What You Should Know About Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

Question: What is the most common type of cancer in the United States? If you guessed skin cancer, you are correct. It is the most common type of cancer with more cases diagnosed each year than all other cancers combined. The good news is that for non-melanoma skin cancers, the death rate is low thanks … Continued

Five Tips to Reduce Risk for Breast Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. You can’t control some risk factors, such as family history, genetics and ethnicity.  However, you can influence others by following these lifestyle tips: Maintain a healthy weight – Adults should aim to keep … Continued

Are Men at Risk for Breast Cancer?

When most men think about breast cancer, they think about it in terms of the women in their life. But did you know men can also get breast cancer? Even though men typically don’t develop breasts like women, they still have breast tissue. And in some men, cancer may develop in this tissue over time. … Continued

Colonoscopy: What to Expect Before, During and After

“The prep will be awful.” “This is going to hurt.” “It’s dangerous.” These are some of the most common misconceptions about a colonoscopy. The truth is that it’s a safe, minimally invasive procedure that significantly reduces the risk of colon cancer. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. … Continued

Abdominal Cancer Patients Live Longer With HIPEC

Until recently, advanced cancers in the abdominal cavity – such as appendix, colon, mesothelioma and ovary – were difficult to treat effectively. But thanks to hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy – known as HIPEC – people with these cancers are experiencing better treatment outcomes. During HIPEC, surgeons remove as much of the cancerous tissue as possible before … Continued

Five Tips to Improve Prostate Health

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men. The good news is that there’s a lot you can do to keep your prostate healthy. Understanding your risk for prostate cancer is a good start. A few factors that may increase your risk include: Being 50 years of age or older African-American race … Continued

Maria’s Story: Beating Breast Cancer

Chicagoland resident Maria Westphal was taking a swim on a sunny Tuesday afternoon when she first noticed something didn’t feel right between her breast and armpit. “If I hadn’t gone in the pool that day, I wouldn’t have noticed it,” says Maria. “I kept moving my arm and wondering if something was really there. Because … Continued

A Guide to Breast Self-Exams

Finding a lump is the most recognizable breast cancer symptom. But there are additional signs to watch for to help detect cancer during its earliest stages. One of the simplest ways to detect breast cancer is to conduct a monthly breast self-exam. There are three main methods: In the shower – Move the pads of … Continued

Detecting Breast Cancer During the Earliest Stages

According to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, there will be 266,120 new breast cancer cases diagnosed in women in the United States in 2018. The good news is that newer and better imaging tests are helping detect cancer during its earliest – and most treatable – stages. Finding breast cancer during its earliest … Continued