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September Is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Sep 9, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

It is estimated that in the U.S., one in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before their twentieth birthday. While survival of childhood cancer has increased dramatically in recent decades, the incidence of cancer in children has also been on the rise. Cancer remains the number one cause of death by disease among children in the U.S., resulting more childhood fatalities than any cause other than accidents. In order to change this, more research is necessary to find the causes of and more effective treatments for childhood cancer.

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Topics: cancer

Colonoscopy Isn’t the Only Way—Choices for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Aug 26, 2019 1:35:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that 1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women in the U.S. develops colorectal cancer at some time during their lives.[1] The National Cancer Institute expects 140,600 patients to be diagnosed with and more than 51,000 to die of cancers of the colon or rectum this year.[2]

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6 Things to Know about MRI

Aug 12, 2019 10:54:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

MRI is an important imaging tool for diagnosing and assessing a wide range of medical conditions. If an MRI may be in your future, here are six basic facts you should know.

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Topics: MRI scan

Modern Breast Cancer Screening

Jul 29, 2019 8:33:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Dating back to the 1970s, the use of mammography in breast cancer screening has proven to save lives. Breast cancer screening has evolved dramatically, however, since those early days of direct-exposure film and the need for high radiation doses. Refinements in technique and technology have enabled doctors to successfully detect and treat more cancers at earlier stages, using less radiation than in the past.[1] Today, radiologists have multiple effective tools available for identifying breast cancers as early as possible to give patients the best chance of recovery.

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Topics: women's ultrasound, breast MRI, mammography

It’s Usually Not Cancer—Benign Breast Conditions

Jul 14, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Noticing a lump or getting a call back after your mammogram can be scary. It’s fairly common knowledge that 1 in 8 women develop breast cancer within their lifetimes.[1] However, only a small percentage of women who are called back after a mammogram are found to have breast cancer.[2] The fact is that there are a number of benign conditions that can create lumps or other features that can appear similar to cancer on mammography images. While some are associated with an increased risk of developing cancer in the future, others pose no risk to a woman’s health.

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Women’s Pelvic Ultrasound—Transabdominal vs. Transvaginal

Jul 1, 2019 4:23:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

If your doctor orders a pelvic ultrasound exam, images can be captured in two different ways: transabdominally (through the abdomen) and transvaginally (through the vaginal canal). Depending on the patient and the condition being assessed, either one or both of these methods can be used.

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Topics: women's ultrasound

Iowa Radiology Announces Abbreviated Breast MRI

Jun 24, 2019 4:25:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Iowa Radiology is proud to announce the arrival of abbreviated breast MRI, the latest advance in breast cancer screening technology. Breast MRI allows radiologists to more accurately detect early-stage breast cancers, especially in patients with dense breasts. However, traditional breast MRI comes with a high cost that insurance companies typically cover only for patients who are at significantly elevated risk of breast cancer. The abbreviated breast MRI exam is much quicker and less expensive than a traditional MRI, but it can detect even very small cancers with similar accuracy.

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Topics: cancer, mammography

Celebrate Survival!

Jun 2, 2019 7:30:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

National Cancer Survivors Day

The first Sunday in June, we celebrate life with National Cancer Survivors Day. Each year, there is more reason to celebrate as people survive cancer at higher and higher rates. From 1991 to 2016, deaths from cancer plummeted 27%, saving more than 2.6 million lives. As of January of this year, 5% of the US population—16.9 million people—are cancer survivors, 67% of whom have survived at least five years after their diagnosis. To continue this positive trend, it’s essential that we continue to prioritize cancer research and help to ensure that patients get access to the quality care that they need.

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Topics: cancer

Why Have a Cardiac Calcium Test?

May 20, 2019 4:37:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

A cardiac calcium test uses CT scanning to determine the amount of calcified plaque buildup in the coronary arteries, which helps doctors assess the presence of coronary artery disease and the risk of associated events such as heart attack and stroke.

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Topics: CT cardiac calcium scoring

May Is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

May 6, 2019 7:48:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2019, more than 80,000 cases of bladder cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S., and more than 17,000 Americans will die of the illness. Approximately 1 in 27 men and 1 in 89 women develop bladder cancer at some point in their lives.

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Topics: cancer

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