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Cancer

Oral cancer: Are you at risk for this growing cancer?

If someone asked you about the most common types of cancer, oral cancer probably wouldn’t be at the top of your list. While this type of cancer isn’t as common as breast, lung or prostate cancers, it isn’t rare either. Nearly 500,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cavity or oropharynx cancer this year, including …

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James’ story: A father’s mission to beat oral cancer

After losing his wife, Donna, to triple-negative breast cancer in 2019, James Lyles was all too familiar with what it means to have cancer. What he didn’t expect was to find himself fighting his own cancer battle just a few years later. A father of two girls, James decided to move to Dallas in 2021 …

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Life after cancer: 8 tips to help you navigate the ups and downs

In many ways, life after cancer is something to celebrate. You just fought one of life’s hardest battles—and won. But at the same time, the transition isn’t always a celebration. Many people no longer feel like themselves or don’t know how to go back to “normal” again. When you’re in the middle of your cancer …

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I just had my first colonoscopy. Here’s what it’s really like

There were many excuses to put off my colonoscopy. I didn’t have symptoms. I’m only 53. I’m too busy. I wrote in my daily calendar probably 30 different times, “Call to make colonoscopy appointment.” But I didn’t call. What about the prep? What if the doctor finds something suspicious? I amazed myself with how many …

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Navigating chemotherapy: How to prepare and what to expect during chemo

When you need chemotherapy as a part of your cancer treatment, it’s normal to have many questions and fears. What will my treatment entail? Will I lose my hair? How will it make me feel? You may have heard about someone who had a serious side effect from chemotherapy, or maybe you’ve seen chemo portrayed …

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Family history of breast cancer? Here’s what that means for you

One of the biggest health concerns women around the world face is the possibility of developing breast cancer. It’s normal to worry about breast cancer, especially as you age and especially if you have a family history. Keep in mind, just because you have a family history of breast cancer, this does not mean you …

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How to help your family cope with the stress of a cancer diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis can turn your family’s entire world upside down. With cancer often comes a boatload of stress—and not just for you. Family and friends often experience varying levels of distress, anxiety and depression.  They may also feel guilty that they aren’t sick or hopeless because they don’t know how to help. “Cancer not …

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What to expect when you become a cancer caregiver

When your loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it changes your life too. According to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivors, caregivers are considered “survivors” along with their loved ones. That’s because they also experience life-changing effects and challenges due to cancer.  The title of “cancer caregiver” is probably one that you never thought you’d …

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Living life to the fullest in the face of breast cancer

After decades in education as a teacher, principal and administrator, Pam Neves was enjoying her retirement. She was relishing time with family, traveling, fun with friends and the occasional pickle ball game. There was one aspect of life after retirement that she never saw coming—cancer. Like many others, Pam’s life changed suddenly and completely. In …

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