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Breast Cancer: Risk, Screening and Signs

by Laura Klein, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Breast Center

Posted on October 17, 2017

October is a month that is known for pumpkin picking, hayrides and beautiful fall foliage. The month is also synonymous with breast cancer awareness and features walks, fundraisers and nationwide comradery to raise awareness, as well as funds, to beat the disease. This cause is as important as ever, with approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. 
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How Can I Decrease My Breast Cancer Risk?

by Eleonora Teplinsky, M.D., Director, Breast Medical Oncology, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

Posted on October 6, 2017

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women (except for skin cancers). One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime with an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer in 2017. With these sobering statistics, a very common question is “How can I decrease my breast cancer risk?” There are many unavoidable risk factors for breast cancer including gender, age, family history, genetics, personal history of breast cancer, prior radiation to the chest, menstrual and pregnancy history, race/ethnicity, and certain breast changes. However, there are also several modifiable breast cancer risk factors that women can focus on to decrease their risk of breast cancer and to live a healthier life!
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Ovarian Cancer: Risk Factors, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

by Marie C. Welshinger, M.D., Medical Director, Gynecologic Oncology, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care, and Eleonora Teplinsky, M.D., Director, Breast Medical Oncology, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

Posted on September 8, 2017

Ovarian cancer is the 9th most common cancer in women and although it only accounts for approximately 3 percent of cancers in women, it is responsible for the most deaths of any cancer involving the female reproductive tract. The American Cancer Society estimates 22,440 new ovarian cancers will be diagnosed and 14,080 deaths due to ovarian cancer will occur in the United States in 2017.
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Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

by Howard Frey, M.D., Medical Director, The Urologic Oncology Center, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

Posted on September 5, 2017

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can be treated successfully. In fact, more than 2 million men in the U.S. count themselves as prostate cancer survivors. Most cases of prostate cancer occur in men older than 50, and two out of three cases are in men over 65.
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Stay Sun Smart This Summer!

by Tamar Zapolanski, M.D., FAAD, Dermatologist, Valley Medical Group - Park Ridge

Posted on May 16, 2017

Did you know that skin cancer is highly preventable? Because May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we want to highlight the fact that our lifestyle choices contribute greatly to our chances of getting skin cancer. The most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers is sun exposure. 

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Ovarian Cancer: What Are the Symptoms and Who is At Risk?

by Noah Goldman, M.D., Director of Gynecologic Oncology, The Valley Hospital

Posted on September 20, 2016

According to the National Cancer Institute, ovarian cancer accounts for approximately 3% of all cancers in women and is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the United States.
Because women in the early stages of ovarian cancer have either no symptoms or mild symptoms that can be easily – but mistakenly – attributed to other causes, it often goes undiagnosed until it has reached an advanced stage.
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Does a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Require Treatment?

by Howard Frey, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Urologic Oncology Center

Posted on September 13, 2016

From a patient perspective, hearing the word cancer is both frightening and shocking. In the case of prostate cancer, a diagnosis is initially made after a prostate biopsy based on the results of a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test or abnormal digital rectal examination. 
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The Truth About Tanning

by Valley Health System

Posted on May 10, 2016

We're all excited for warmer weather and let's face it, we all love the look of tanned skin. But that tan is an indication of sun damage. Learn the truth about tanning.
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the 411 on Mammograms

by Dr. Laura Klein, breast surgeon and Medical Director of The Valley Hospital Breast Center

Posted on October 1, 2015

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. Regular screenings for breast cancer are so important because it’s been shown time and time again that regular screening for breast cancer with a mammogram and a breast self-exam reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer by catching the cancer early, when it is more easily and successfully treated.

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Mark the Date for the Great American Smokeout and Make a Plan to Kick the Habit!

by Robert Korst, M.D., Medical Director, Blumenthal Cancer Center; and Director of Thoracic Surgery

Posted on November 18, 2014

The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Great American Smokeout—which always falls on the third Thursday of November—is just days away. If you're a smoker or tobacco user who's been looking for some inspiration, this might just be it. On November 20, the ACS encourages smokers across the nation to use the date to make a plan to quit, even if only for the day.
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