Did you know that breast cancer is the mostly commonly diagnosed cancer in Washington D.C. and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the District? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, making it a great time to learn a little more about breast cancer screenings that can help detect breast cancer much earlier. They could even save your or your loved one's life.
September is Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month, also known as Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Two important aspects of awareness include being familiar with the early symptoms of leukemia and lymphoma and knowing how to get screened. By educating yourself and others, you may be able to recognize early leukemia and lymphoma symptoms in a friend or a loved one, or even in yourself. Because early detection can improve outcomes, your knowledge may even contribute to saving a life.
Topics: blood cancer
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and prostate cancer is the most common [non-skin] cancer in men. Therefore, it’s a good time to brush up on the facts of prostate cancer screenings, and make sure you, or the males in your life, are getting screened for prostate cancer in a timely manner.
Topics: Prostate Cancer
Topics: Cancer Survivorship
One of the reasons we love summertime in Maryland is because we get to enjoy some of the outdoor activities we love, while experiencing great summertime weather. But with the addition of more time outdoors, it’s important to remember your skin as you make plans for fun – especially with the more intense summer sun. According to the American Cancer Society, August is typically known as Summer Sun Safety Month, so in honor of the event we’ve put together four ways to lower your risk for skin cancer.
Topics: Skin Cancer
The bladder is the organ in your body that stores urine. Like any part of the body, problems may arise that prevent the bladder from performing its function fully — or that cause pain or other symptoms. Here are four of the most common bladder issues.
Topics: Bladder Cancer
Colorectal cancer actually refers to two parts of the body: the colon and the rectum. Treatment options are often very similar so they’re typically bundled together when explaining prevention, detection and treatment options for either colon cancer or rectal cancer.
Topics: Colorectal Cancer
"You can't truly understand what someone is going through until you've walked a mile in their shoes."
Anyone who has battled cancer knows how true this is saying is. People may sympathize with you, but unless they have lived through the uncertainty of cancer and the physical effects of medical interventions to cure it, they simply don't understand what it's like. That's precisely why cancer survivor support groups are so important.
Topics: Cancer Survivorship
Have you wondered whether there might be a new or different cancer treatment option available to you through cancer research trials? Or maybe your doctor has talked to you about the possibility of participating in a clinical trial for your cancer treatment. (Read more to understand “What is a Clinical Trial?”) Here are four things that patients and family members should feel free to ask their oncologist and research team before agreeing to participate.
Topics: Clinical Trials