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Surgeon general declares skin cancer a major public health concern

Skin cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in the United States. About five million people are treated for skin cancer each year, and it is one of the most common types of cancer in young adults and adolescents. In Wisconsin, the number of men and women being diagnosed with melanoma cancer has been increasing. How [...]

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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related cancers and vaccinations in Wisconsin

HPV is a common virus among young adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about six million new cases of HPV occur annually. HPV infections that persist can turn into pre-cancer and even cancer. The CDC states that 91 percent of cervical and anal cancers, and 72 percent of mouth and throat cancer [...]

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The role of clinical trials at Agnesian HealthCare

In cancer research, clinical trials play an important role in the battle against the disease by evaluating new treatments and helping find ways to improve cancer care. This life-saving research is available at Agnesian Cancer Care Services through an affiliation with the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. The Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology is [...]

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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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Melanoma skin cancer cases on the rise in Wisconsin

It was recently reported by the Wisconsin Cancer Council that skin cancer cases are on the rise. Tanning beds alone can increase your risk of melanoma by 75% (for those that use them before the age of 35). Before you step into a tanning bed please consider that nothing increases your risk of skin cancer development, [...]

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How to fight fatigue when you have cancer

Fatigue is not the same as being tired. Fatigue is described as the whole body being tired which isn’t relieved by sleep. Cancer-related fatigue is one of the most common side effects of cancer and cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone and other biological treatments. It’s important to know that fatigue doesn’t just go [...]

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Preventing breast cancer starts with young girls

A recent article by Reuters Health brings hope to young girls and women for preventing breast cancer. Recent reports indicate that almost half of all breast cancer cases could be prevented. Preventing breast cancer starts at a young age for girls. Lifestyle behaviors for girls between the time they start menstruating and have their first [...]

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Colon Cancer and Obesity

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Some colon cancers can be prevented. A new study by the National Institute of Health found that obesity can change the inside of the colon, which can lead to colon cancer. More research is needed to better understand these changes and [...]

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Having difficulty swallowing after cancer treatment?

Normal speech and swallow function is a delicate balance of strength and agility in the lips, tongue and throat muscles. Any weakness, loss of flexibility or change in anatomy can cause speech and/or swallowing disruption and discomfort. While changes to your voice/speech may cause frustration, worsening of your swallowing safety can affect your nutrition and [...]

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colorectal cancer awareness

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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