You may have heard the term “scanxiety” used to refer to the often intense feeling of anxiety and fear that can surround imaging exams, particularly for patients who have or have had cancer. While scan-related anxiety has not traditionally been a primary concern in cancer treatment, it is gaining attention as an aspect of the illness that deserves more attention.
Nov 9, 2017 8:23:00 AM
Sep 30, 2017 9:25:00 AM
Why Is Breast Cancer Awareness Important?
With women in the U.S. facing an approximately 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes, awareness of this persistent threat to women’s health is critical. It’s estimated that 252,710 women as well as 2,470 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the U.S. in 2017. Although mortality rates have been declining since the late 1980s, more than 40,000 American women are expected to die of breast cancer this year.
Sep 18, 2017 8:41:00 AM
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that in the U.S. this year, approximately 22,440 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 14,080 women will die of the disease. A woman’s average lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer is 1 in 75, and about half of cases are diagnosed in women aged 63 years or older.
Aug 20, 2017 8:40:00 AM
When your doctor recommends a medical procedure, it’s important that you understand the potential benefits and risks involved. There has been much debate in recent years about the relative benefits and risks of imaging procedures that use ionizing radiation, including CT scans and other X-ray exams such as mammography and fluoroscopy.
Jun 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM
The first Sunday of each June, the U.S. and many other countries around the world recognize National Cancer Survivors Day, “a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.” It’s a day for survivors and their friends, families, and communities to connect with, celebrate, and support each other as well as increase awareness of the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship and promote social changes that positively impact survivors’ lives.
May 4, 2017 3:48:00 PM
May is National Cancer Research Month, a time designated to recognizing the importance of all who contribute to the fight against cancer. Decades of research have led to dramatic advances in the detection and treatment of many different types of cancer. There are now more than 15.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S.—more than at any other time in history. In 2016, 67% of those survivors have lived at least 5 years after diagnosis; 44% have lived at least 10 years, and 17% have lived 20 years or more following a cancer diagnosis. However, the fight is far from won. Each year, cancer kills more people than malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV combined. Steadfast dedication to research is essential to our ability to continue the progress that we’ve begun over the past few decades.
Apr 11, 2017 3:26:00 PM
April is National Cancer Control Month, which highlights advances in fighting cancer: prevention, early detection, and treatment. Cancer remains the second leading cause of death among Americans of all ethnic groups combined. Minority groups, however, are more significantly impacted by certain cancers. Generally, the earlier cancer is found, the better the prognosis; cancer screenings can detect cancerous cells early and help increase chances of survival. To help spread awareness of minority cancer risks and encourage routine screening, April 11–17, 2017, is designated Minority Cancer Awareness Week.
Apr 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM
April has been designated National Cancer Control Month to increase awareness of what Americans can do to prevent and control cancer. Cancer control is about more than prevention; it’s also about accessing effective treatment and cultivating a healthy lifestyle to reduce the likelihood of recurrence. Whether you’ve never had cancer, are currently undergoing treatment, or are a cancer survivor, there are things you can do to take control of your health.
Mar 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM
You know you should be getting annual screening mammograms, but how do you choose where to go? One of the first steps you should take in preparing for your mammogram is learning about the facilities in your area and choosing one that provides high quality care. Here are five questions you should ask before making your appointment:
Mar 5, 2017 8:07:00 AM
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. “Colorectal cancer” is a general term used to describe cancers that begin in the colon or rectum. The American Cancer Society estimates that 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer and 95,520 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, affecting 1 in 21 men and 1 in 23 women and claiming 50,260 lives. Colorectal cancer currently is the third-leading cancer-related cause of death in women and the second-leading cause in men in the U.S.