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Cheating Cancer

Posted 7/6/2017 by UHBlog

Cheating Cancer

Cancer screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early.

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Millennials and Colon Cancer

Posted 7/3/2017 by UHBlog

Millennials and Colon Cancer

A recent study shows that colorectal cancer is much more prevalent in millennials than previously thought. What are the signs, and what can you do to lower your risk?

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Worried About Lung Cancer?

Posted 6/28/2017 by UHBlog

Worried About Lung Cancer?

Low-dose computed tomography can detect lung cancer even before symptoms develop.

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Helping Your Teen Fight Cancer

Posted 6/9/2017 by UHBlog

Helping Your Teen Fight Cancer

Often caught between pediatric and adult oncology worlds, teen cancer patients face special challenges – but you can help them fight cancer successfully.

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Don’t Fear the Colonoscopy

Posted 4/18/2017 by UHBlog

Don't Fear the Colonoscopy

Educate yourself about what to expect…and why this test could save your life.

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Do Breast Self-Exams Pass the Test?

Posted 3/6/2017 by UHBlog

Do Breast Self-Exams Pass the Test?

Find out more about breast self-exams and their role in identifying breast cancer.

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When to See a Doctor about Moles and Changes in Your Skin

Posted 12/9/2016 by UHBlog

When to See a Doctor about Moles and Changes in Your Skin

How do you know when a mole needs to be checked by a dermatologist? Learn to recognize the signs.

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The Benefits of No-Shave November

Posted 10/20/2016 by UHBlog

The Benefits of No-Shave November

The purpose of the No-Shave November movement is to raise awareness and help fund prostate cancer research.

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Why You Need a Mammogram

Posted 9/23/2016 by UHBlog

Why You Need a Mammogram

Many women find reasons to avoid getting a mammogram – but there are many more reasons to avoid putting it off.

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Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

Posted 8/15/2016 by UHBlog

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

Concerned about technology affecting your child’s development?

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Prostate Exams: What You Need to Know

Posted 8/10/2016 by UHBlog

Prostate Exams: What You Need to Know

Catching and treating prostate cancer.

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted 3/10/2016 by UHBlog

Colorectal cancer in the third most common type of cancer in the U.S. This type of cancer starts in the colon or rectum, which are parts of the large intestine. Colorectal cancer often begins as a growth, called a polyp, in the inner wall of the colon or rectum; sometimes polyps become cancer over time. Finding and removing polyps can save lives and prevent colorectal cancer. People 50 years or older should be screened for colorectal cancer. To learn more about colon cancer and screening: T...

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Man vs. Beef: Is Red Meat the New Smoking?

Posted 1/25/2016 by UHBlog

Are you ready to make healthier food choices? We can help. A group of prominent health professionals has a beef with red meat and processed meat, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can never enjoy another lamb chop. The International Agency on Research of Cancer – an arm of the World Health Organization – released a document in October 2015 stating there is strong evidence processed meat increases the risk of cancer, and red meat probably increases the risk of cancer. &ldqu...

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Becoming a Parent after Cancer Treatment

Posted 12/3/2015 by UHBlog

More than ever, people with cancer need to think about life after treatment and having children. Over the last 20 years, the way cancer is found and treated has improved. People are being diagnosed younger and living longer. Certain types of surgery, chemo and radiation can make it hard or impossible to have a child later on. Studies suggest that about 75 percent of younger people with cancer would like to have children after treatment ends [1]. Yet, only about 30 percent talk to their cancer ...

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Cancer Patient Deals with the Fear by Focusing on the Future

Posted 11/2/2015 by UHBlog

Sue Bowman, a wife, mother and grandmother, talks about the fear she felt when she was originally diagnosed with throat cancer: her fear of not surviving, of enduring treatments that would make her even sicker, and the fear of the unknown. Understanding that her fears were normal for any cancer patient, Sue was able to deal with the fear by focusing on the future, and looking forward to the day when she would be cancer-free. To learn more about how UH Seidman Cancer Center can help patients a...

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A Caregiver’s Perspective on the Cancer Journey

Posted 11/2/2015 by UHBlog

When Bill Everett’s wife, Julie, was diagnosed with breast cancer, both of their lives changed in an instant. Bill talks about the journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival from the perspective of a husband and caregiver, and how it is equally important to remember to take care of yourself. To learn more about how UH Seidman Cancer Center can help patients and their families, visit our Support and Wellbeing section.

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Complementary Therapies and Integrative Medicine: Choices for Your Cancer Journey

Posted 10/12/2015 by UHBlog

Complementary therapies are health care practices that are not a part of standard medicine. Complementary therapies do not replace standard medicine but are used along with it. Integrative medicine describes standard medical treatment used along with complementary therapy. It is the pursuit of well-being regardless of the presence or absence of disease. Many complementary practices are used by cancer patients. The 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) showed that 63 percent of respondents...

