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What Does the Great American Smokeout Have to do with Lung Cancer Risk?

November 3, 2017

What is the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout? It's an annual event, held the third Thursday of every November, a date on which smokers nationwide are asked to give up smoking. Quitting for just one day helps you take action toward a healthier life, and reduce your lung cancer risk.

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Topics: Lung Cancer

Managing the Holidays with Cancer

October 25, 2017

Even people in perfect health often feel exhausted and overwhelmed during the holiday season; that feeling is often magnified when you’re battling cancer. You may not have the stamina to battle Black Friday crowds, deck the halls and entertain as lavishly as you have in years past, and that’s OK. If you’re a cancer patient try not to overexert yourself, but don’t isolate yourself either. Here are some ways cancer patients can manage and even enjoy the holidays while undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment.

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Topics: Cancer Survivorship

What do you know about Mammograms?

October 11, 2017

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.

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Topics: Breast Cancer

Blood Cancers: Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month

September 25, 2017

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.

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Topics: blood cancer

What Do You Know About Prostate Cancer Screenings?

September 19, 2017

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.

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Topics: Prostate Cancer

Patients in Active Cancer Treatment Can Benefit From Regular Exercise

September 11, 2017

Too often, many of us either know first hand or know someone that has cancer and could use a boost to their mental and physical health during their battle. The good news is that there is something that could help. Research shows there is an activity that is safe, free, beneficial, and often enjoyable to those who are undergoing active cancer treatment: Exercise!

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Topics: Cancer Survivorship

Summer Sun Safety Month: 4 Ways to Lower Your Skin Cancer Risks

September 7, 2017

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.

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Topics: Skin Cancer

Bladder Health and When to be Concerned about Bladder Cancer

July 19, 2017

 

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.
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Topics: Bladder Cancer

Facts You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer

July 10, 2017

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.

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Topics: Colorectal Cancer

Cancer Survivorship: A New Normal

June 21, 2017

 "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.

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Topics: Cancer Survivorship