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How are breast ultrasounds different from digital mammography?

Mammograms are the “gold standard” for breast cancer screening.  Other modalities such as ultrasound and MRI can be used as an adjunct in order to determine if an abnormality seen on mammography is suspicious for a malignancy or not.   Some abnormalities seen on mammograms need to be imaged by ultrasound in order to determine if […]

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Why is knowing your family history important?

One of the number one risk factors for developing specific cancers is a positive family history.  Talking with a genetics professional about your family history of cancers could result in consideration of genetic testing.  If a genetic mutation is found, it can greatly increase your risk of developing a cancer in your lifetime.  Knowledge is […]

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Early detection is key in colorectal cancer

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. Dr. Richard […]

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So What’s the Difference?

Radiologist to radiation oncologist to medical oncologist Often times we hear the names of specialty physicians in conversations and it can become very confusing. Without understanding the differences between all the different “ologist’s,” their titles are often misunderstood and when used inappropriately can really change the context of the conversation. So, here is the 101 on cancer […]

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New Genetic Test Helps Identify Aggressive Prostate Cancer

Researchers are developing a new genetic test that will one day help physicians identify men with prostate cancer that are at high risk for reoccurrence or metastatic spread of their disease. About 30 to 50 percent of prostate cancers are aggressive and may be undertreated leading to their prostate cancer popping up again in the […]

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Cell phones and brain tumors: are they related?

Over the years, there have been conflicting studies on whether or not cell phones cause brain tumors.  New research once again finds that long-term cell phone use is associated with increased risk for some types of brain tumors. The latest study published in Pathophysiology on October 28 revealed that brain tumor risk increases with the […]

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The Power of Broccoli to Fight Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States.  Most cases of skin cancer are caused from over exposure to the damaging rays of the sun.  Most people apply sunblock with a high SPF to protect their skin from the damaging rays of the sun.  An exciting new study is looking at […]

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Precise cancer treatment option

In January 2015, the Agnesian Cancer Center will begin clinically using the Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator.  The TrueBeam is one of the most technologically advanced radiation treatment machines used in today’s cancer treatment.  The TrueBeam offers physicians several imaging options which allow them to see the area that needs to be treated and align the […]

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Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen in the Winter

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean it’s time to put away the sunblock. You may be at increased risk of sun damage to your skin if you enjoy outdoor winter sports. Some factors that increase risk of sun damage to your skin include skiing and snowboarding at high altitudes. The UV radiation from the sun […]

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Colon cancer in Wisconsin

Colon cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in the State of Wisconsin.  The good news is, some colon cancers can be prevented with proper tests and screening.  There are several different screening procedures available for patients. Colonoscopies -Considered the gold standard because the procedure allows physicians to see inside the entire colon, if there […]

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