What is HPV?

HPV, otherwise known as the human papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted infection that should not be confused with HIV or HSV (herpes). There are currently nearly 80 million people in the United States alone who are living with HPV, many of whom are in their teens and early twenties.

While there are about 30 different types that affect the genitals, including the vagina, penis, vulva, cervix, and scrotum, there are another 70 additional forms of HPV that can affect other areas of the body. Of the approximate 100 different types of HPV, infectious disease doctors consider 14 of them to be “high risk” which can lead to cervical or gynecologic cancers.

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Categories: Cancer Prevention, Cancer Risk, Cervical Cancer, Gynecologic Cancers

Cancer Survivors Can Combat the Long-Term Side Effect of Night Sweats

Night sweats are common side effects that both cancer survivors and patients, alike, often face. Radiation therapies, certain prescription medications, and some cancer-related surgeries can even worsen the frequency and intensity of a patient's night sweats. Waking up in the middle of the night with wet bedsheets and pajamas is never ideal, but there are ways to manage night sweats.

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Categories: Cancer Survivorship, Survivorship & Side Effects

Do Breast Calcifications Mean That I Have Breast Cancer?

Many women experience a phone call from their breast imaging center. The call often concerns the patient coming back for additional imaging of tiny white spots called calcifications. Calcifications are frequently seen on mammograms — they occur most often in women over 50. They may appear in any woman's breasts and, occasionally, occur in a man's breast tissue.

Most breast calcifications are benign (non-cancerous). However, a few patterns of calcification are suggestive of some precancerous conditions or, even, breast cancer.

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Categories: Breast Cancer, Cancer Screening

Should Cancer Survivors and Patients Get the Flu Shot?

Cancer patients and survivors may be wondering if they should get a flu shot. The answer is YES. Experts aren’t sure if cancer survivors, or even patients currently undergoing treatment, are more prone to getting the flu. However, experts know one fact for sure — cancer patients and many survivors experience more serious complications from the flu.

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Categories: Cancer Management, Cancer Survivorship, Survivorship & Side Effects

7 Important Things You Probably Didn't Know About Prostate Cancer

Thankfully the second-most common type of cancer among men, prostate cancer, can be detected, monitored and treated very successfully today, giving men a higher likelihood of survival than ever before. Here are seven facts about prostate cancer that can help you and your family better understand risk factors, detection and treatment options.

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Categories: Prostate Cancer

Does Hair Dye Cause Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is a major concern among women of all ages. Prior studies focusing on the association between hair dye and breast cancer have come up with mixed results until recently, so the news can be confusing. That's why one group of researchers decided to address the topic using sisters by recording the results over an eight-year period.

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Categories: Breast Cancer, Cancer Risk

Can Cancer Survivors Donate Blood Marrow?

If you are a cancer survivor, you know how valuable it is to receive help from others. Cancer treatment can be an isolating experience and most people appreciate a helping hand. There may have been several people who provided both emotional and practical support during your treatment. Now as a cancer survivor, you may be looking for ways to give back and help others. Being on a bone marrow registry is one way you can help provide possible treatment for a cancer patient. 

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Categories: Survivorship & Helping Others

10 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness in Portland!

The month of October is quickly approaching, and with that comes Breast Cancer Awareness month. Since 1985, the month of October is breast cancer has been celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness month.

It is a great way to bring millions of people together in order to raise awareness of this devastating illness that touches the lives of so many. In the month of October, more so than any other time of the year, breast health charities work hard to educate people on the importance of screening and early detection, as well as to raise the necessary funds for vital research, treatment, and cures that can save lives. Patients, survivors, and so many others join forces during a time when everyone needs it most.

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Categories: Breast Cancer

7 Surprising Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Because lung cancer develops in the lungs, as you’d probably expect, its most common symptoms involve the lungs. Persistent coughing, coughing up blood or excess mucus, shortness of breath, and chest pain are all common signs of lung cancer. The presence of these symptoms doesn’t definitively mean you have lung cancer, though, as they can also be caused by other conditions. That’s why it’s important to be evaluated by your doctor sooner rather than later.  

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Categories: Lung Cancer

What Should I Expect at My First Mammogram?

The 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: Breast Cancer, Cancer Screening