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    Skin Cancer in Arizona: Stats, facts and new immunotherapy drugs making strides

    With some of the nation’s hottest and brightest sunshine, Arizona is near the top when it comes to skin cancer rates, and Arizonans should take particular care against sun exposure. In Arizona, 18.8 people per 100,000 developed melanoma skin cancer in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, according to the Centers for […]
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    Genetic testing could hold answers for colon cancer survival

    The Human Genome Project was a 13-year-long, publicly funded project initiated in 1990 to determine the entire DNA sequence of the human genome. While the Project was declared complete in April, 2003 the advancements of genetic testing continues to evolve. The sequencing of the human genome holds benefits for many fields such as forensic science, […]
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    Breast cancer: Improved testing and treatments means more survivors

    Despite ongoing efforts to find a cure, it is estimated over 300,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. Receiving a cancer diagnosis is never welcome news. Fortunately, even with the number of breast cancer patients on the rise, the number of survivors are also rising, giving hope to women everywhere. In fact, […]
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    Diet, exercise and aspirin: 3 tools to fight colon cancer

    Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death and the third most common form of cancer among men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to an article about American Cancer Society guidelines, behaviors such as avoiding exposure to tobacco products, maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active throughout life and […]
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    The virus that keeps head and neck cancers on the rise

    Where does cancer come from, and how can it be avoided? This is a question scientists are trying hard to answer. But oral cancers that occur in the head and neck are on the rise and the root of the cause is not what you might think. Oropharyngeal cancers happen in the throat and mouth, or pharynx. Tobacco […]
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    4 reasons cancer survivors should focus on food

    This article is Sponsored by Dignity Health. For patients undergoing cancer treatment, and for cancer survivors, food and diet are incredibly important. At the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, cancer survivors and their caregivers receive free nutrition education and individualized nutrition plans. “A dietician plays an integral […]
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    Common virus attributed to spike in head and neck cancers

    This article is Sponsored by Dignity Health. Cancers of the head and neck account for just 3 percent of all cancers in the United States, but there are many types, and the overall number is spiking among middle-aged men. Over the past decade, oropharyngeal cancers (cancers of the mouth and pharynx) have increased more than […]
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    Today’s radiation treatments offer better success, fewer side effects

    This article is Sponsored by Dignity Health. The use of radiation for medical treatments dates to the late 1800s, and was successfully used as cancer therapy beginning in the 1930s. Now, advanced radiation therapies are helping treat cancer with fewer side effects. Cancer cells divide rapidly and grow out of control. “Radiation therapy kills cancer […]
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    Navigating a new cancer survivorship plan

    When treatments and surgeries are over for a cancer patient, a whole new world awaits. Many cancer patients are happy and relieved but may also wonder what comes next. As medicine evolves and we become better at treating this disease, navigating ‘Survivorship’ becomes a mix of managing physical, emotional and lifestyle changes. A new normal […]
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    Testing for genetic cancer is now more available in Phoenix

    Actress Christina Applegate made headlines in 2008 when she opted for a double mastectomy after she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. In 2013, there were more headlines when Angelina Jolie had a preventive double mastectomy. Both women made their decisions based on advice and recommendation from genetic counselors. Each had a specific gene mutation […]