Cancer

Colorectal Cancer: A New Concern for Younger Adults?

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Researchers with the American Cancer Society (ACS) have noticed a concerning trend: Rates of colorectal cancer in adults ages 20 to 54 are rising, while those in adults over age 54 are dropping. AS A RESULT, the ACS has lowered the recommended age at which colorectal cancer screenings should begin, from age 50 to age 45. …

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Overcoming Breast Cancer: One Woman’s Story

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When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Patti Bird found the solutions she needed at Summit Healthcare. PATTI WAS INSTALLING a windshield in a car with her fiancé, Brad Anderson, when she first felt pain. “I was climbing on a trunk and hit my chest, which really hurt,” Patti says. “I thought that maybe I …

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Cancer, Meet Your Match

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When it comes to prevention, pancreatic and prostate cancers have something in common. MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE prostate and pancreatic cancers aren’t preventable. While you can’t control risk factors such as your age or your family medical history, you can control lifestyle factors that may help lower your cancer risk. Take a look at four ways you …

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Cancer Care for Our Community

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Summit Healthcare provides caring cancer treatment and preventive cancer screenings right here in your community. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DIAGNOSIS? Hearing that you have been diagnosed with breast cancer can feel overwhelming at first. Instead of researching every possible scenario, it may prove most helpful to know your next actionable steps. Get to know your cancer. …

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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 …

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Say No to Indoor Tanning

HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS ARE calling for greater restrictions on tanning beds—and for good reason. The American Cancer Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Dermatology all agree that tanning beds should be restricted or banned. “We already know that ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, tanning beds, and sun lamps is dangerous,” says …

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Saving Lives, One Cervical Cancer Test at a Time

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CERVICAL CANCER, WHICH is almost always caused by high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV), is one of the most preventable—and treatable—cancers. Most women’s immune systems are able to fight off the HPV infection before cancer can form. However, for those who do develop cancer, the majority of cervical cancers start with precancerous, or abnormal, changes to the cervix, …

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