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Breast Lumps: Myths and Facts

Posted 9/24/2015 by UHBlog

If you’re concerned about a lump you feel in your breasts, see us. With all the myths surrounding breast cancer, it’s little wonder that finding a breast lump might be one of your worst nightmares. But taking the time to learn the difference between myths and proven scientific facts about breast lumps can go a long way to calm you. To help ease your mind, breast imaging diagnostic radiologist Donna Plecha, MD sets straight some of the more common breast lump myths: Myth: All br...

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Standing up for her health: On a quest for answers, teen battles cancer and emerges victorious

Posted 9/23/2015 by UHBlog

Rachel Egler, MD, Director, Outpatient Services, Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine When Danielle Steele was 15 years old, she felt that something was not right. “I was really tired all the time,” she says. “I had night sweats, pain and enlarged lymph nodes in my neck, groin and armpits.” She quickly shed 20 pounds from h...

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September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Posted 9/18/2015 by UHBlog

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. SCD is estimated to affect 90,000 to 100,000 people in the United States. Although not a type of cancer, sickle cell disease is often treated by our doctors because it is a blood disorder. Sickle cell is a lifelong disease that can cause many problems such as painful crises, stroke and infections. Our monthly Sickle Cell Support Group offers support and education for people with sickle cell disease. Led by a social work...

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The Great Prostate Debate: Pros and Cons of Testing

Posted 9/16/2015 by UHBlog

If you’re an African American man, you’re at greater risk of being diagnosed with and dying from prostate cancer. Early detection for you – and all men – is key to beating this disease. Following skin cancer, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men, with nearly a quarter million new cases diagnosed every year. Fortunately, with early detection, prostate cancer is very treatable. According to urologist Lee Ponsky, MD, prostate cancer usually has ...

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Which Type of Mammogram is Right For You?

Posted 8/27/2015 by UHBlog

If you're wondering how a 3-D mammogram can improve your breast cancer screening experience, ask us. For years, the 2-D mammogram has been the stalwart screening tool proven to lower breast cancer deaths and illness rates. In fact, it has been called the gold standard in mammography. But now another piece of potent artillery has been added to the battle against breast cancer. In 2011, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center’s medical team, with the blessings of the FDA, introduced 3-D ...

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Can You Catch Anything from Your Antiperspirant and Other Breast Cancer Myths

Posted 7/28/2015 by UHBlog

Learn the truth about breast cancer risks, treatments, prevention and detection methods. Ask us. The fear of breast cancer keeps many women awake at night with scary, unwanted thoughts. And while it's true that one-eighth of all women will be diagnosed with this disease during their lifetime, the rumors and half-truths that surround breast cancer make it one of the most misunderstood illnesses. Although fear of the unknown is normal, knowledge is power, says breast imaging diagnostic radiologi...

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When Cancer Changes the Way You Look

Posted 6/29/2015 by UHBlog

Hair loss, skin changes, weight changes and being tired are side effects of cancer treatment that can change the way you look. Maybe you’ve noticed that people don’t look at you the same way that they used to, or that some people don’t even recognize you. Maybe you don’t want to go out much because you feel “ugly”, “fat”, “skinny” or “bald”. Do you wonder if you will ever feel comfortable with yourself or pretty again? Are ...

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Embracing the Beauty of Fall In Spite of Fatigue

Posted 6/22/2015 by UHBlog

Fatigue with its weary, heavy, worn out feeling doesn’t go away with the beauty of fall and changing of the seasons. Instead, dealing with fatigue can be even harder in the fall when days begin to get shorter and the weather gets cooler. Here are some ways to manage fatigue and enjoy the fall at the same time: Relax. On nice days sit outside in a comfortable chair and read a book or write in a journal. Take time to experience the sounds, smells and feeling of fall. Close your eyes then ...

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On the Labyrinth: Always the Correct Way

Posted 6/15/2015 by UHBlog

Did you know University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, on the main campus in Cleveland, Ohio, has a healing garden? The Schneider Healing Garden is a beautiful area in the middle of a noisy urban setting. It is surprisingly quiet and calming. In the center of the garden is an inlaid granite path. It is called a labyrinth. Unlike a maze that has dead ends and is made to confuse people, labyrinths have only one path that leads to the center. Our labyrinth is based on an 800-year-old design insi...

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3D Mammography Improves Cancer Detection

Posted 6/8/2015 by rgriffith

$(document).ready(function() { $('.youtube-lightbox').magnificPopup({ type: 'iframe', iframe: { patterns: { youtube: { src: '//www.youtube.com/embed/qgL1g3LXBvU?autoplay=1&rel=0' } } } }); }); One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Regular screening is key: The survival rate is 97 percent for early detection. The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 or over get an annual mammogram, which is an x-ray of the...

