Although pancreatic cancer is not among the most commonly diagnosed cancers, it is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. It is often difficult to recognize the symptoms of pancreatic cancer in the early stages and once the cancer spreads, survival rates are low. Although anyone can be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, there … Continue reading Are you at risk for pancreatic cancer?
It seems like every year there’s a new study coming out about things that can increase your risk of cancer: sugar, toxic chemicals, alcohol and even French fries. While all of this may seem daunting, you can still lower your cancer risks by making simple lifestyle changes. As physicians, we recommend the following prevention tips … Continue reading 8 ways you can reduce your risk of cancer
We recently shared a look at how research at Baylor Scott & White is helping to crack the code to detect colon cancer earlier. Detection, however, isn’t the only variable to consider where colon cancer is concerned. Once diagnosed with the disease, attention turns to treatment options. For T1 colorectal cancer (CRC) patients, in particular, … Continue reading Could this new test change how we treat colorectal cancer?
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States (excluding skin cancer). Each year, there are 140,000 new cases of colon cancer and over 50,000 deaths from colon cancer in the U.S. Your lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is between … Continue reading Colon talk: How a screening can save your life
If you’ve had a mammogram in the last few years, chances are you’ve heard of 3-D mammography or “tomosynthesis.” You may have even had one by now. But if you haven’t, consider looking into it prior to your next screening. Recent studies have shown that 3-D mammograms may be more effective than standard digital 2-D … Continue reading 6 questions about 3-D mammograms you need answered
If you are a woman over 40, you should think about getting your annual mammogram in order to detect signs of breast cancer. Debra L. Monticciolo, MD, FACR, the section chief of breast imaging on the medical staff at Scott & White Clinic – Temple, answers some common questions you may have about mammograms, and … Continue reading What doctors look for in a mammogram
Are you dense? Directed at your intellect, this question can be an insult – directed at your breasts, this question is vital to tailor your annual breast cancer screenings to maximize the early detection of breast cancer. Approximately 40 percent of women over the age of 40 have dense breast tissue by mammography. What are dense … Continue reading 40 over 40: How breast density affects your risk of breast cancer
Although testicular cancer is fairly rare, with about 8,800 new cases in the U.S. this year, it’s helpful for men to know what to look for. When testicular cancer is found, it is highly treatable with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. If you are a man or have a man in your life, consider screening for … Continue reading How to screen yourself for testicular cancer
How bad is it? Talking on your cellphone all day. Saying yes to tanning and no to sunscreen. Skipping preventative screenings. Just how risky are these actions when it comes to cancer? Nobody’s perfect. But with cancer prevention, it pays to be close to impeccable as possible. Here, we rate common habits on a one-to-five scale … Continue reading 4 risky habits that could give you cancer
Lung cancer remains a “stubborn killer” with a low survival rate. But there is new hope for the prospects of combatting the disease thanks to the results of a large, years-long study and the recent decision by Medicare to pay for lung cancer screening for those at high risk. The study that preceded that decision … Continue reading Medicare coverage of lung cancer screening explained