Author: Southwest Diagnostic Center for Molecular Imaging

Coping With “Scanxiety” During And After Cancer Treatment

If someone has experienced cancer treatments, they will never forget the first time they got the news. It was after some test or scan, and that feeling in the pit of your stomach never goes away. With memories of negative results from prior scans and tests, who wouldn’t be nervous? If you or a loved one is going through follow up scans after cancer treatment, here are some recommendations for coping with “scanxiety” during and after cancer treatment.

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7 Ways You Can Lower Your Risk Of Colon Cancer

As with all cancers, catching the disease early in its development is all-important in preventing a polyp or tumor from becoming cancerous. Right now finding colon cancer before it becomes malignant has never been easier. Let’s find out some details about that, as well as 7 ways you can lower your risk of colon cancer.

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Esophageal Cancer Prevention And Risk Factors

The American Cancer Society estimates 19,260 new esophageal cancer cases will be diagnosed this year. This includes 15,310 men and 3,950 women. Deaths from this cancer are estimated at 15,530 in 2021. However, treatment for esophageal cancer has improved and survival rates are getting much better. You would be wise to learn more about esophageal cancer prevention and risk factors.

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Do You Know The Five Warning Signs Of Prostate Cancer?

Do you know that prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American men next to skin cancer? Do you know that the prostate is a vital part of a man’s reproductive system? Do you know men can have both benign and cancerous growths in the prostate gland? Most importantly, do you know the five warning signs of prostate cancer? Every man should know when to take action.

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Colon Cancer Recurrence: What You Need To Know

For cancer patients, the only thing worse than being diagnosed with cancer is being told you now have a cancer recurrence. This means you have been diagnosed a second time, and the cancer has come back somewhere in your body. If you or a loved one has had colon cancer, here’s what you should know about recurrence.

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Colon Cancer Screenings: 45 Is The New 50

Several well-known medical entities have updated their colon cancer screening recommendations from age 50 to 45 for those with average risk. Recently, both the American Cancer Society and the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) have made these changes due to the increasing numbers of young adults being diagnosed with colon cancer. These routine screenings can catch colon cancer sooner making it easier to treat and increasing the survival rates, so now, for colon cancer screenings: 45 is the new 50. Continue reading “Colon Cancer Screenings: 45 Is The New 50”

The Advantages Of MRI For Prostate Cancer Screening

Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer for American men after skin cancer. Although this is the case, most men do not die from it. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, but only 1 in 41 will die from the disease according to the American Cancer Society. Interesting statistics, yes, so what are the advantages of prostate MRI for prostate cancer screening?

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Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Cancer Screenings During The Pandemic

Early in the COVID pandemic, cancer screening centers and outpatient offices were closed. At the same time elective medical procedures were put on hold and suspended to better prioritize urgent care. That is no longer the case, so if you were one of those who had a screening delayed, here are the reasons why you shouldn’t put off cancer screenings during the pandemic even one more day.

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Why African Americans Are At Greater Risk Of Colon Cancer

Did you know that African Americans in the US are at a higher risk of developing colon cancer? If you are surprised, you are not alone. Recently we lost the actor Chadwick Boseman to colon cancer at age 43, and many were shocked, but it highlights the grim fact that black people are at greater risk of colon cancer. Let’s find out why such an otherwise healthy man may have succumbed to this disease.

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