County helps to spread the word, save lives with breast cancer events, initiatives

October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Oneida County was at the forefront of the effort to spread the word about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. The county took part in a series of events throughout the month to assist in raising awareness about mammograms and encouraging its employees, community, families and individuals to get screened.... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Reduce your cancer risk by making healthy choices

You can reduce your risk of getting a variety of different forms of cancer by making healthy choices like keeping a healthy weight, avoiding tobacco, limiting the amount of alcohol you drink, and protecting your skin, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The Atlanta-based federal health agency recommends the following lifestyle choices to lower individuals risks... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Cancer among men

Here is a look at the three most common cancers among men, accoridng to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The numbers in parentheses are the rates per 100,000 men of all races and Hispanic origins combined in the United States: Top three types of cancer in men Prostate cancer (101.6) First among men of all races and Hispanic origin populations. Lung cancer (69.8) Second... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Risk-based model may lead to better lung cancer screening

Researchers with the National Cancer Institute have developed a risk model-based approach for selecting smokers and former smokers who may be candidates for lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT), the NCI has reported. Using data from two lung cancer screening studies and a U.S. health survey, the researchers estimated that the new approach might prevent... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Prostate cancer risk factors

A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease such as cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Different cancers have different risk factors. Some risk factors, like smoking, can be changed. Others, like a person’s age or family history, can’t be changed. But having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get the disease.... 12:00pm 10/31/16

What is leukemia?

Leukemia is cancer of the white blood cells. It develops in the bone marrow and spreads into the blood and to other organs. There are several types of leukemia. They are grouped in two ways: by how rapidly the disease develops (acute vs. chronic leukemia) and by the type of blood cell involved (lymphocytic and myeloid leukemia being the most common). In acute leukemia, bone... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Signs and symptoms of melanoma skin cancer

Breast cancer is but one of many different types of cancer that affect both women and men.  The most common is skin cancer, and melanoma, a virulent form of skin cancer, is among the hardest to treat, according to the American Cancer Society.  There are several things people should know about cancer, particularly, skin cancer, the ACS says, includng the warning signs and... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Skin cancer facts and figures

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.  To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning, the U.S. Centers for Disase Control says. Here are some additional tips, facts and figures from the CDC: Sun safety tips... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Lung cancer is leading cause of cancer death in U.S.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Lung cancer begins in the lungs and may spread to lymph nodes or other organs in the body, such as the brain. Cancer from other organs also may spread to the lungs. When cancer cells spread from one organ to another, they are called metastases. Lung... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Skin cancer — Know the odds

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The following statistics refer to melanomas of the skin. Non-epithelial skin cancers, which are not reflected below, represent 7% of skin cancers that are tracked by central cancer registries. These statistics also do not include data for basal cell and... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Sun safety tips for men

Men, especially those with lighter skin, are more likely than anybody else to get skin cancer, including melanoma—the deadliest kind of skin cancer, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Consider your exposure When you think sun protection, you might think about a day at the beach. But over your lifetime, you get sun exposure doing everyday things like biking,... 12:00pm 10/31/16

What’s new in prostate cancer research?

Research into the causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of prostate is ongoing in many medical centers throughout the world, according to the American Cancer Society, which outlines a host of research on its website. Here is a look at what is new in the study of prostate cancer, from the American Cancer Society website:... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Breast cancer groups offer community, family, financial support

Women or men facing cancer may find social emotional and financial help through cancer support groups. Breast cancer survivors in the United States number 3.1 million, and that number does not include spouses, children and family and friends impacted by the illness. Here are several options that help support to them and their families. Online help Online support groups provide... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Komen renews concern over mammography screening

The leader of the world’s largest breast cancer organization says women and their doctors should be the final decision-makers when it comes to breast cancer screening, and that screening tests, if recommended by a health care provider, should be covered by insurers and government regardless of a woman’s age. The comments from Susan G. Komen President and CEO Dr. Judy Salerno... 12:00pm 10/31/16

American Breast Cancer Foundation provides information and support

At its Columbia, Maryland headquarters, the American Breast Cancer Foundation operates a national Breast Cancer Assistance Program that provides financial assistance for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests for uninsured and underserved individuals, regardless of age or gender. ABCF makes these lifesaving tests available to individuals who otherwise would have no... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Spreading the word can help save a life

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early, and the equally good news, according to the federal government’s National Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, is that... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Breast cancer support groups

Support groups are an important resource for breast cancer survivors. They are designed to increase the support network of the people in the group. Types of support groups Support groups vary in their focus. Some groups mainly provide information and education (for example, what to expect with chemotherapy and tips on how to cope with treatment). Other groups focus on... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Cancer among women

Here is a look at the three most common cancers among men, accoridng to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The numbers in parentheses are the rates per 100,000 men of all races and Hispanic origins combined in the United States: Three most common cancers among women Breast cancer (123.7) First among women of all races and Hispanic origin populations. Lung cancer (51.5)... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Komen Foundation helps sufferers access sources of support

A diagnosis of breast cancer can bring on a wide range of emotions including shock, fear, denial, sadness and anger. Although time may ease these feelings, they may never fully go away, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. So, to help individuals as they go through the different stages of grief and healing, the Komen Foundation has developed a social support network to... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Common types of breast cancer

Breast carcinoma Breast Cancer, while a general name, encompasses many different types of cancer. Breast cancers may start in various parts of the breast and are named accordingly. When a patient has a biopsy pathologists will examine the cancer cells under the microscope to determine the exact type of cancer.  (Dcis) ductal carcinoma insitu (DCIS) Ductal Carcinoma INSITU is... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Support forum provides comfort for survivors

The Mohawk Valley Health System’s Cancer Center hosts a monthly support forum for patients and cancer survivors. The cancer support forum meets the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Cancer Center’s Fireplace Lounge on the main floor of Faxton Campus, 1676 Sunset Avenue, Utica. The forum, led by the Cancer Center’s social worker, offers support to anyone who has... 12:00pm 10/31/16

CDC urges men to increase awareness of prostate cancer

The prostate is a walnut-sized organ located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum in men. It produces fluid that makes up a part of semen. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine and semen through the penis and out of the body), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among... 12:00pm 10/31/16

Cancer diagnosis leads to higher quit rates among smokers

The largest study of its kind to date finds smokers diagnosed with cancer were more likely to quit than other smokers, supporting the hypothesis that a cancer diagnosis is a “teachable moment” that can be used to promote cessation.  The study by American Cancer Society researchers appeared in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Smoking increases the risk of second primary... 12:00pm 10/31/16