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

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

4 Common Misconceptions about Breast Cancer

There are numerous misconceptions, or myths, floating around about who is or isn't likely to get breast cancer. And, we believe it is important to address a few of these common breast cancer myths.

Clearing up any misconceptions that you may have about breast cancer can bring awareness and understanding to this common disease. So allow our breast cancer specialists dispel some of these myths and misconceptions.

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Categories: Breast Cancer, Cancer Risk

Prostate Cancer and Alcohol: What We Need to Know

It has been established by cancer researchers that alcohol is a risk factor for many types of cancers. What may not be that well known is the fact that alcohol is not a risk factor, maybe even be a risk reducer for other types cancers. So how does alcohol specifically affect prostate cancer? This blog is going to take a look at the relation between alcohol consumption and prostate cancer.

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Categories: Cancer Risk, Cancer Screening, Prostate Cancer

May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

While bladder cancer is becoming more common, it is often overshadowed by other cancers such as lung, breast, and prostate. With May being Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, there's no better time than now to discuss what bladder cancer is, possible symptoms, risk factors, and preventive measures you can take to reduce your risk. For this reason, we're going to take a closer look at bladder cancer so that you can be armed with the proper information to take control of your health. 

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Categories: Bladder Cancer, Cancer Prevention, Cancer Risk

Is Heartburn an Indication of Cancer?

It's impossible to imagine just how bad heartburn really is until you've actually experienced it firsthand. It can be so painful that people go to the emergency room because they're afraid they're having a heart attack. Some people struggle with heartburn nearly every day, while others only experience it once in a great while. It's estimated that heartburn strikes 15 million Americans daily. The number one concern most people after they've finally gotten some relief from the pain is what was the cause of the heartburn.

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Categories: Cancer Risk, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Oral, Head and Neck Cancer

Gene Mutations & Cancer: Is Cancer Hereditary?

You hear the word cancer all of the time, but how does cancer actually happen? Cancer is a genetic disease that happens when changes occur in the genes of cells in the body. These abnormal cells then grow at faster than normal rates. Cancerous cells invade the body and destroy normal cells causing systems in the body not to work correctly or at all.

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Categories: Cancer Risk, Genetic Testing

Healthy Weight Loss Tips: Facts versus Myths

Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health. People who are overweight have an increased risk of osteoarthritis, especially in weight-bearing joints like the knees. Being overweight also increases your risk of developing certain diseases like type two diabetes.

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Categories: Cancer Risk

6 Tips 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

Tobacco Use 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 Risk, Cancer Survivorship, Survivorship & Health