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Cancer

What does it mean to have dense breast tissue?

If a recent mammogram showed you have dense breast tissue, you may wonder what this means for your breast cancer risk. Studies show that dense breast tissue makes breast cancer screening more difficult and increases the risk of breast cancer. A dense breast tissue diagnosis is an opportunity to review your breast cancer risk factors …

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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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High risk breast screening program: Empowering women to take control of their cancer risks

Chances are, you know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Maybe it even runs in your family and you’re worried about your own risk. Or maybe you’re simply starting to get older and you want to know how to prevent it from happening to you. While cancer can strike anyone, some people—mostly women, …

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Navy veteran overcomes leukemia with help of his birth mother

Retired US Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bren Doreck has fought his fair share of battles. But there’s one battle he never saw coming—cancer. At only 39 years old, he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) while fighting for his country overseas. Suddenly, Bren found himself in a battle for his life. It’s only through his unwavering strength, …

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Beyond colonoscopy: What to know about alternative colon cancer screenings

Have you been putting off screening for colon cancer? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 30% of adults aren’t up to date on their recommended screenings. But, if you’re hesitant to get a colonoscopy, that doesn’t mean you should avoid screening altogether. There are other procedures and tests that may …

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Time for a colonoscopy? Here’s what to expect (and why it’s not that bad)

Colonoscopies sometimes have an undeserved reputation, especially among those who haven’t had one before. I hear my patients say they’ve heard something bad from their neighbor, their family or an online search. But often, these negative misconceptions go away once they have their first screening. As a physician, I believe in the scientific data behind …

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Waiting for cancer test results? How to ease the anxiety and fear

When you’re facing a cancer diagnosis or awaiting the results of your latest scan, every hour may feel like an eternity. From the moment you know something is off, you may feel like you’re constantly waiting for the next steps—the next appointment with a specialist, the next scan, the next test result, the next step …

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