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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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May is Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Head and neck cancer occurs anywhere in the lips, mouth, nasal cavity, sinuses or throat. In Wisconsin, about 11.3 people per 100,000 people will develop head and neck cancer each year. Common symptoms of head and neck cancer can be a lump or sore that does not go away, bleeding, white or red patches in […]

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May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Finding skin cancer early is important. Check your skin regularly and know your moles. If you have a spot that concerns you or is changing in appearance, have a doctor exam you. The ABCDs of skin cancer can help you identify any unusual spots that should be evaluated by a doctor. The ABCDs of skin […]

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The importance of sunscreen

You might think that  suntan skin looks good, but it is a sign that your skin has been damaged.  Tan skin isn’t a prevention from sun damage.  Covering up, avoiding exposure and daily use of sunscreen is the only way to protect your skin from damaging rays and age skin prematurely and cause skin cancer. […]

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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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