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New Breast Cancer Discovery at UH

Posted 6/1/2015 by UHBlog

Women with breast cancer are living longer these days – largely because of advances in treatment and therapy. One of these advances recently occurred at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, where researchers made a discovery about triple-negative breast cancer that may help predict how women with this type of cancer will respond to treatment. Triple-negative breast cancer occurs most commonly in younger women and African-American women, and it’s difficult to treat. “Tri...

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6 Ways to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

Posted 5/25/2015 by UHBlog

“One-eighth of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” warns Donna Plecha, MD, a radiologist specializing in breast cancer. “It’s the leading cause of cancer death in women.” Breast cancer can be hereditary – and you can’t change your genes – but there are many things you can control. Dr. Plecha offers her guidance for reducing your risk. 1. Cut the booze If you drink alcohol heavily, it’s time to revisit and revise you...

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Colon Cancer Rates Are On the Decline

Posted 5/18/2015 by UHBlog

Good news in the wake of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Colorectal cancer rates are down among older Americans. A new report from the American Cancer Society reveals that colon cancer incidence in people age 50 and older have fallen by 30 percent in the last decade. The decrease is especially pronounced in those over the age of 65. Research indicates the remarkable decline is due to the increased frequency of colonoscopy screenings, according to gastroenterologist, Gregory Cooper,...

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6 Biggest Myths About Colon Cancer

Posted 5/11/2015 by UHBlog

Myth 1: If you don’t have symptoms, you don’t need a screening. Truth: Gastroenterologist Gregory Cooper, MD, explains that colon cancer and most colon polyps don’t always produce symptoms in its early stages. Colon cancer occurs when a polyp in the lower bowel or large intestine develops into a tumor. “The vast majority of polyps,” says Dr. Cooper, “don’t cause symptoms and if removed could prevent cancer from spreading.” Myth 2: Colon cancer ...

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10 Tests Every Man Should Get

Posted 4/28/2015 by UHBlog

If you can’t remember the last time you saw your doctor, it’s probably time to schedule an appointment. Are you one of those guys who hasn't visited your doctor in years? You are not alone. Even though early detection saves lives, one-fourth of all men blow off seeing their doctors each year. But, considering the consequences of letting disease run amok, taking time out for those annual checkups should be a priority, says internal medicine specialist Roy Buchinsky, MD. While you may...

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African-Americans and Colon Cancer Risks

Posted 3/19/2015 by UHBlog

Read more about colon cancer prevention, risks and screening options. Did you know that African-Americans are more likely to develop colon cancer, get it at an early age, and are more likely to die of it, when compared with Caucasians? In fact, African-Americans have the highest rates of colon cancer of any ethnic group in the U.S. These differences hold up even when doctors consider social and economic differences among ethnic groups, such as access to health care. “The differences pers...

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To Colonoscopy – or Not to Colonoscopy

Posted 3/1/2015 by UHBlog

Did you know there are multiple colon cancer screening options besides colonoscopies? Move over colonoscopies. There are several good alternatives to screen for colon cancer, the third most common cancer in men and women. "With a colonoscopy, the major fears for most people are the prep and sedation," says gastroenterologist Gregory Cooper, MD. "They hear all these horror stories about what these involve." In fact, the full bowel prep required for a colonoscopy is getting easier, Dr. Cooper sa...

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March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Posted 2/26/2015 by UHBlog

Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cancer-related cause of death, and often has no symptoms? Or that 90 percent of people diagnosed are 50 and older? The good news is that when it is detected early with regular screenings, colon cancer has a 90 percent survival rate. Be proactive. There are several tests that can help diagnose colon cancer, but experts agree that a colonoscopy is the gold standard for early detection and prevention. During a colonoscopy, a doctor looks for po...

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Are You a Candidate for Lung Cancer Screening?

Posted 11/13/2014 by UHBlog

Make your appointment today. If you ever smoked – even for just a short time – you may worry about your risk of lung cancer. Depending on your smoking history and age, you could be a candidate for lung cancer CT screening. During the painless procedure, an imaging machine rotates around the body and takes multiple pictures of the lungs. “A CT scan is so sensitive, it can pick up very small nodules,” says thoracic surgeon Phillip Linden, MD. Nodules detected aren’...

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Prostate Cancer Screening: Pros and Cons

Posted 10/22/2014 by UHBlog

Find out if screening is the right choice for you More than 2.5 million men in the U.S. are living with prostate cancer. In 2014 alone, 233,000 American men are expected to receive a diagnosis of the disease and almost 30,000 will die of it. Public health officials continue to debate the value of prostate cancer screening – a test that measures the blood level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein that is produced by the prostate gland. The higher a man’s PSA level, the more...

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