2 of the series here.) September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and as the most common cancer among men – and the second leading cause of cancer death among men – we’re here to answer the most frequently asked questions. What is prostate cancer? It is a cancer that develops in the prostate, an exocrine gland in the male reproductive system. Some forms are aggressive, but some grow slowly and…

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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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