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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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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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Obesity increases cancer risk

It has long been known that obesity increases our risk for cardiovascular disease.  New research is confirming that obesity also increases our risk for developing cancer.  A recent study in the United Kingdom and published in the Lancet revealed that high body mass index (BMI) greatly increases risk for many common cancers.  BMI and weight […]

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The Silent Killer

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Ovarian cancer often has few symptoms in the early stages of the disease, or the symptoms are non-specific and could result from many other less harmful conditions in the body. Because ovarian cancer has few, non-specific symptoms until it has progressed to an advanced stage, it is often […]

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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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What is a superfood?

Written by: Liz Gorecki, RD, CSO, CD, Agnesian Cancer Center Dietitian “Superfood” is a popular term in the health food industry. It refers to foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans/legumes. Since the magic health pill has yet to be invented, superfoods are the […]

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How often should I get a pelvic exam?

The American College of Gynecology (ACOG) changed the guidelines for frequency of PAP exams to eliminate unnecessary testing of younger and older women with no history of abnormal PAP smears and at low risk for developing cervical cancer. Age 30 on, ACOG says that screenings can be cut to every two to three years when […]

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Exercise: a moderate proposal (Part Two)

Part Two: Raising your heart rate In terms of heart rate, experts define moderate activity as anything that gets the heart beating at 50 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate; vigorous, at 70 to 85 percent of capacity. Although there are individual variations due to genetics and fitness levels, you can generally determine […]

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What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer

Written by: Dr. Michael Vander Kooy, Radiation Oncologist September is recognized as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Cancer statistics tell us that about one in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and about one in 36 men will die from the disease. […]

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September is National Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Written by:  Ann P Sorgent RN, BSN  Clinical Supervisor – Agnesian Cancer Center Perhaps it is appropriate that September happens to be Blood Cancer Awareness Month since this type of cancer so often seems to strike children as well as adults.  As we ready our children to go back to school, the Leukemia and Lymphoma […]

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