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Colonoscopies are life savers

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  In 2015, there were an estimated 132,000 new cases of colon cancer and almost 50,000 people died from colon cancer in the United States. However, despite these statistics, the good news is people are living longer, and there are more colon cancer survivors than ever before, mostly due to early screenings like colonoscopies. […]

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How does family history translate against gender?

Filip Troicki, MD, MBA When a healthcare provider looks at a family’s medical history to determine whether the cancer in a family is hereditary, he or she starts by asking the following questions: How many people in the family have cancer? What type(s) of cancer are present in the family? Is there someone who has […]

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If your estrogen level goes down after menopause why do some doctors prescribe estrogen which you are saying higher levels of estrogen causes cancer?

Filip Troicki, MD, MBA Estrogens are a group of hormones that play an important role in the normal sexual and reproductive development in women. They are also sex hormones. The woman’s ovaries make most estrogen hormones, although the adrenal glands and fat cells also make small amounts of the hormones. In addition to regulating the […]

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Does environment cause cancer in different regions in the U.S.?

Filip Troicki, MD, MBA Environment definitely plays a role of types of cancer in a specific region. Lung cancer is the highest in Wisconsin for a couple of reasons. One, there is a significant amount of people still smoking in Wisconsin, and as winter approaches more people are smoking in enclosed areas like their cars […]

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Exercise as a cancer prevention tool?

Filip Troicki, MD, MBA Did you know that exercise can be used as an effective preventive tool against breast, colon, uterine, lung and prostate cancers? Yes, that’s true! One-third of all cancers are linked to diet and physical activity. But, more than 50 percent of Americans don’t engage in regular exercise. As we age, there […]

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What Google can’t tell you about breast cancer

What is the first thing that a lady may do when diagnosed with breast cancer – you got it, google “breast cancer.” This is the main thing that I always tell my patients not to do and why? Breast cancer comes in many different shapes and sizes. There are so many characteristics that factor into […]

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Do mammograms hurt?

Most women would say that a mammogram is uncomfortable as opposed to being painful. Remember that compression is needed in order to see all your breast tissue properly.  Although everyone‘s breast tissue is different and some may have more discomfort than others, here are some ideas to help decrease the discomfort. Try to schedule your […]

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What’s behind that radiation door?

Written by: Filip Troicki, MD If you have ever visited the Agnesian Cancer Center, you may have asked yourself: “What’s behind that radiation door?” If you never had the opportunity to visit the Agnesian Cancer Center, I’m referring to the milky door in the radiation department behind which patients disappear and then re-appear a few […]

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Sunburn still common in our country

This is a great time to be outdoors, doing the things you love to do. Taking care of your skin while enjoying the outdoors is important. Michael Tjoelker, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, suggests the following research showing the importance of protecting yourself from the harmful effects of the […]

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Pink Glove Dance final filming date

It’s time to pull out your favorite dancing shoes, dust them off and dance like there’s no tomorrow. And, the good news is that your efforts will help raise breast cancer awareness and early detection. Agnesian HealthCare is almost finished filming for its entry in the 2015 Pink Glove Dance nationwide video competition. More than 200 Agnesian […]

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