Breast Cancer Risk Factors and Treatment

Here’s the not-so-great news: The greatest risk factor for developing breast cancer is … being a woman. Now for the better news: Just because you have certain risk factors does not mean you will develop the disease. And, breast cancer is, with early detection, a very treatable disease. Knowing your risk factors and following your … Continued

Understanding Cervical Cancer and Its Side Effects

Cervical cancer starts in the cells lining the cervix (the lower part of the uterus). It was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. But not anymore. The death rate from cervical cancer has decreased by more than 50 percent, thanks largely to the Pap test. This screening procedure … Continued

How to Lower Your Risk for Lung Cancer

It’s a cold, hard fact: More Americans die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. And although there is no sure way to prevent lung cancer, you can take steps to lower the risk of this disease to better protect yourself and your family. Lung cancer and the smoking factor Cigarette smoking is the … Continued

How to Support Your Loved Ones During Cancer Treatment

First, the diagnosis: Discovering a loved one has cancer can be shocking and upsetting for everyone. Then, the battle begins: Oncology appointments, preparing for treatment, enduring physical and emotional hurdles and more. Cancer is a test for the person receiving treatment and for his or her family, friends and caregivers. Together, you could be in … Continued

What Is a Hematologist-Oncologist and What Do They Do?

Why would someone be referred to a hematologist-oncologist? It’s most often because an abnormality was detected during a blood test. Blood is made up of four components: white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets and plasma, and each has a specific function: White blood cells fight infection Red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs … Continued

5 of the Most Common Kidney Cancer Symptoms

Kidney cancer, also called renal cell carcinoma (RCC), accounts for nearly four percent of all cancers in the United States. Each year, more than 62,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease. The risk of kidney cancer increases with age, but in general, it is more common in men than in women. Most people have two … Continued