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Cancer Survivorship

According to a recent study by the American Cancer Society, more than 1.5 million Americans have survived cancer since 1991. Overall, more people are living through and surviving cancer. As the number of survivors increase, so does the need for ongoing care and surveillance. A new standard instituted by the Commission on Cancer for all […]

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Preventing Cancer

Although many cancers are spontaneous and may not be associated with any specific lifestyle behaviors, there are some cancers that can be prevented by healthy behaviors.  Current studies are reaffirming the American Cancer Society prevention guidelines.  Below are some simple steps to help reduce your cancer risk: Limit or avoid alcohol Add more plant based […]

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Melanoma on the rise in Fond du Lac and Wisconsin

Over the past five years, melanoma skin cancer rates have increased in both Fond du Lac County and Wisconsin. According to SEER data, the national incidence rate for melanoma is 19.7 people per 100,000 people. The melanoma rate in Fond du Lac County is 29.9 people per 100,000 people, well over the national average.  From […]

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Women and breast cancer

Can mammograms cause overexposure to radiation?

Digital mammography has decreased radiation exposure by 22% when compared to the prior screen print mammography.  The average radiation exposure from a mammogram is 70 millirems, which is equal to the amount of radiation we are exposed to in our own personal environment over two and half months. A breast examination by a doctor or nurse […]

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Way to go Angelina!

Prevention, prevention, prevention… This is what healthcare should be all about! It is wonderful to see such a popular public figure sharing her most intimate tales to raise awareness about genetic mutations and how they can affect individuals. Actress Angelina Jolie has the BRCA1 gene mutation. BRCA is the “breast cancer” gene that men and […]

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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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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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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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