Hereditary Risk Factors for Gynecological Cancers

The month of September is designated as Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month. This time is set aside to provide education about these cancers that affect women, including ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.

Genetics have been found to play a role in some forms of gynecologic cancer, particularly ovarian cancer. Genetic testing is available for ovarian and other cancers.

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Categories: Cervical Cancer, Gynecologic Cancers, Ovarian Cancer

Prostate Cancer: Watchful Waiting vs. Active Surveillance

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Most of the men who have it are over 65 and live active lives. If your oncologist (the type of doctor that sees cancer patients) sees that your cancer is growing slowly, they may decide that you don't need treatment. You should never make that decision by yourself. 

If you were diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may hear your oncologist use terms such as "watchful waiting" or "active surveillance." These may come up if the cancer is determined to be small, slow-growing, and confined within the prostate (has not metastasized). Some doctors don't use the terms properly, so be sure that your oncologist has the right definition.

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Categories: Cancer Treatment, Prostate Cancer

Gear Up Now for Summer Sun Safety Month

August is Summer Sun Safety Month, but don't wait for August to roll around to prepare for fun in the sun. The longer, sunny days of summer present the possibilities of beautiful, fun-filled days. Being outdoors is proven to improve our overall physical and mental health and we've known for years that we need sunlight to produce the vitamin D our bodies require. But we also know that overexposure to the sun may cause skin cancer, regardless of our natural skin tones.

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Categories: Skin Cancer

World Lung Cancer Day: Shedding a Light on Lung Cancer Screenings

Lung cancer is the second-most common form in men and women. The American Cancer Society reports that disease accounts for 13% of all newly diagnosed cases, and their researchers made the following estimates for 2019 in the United States. There will be:

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Categories: Lung Cancer

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month

Sarcoma is sometimes called a "forgotten cancer" because it's rare. It doesn't have the same amount of public awareness that other types of cancers have. Sarcoma affects the body's connective tissues, which includes bones and soft tissues. 

Patients and their loved ones may struggle to find adequate information about the disease. To help spread awareness, July has been designated as Sarcoma Awareness Month. 

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Categories: Sarcoma

Is Sunscreen Really Safe?

Everyone has heard that you need to wear sunscreen. The message has been delivered by just about every healthcare professional and cancer prevention organization out there. But recently there have been concerns raised about the safety of using sunscreen. Could sunscreen be bad for our health?

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Categories: Skin Cancer

National Cancer Survivors Day is June 2

June 2 is National Cancer Survivors Day. This is an important day that highlights the challenges faced by cancer survivors and how they're learning to cope with their "new normal." As cancer death rates continue to decline, it becomes more important than ever to raise awareness about the issues faced by cancer survivors and provide them with the support and information they need to live happy, productive lives in the wake of cancer treatments. This June 2, there are a number of ways you can celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day and help spread the word about the needs of this diverse population. 

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Categories: Cancer Survivor Support, Survivorship & Helping Others

7 Common Questions about Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., but it's still widely misunderstood. Many people have questions about skin cancer and their risk of developing the disease. In honor of May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we answer some of your most commonly asked questions. 

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Categories: Skin Cancer

When Should Your Start Colon Cancer Screenings?

Did you know that the screening age for colorectal cancer was lowered to 45?

Based on recent research, the American Cancer Society (ACS) lowered the recommended age to begin colon cancer screening from 50 to 45. The five-year difference is important to note when it comes to managing your health care. The ACS predicts that in 2019 more than 23,000 Oregonians will receive a diagnosis of colon cancer. Learning more about the screening process is one step a patient can take in preventing and fighting this dreaded disease.

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Categories: Cancer Prevention, Cancer Screening, Colorectal Cancer

6 Helpful Tips for Tobacco Users to Quit Smoking and Reduce Lung Cancer Risk

The Compass Oncology lung cancer specialists encourage everyone to take a moment on March 20th to observe "National Kick Butts Day.” This day focuses on the health risks of tobacco use, including smoking, as a part of our practice’s efforts to reduce the number of lung cancer cases diagnosed each year. According to the National Cancer Institute, that’s close to 700 cases each year in the Portland-Vancouver area.

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Categories: Cancer Prevention, Cancer Risk, Lung Cancer