prostate cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can often be treated successfully. Men over the age of 50 are at the highest risk of being affected. Regular screenings and early detection of prostate cancer can significantly increase the likelihood of survival. The…

veteran

In 1949, after the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb, America was in a race with the Soviets to develop a nuclear bomb that was about 1,000 times more powerful—the hydrogen bomb. Two years later, a 19-year-old Air Force Dope and Fabric Technician from Philadelphia, PA, volunteered for a special, top-secret assignment that would…

mesothelioma

You might not know what mesothelioma is. Maybe you’ve seen it on those commercials asking if you or a loved one has ever been exposed to asbestos. But it’s much more complex than that. Though it’s a rare cancer–only 3,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States annually–it deserves much more attention than it…

According to the American Cancer colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, estimating 49,190 deaths in 2016. Individuals over the age of 50 are at the highest risk of being affected. The good news is over the past 20 years, the death toll for colon cancer has significantly…

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. While you can’t necessarily prevent breast cancer, you can take steps that may help lower your chances of getting it. Many factors impact your risk—some you can control, and some you can’t, and genetics is a good example. Here are some basics…

Several years ago, 56-year-old Bob noticed a spot the size of a silver dollar on his leg. His primary care doc assured him it was nothing, and over the years, two other doctors agreed. Only after examining it a second time did Bob’s current physician suggest he see a dermatologist, primarily so his wife, who…

colon cancer

In 2015 the American Cancer Society estimates there will be over 93,000 new colon cancer cases. Individuals over the age of 50 are at the highest risk of being affected. The good news is over the past 20 years, the death toll for colon cancer has significantly dropped due to technological advancements and early detection-…

Many people living with digestive, kidney or urinary diseases have ostomy surgery to create an opening from the inside of the body to the outside. The surgical opening is called a stoma. There are several types of ostomy. Ileostomy involves the small intestine and bypasses the colon, rectum and anus. Colostomy involves the colon and…

What is Cancer? Cancer is the general name for a group of more than 100 diseases in which cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control. Although there are many kinds of cancer, they all start because abnormal cells grow out of control. Cancer Symptoms May Include… Telltale Signs of…

hospice care

Hospice care is one of those things in life about which most of us want to know as little as possible. We bury our heads in the sand and wait until someone in our family needs it before we learn what it is and how it works. But unfortunately, if you wait too long, you…