What Should I Expect at My First Mammogram?

Mammograms and Breast Cancer ScreeningThe mammogram is an important breast cancer screening and diagnostic tool for women. This highly effective, non-invasive, and inexpensive procedure detects breast cancer and saves lives. The American Cancer Society recommends women start breast cancer screening at age 45. However, research has found mammograms are most beneficial for women age 50 and older. Regular mammograms reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer by 14% among 50- to 60-year-olds and 33% among 60- to 69-year-olds.

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Categories: Cancer Screening, Breast Cancer

Social Workers: Helping Throughout Cancer Treatment & Beyond

Social Workers: Helping Cancer Patients and Caregivers Through Treatment & BeyondThe ripple effect of cancer touches every aspect of a life, emotional, psychological, social and financial. At Compass Oncology we know we achieve the best care for our patients when we give them support in every way. Compass Oncology has a team of oncology social workers that are all about providing support for patients and their caregivers outside of their actual cancer treatment plan.

What makes our oncology social workers unique is that they are active members of your cancer care team who are always ready to assist. The support they provide takes many forms from the practical to the emotional to the spiritual. Their focus is on the issues that are so important to quality of life during and after cancer treatment. We encourage our patients to take advantage of this resource.

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Categories: Cancer Management, Supportive Care

Tobacco Use After Cancer

Can you smoke or use tobacco after cancer?You probably know tobacco use is bad for your health. In fact, over-the-counter tobacco products are legally required to include one of the following warning labels reminding the public of tobacco’s dangers, especially the dangers of cancer.

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Categories: Cancer Survivorship, Cancer Risk

10 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness in Portland!

Breast Cancer Awareness in Portland, OROctober is breast cancer awareness month. This annual international campaign organized by major breast health charities aims to raise awareness of the disease and the value of screening and early detection and to raise money for research into breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cures. Whether you are a breast cancer patient or survivor, or an individual who has been indirectly touched by this disease, there are many ways you can show your support for this important cause. Here are 10 ways you can support breast cancer awareness if you are in the Portland-Vancouver area.

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Categories: Breast Cancer

At Home DNA Tests: Are They a Reliable Method for Cancer Screening?

Are at home cancer genetic tests accurate?Up until recently, genetic testing for cancer had to be performed by a medical professional – but that’s not the case anymore. Today, people concerned about their genetic health risks can have their DNA analyzed for health reasons, in the comfort of their own home.

23andMe, the company known for its spit-and-mail ancestry test, now offers FDA-approved genetic tests for cancer, which can be mailed directly to consumers. While there are other at-home genetic tests available, 23andMe is the first company that can offer this kind of testing without a doctor’s order.

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Categories: Genetic Testing

HPV and Cervical Cancer: What’s the Connection?

Is there a connection between HPV and Cervical Cancer?When it comes to cervical cancer, nearly all cases are caused by exposure to the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Thankfully, cervical cancer is almost always preventable. Understanding more about HPV and cervical health in general can greatly help in the prevention of this kind of cancer. Here’s some important information every woman should know.

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Categories: Gynecologic Cancers

Three Big Advancements to Watch in Prostate Cancer Research

Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. Because of this, prostate cancer research has been an ongoing process of looking into causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of the disease. But with hundreds upon hundreds of published studies out there, how can patients keep up with what’s new? Since September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a great time to discuss the new developments that are being made in prostate cancer treatment.

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Categories: Prostate Cancer

5 Facts You May Not Know About Gynecologic Cancer

5 Facts You May Not Know About Gynecologic CancerSeptember is National Gynecologic Awareness Month -- a nationally recognized time established by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer in 1999. The month provides an opportunity to draw attention to the cancers that can develop in a woman’s reproductive system. Being informed is the first step you can take to help yourself and/or the other women in your life. Below are 5 facts you should know about gynecologic cancers that affect tens of thousands of women each year.

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Categories: Gynecologic Cancers

Bone Health After Cancer Treatment

Bone Health After Cancer Treatment | Portland-Vancouver Cancer Survivor SpecialistsIt’s no secret that cancer treatment takes an emotional and physical toll on patients. According to the American Cancer Society, the goals of cancer treatment include shrinking cancerous tumors to make them easier to remove surgically, killing cancer cells in the body, and/or controlling cancer so it does not grow and spread. Chemotherapy, steroid medications, and hormonal therapies used to achieve these goals sometimes have unwelcome side effects, including osteoporosis.

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Categories: Cancer Survivorship

Breast Density and Its Effect on Your Cancer Screening

Breast Density and the effect on Breast Cancer Risks | Portland Breast Cancer ExpertsIf you’ve had a mammogram and were told you have dense breast tissue, you may be wondering what that means. While having dense breasts is normal and common, many women are left feeling uncertain regarding whether there is anything they should do differently or how it affects the risk of getting breast cancer.

What Does it Mean to Have Dense Breasts?

Breasts contain glandular, connective, and fat tissue. Breast density is a term that describes the relative amount of these different types of breast tissue as seen on a mammogram. Dense breasts have more glandular tissue and fibrous connective tissue and than fatty breast tissue. Dense breasts can be inherited.

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Categories: Breast Cancer