Pancreatic Cancer: Looking for Hope

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Difficulty in detecting pancreatic cancer makes effective treatment challenging, but not impossible. LOCATED BEHIND YOUR stomach, the pancreas is responsible for producing insulin, which regulates blood sugar and breaks down food so the body can process the nutrients. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal forms of cancer: The National Cancer Institute estimates there will be 53,670 diagnoses of pancreatic …

Men, Don’t Skip Out on Checking In

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Reluctance to schedule routine checkups can prevent early intervention for a number of diseases that become more challenging to treat as they progress.   ESTABLISHING A RELATIONSHIP with a primary care physician while you’re healthy can allow for simpler, less invasive, and more effective treatments. Many diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, can be treated much more easily if detected early. …

Too Young to Have a Stroke?

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While very few young adults suffer strokes, the rate of stroke has been rising among young men and women.   ABOUT 795,000 PEOPLE have a stroke each year in the United States, a number influenced by numerous factors, including age, gender and health habits. Women are more likely to have a stroke than men—55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year. …

Staying Fit with COPD

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YOUR CONDITION DOESN’T have to limit your ability to exercise. Do you live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? If you do and you can’t remember the last time you routinely exercised, it might be time to re-evaluate your fitness routine, or start a new one. While exercise won’t reverse the effects of COPD, it can improve how you feel and …

Should You Consider Knee or Hip Joint Replacement?

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TO FIND OUT, review these questions and answers with Raul Curiel, M.D., orthopedic surgeon with Summit Healthcare Orthopedic Surgery, a part of Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low, Arizona. How does joint health affect quality of life? DR. CURIEL: Good joint health boosts life quality by allowing you to move freely without inflammation. Arthritis-induced pain may take away your …

How to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so take a minute to learn how you can prevent this disease. VARIOUS TYPES OF cancer affect the digestive system, but one of the most commonly diagnosed is colorectal cancer—in 2016 more than 100,000 cases were diagnosed in the United States. While the average age of someone who is diagnosed with colorectal cancer is 72, …

Is Your Cold Or Flu An Emergency?

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WHEN YOU’RE SICK, how can you tell if your cold or flu is severe enough to warrant a trip to your nearest emergency room? Symptoms of flu and cold — such as cough, a fever, body aches, congestion, chills, or dehydration from vomiting — are no joke. For most people, these symptoms can be handled in your doctor’s office or at …

Women’s Heart Problems Can Be Different

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WHEN IT COMES to heart health, gender can influence everything from heart disease risk factors to heart attack symptoms. Many women believe that the men in their lives have a greater risk of heart disease than they do. But more than 6.5 million American women live with some form of heart disease, according to Harvard Medical School. In fact, the disease …