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Genetic testing identifies risk of developing certain cancers


For many of us, being healthy to prevent disease is a top priority. To do so, we eat foods that are good for us and exercise regularly. But the inner workings of our bodies are complex and changes can occur at the genetic level for a variety of reasons. These changes, called mutations, have a role in the development of all cancers.

Genetic testing has increasingly been used as a tool to identify those who may be at a greater risk of developing a cancer that's passed on through a family line.

Sarcoma Awareness Month: Q&A on uterine sarcoma, a rare gynecologic cancer


Sarcoma is a rare cancer that develops in tissues of the body, such as bones or muscles. One of the types of sarcoma we treat at CTCA is uterine sarcoma. Dr. Justin Chura, Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology and Medical Director of Robotic Surgery at CTCA in Philadelphia, recently answered our questions about the disease, which the American Cancer Society estimates 1,600 women will be diagnosed with this year.

Practice smart grilling this 4th of July


With the July 4th weekend approaching, many of you will be heading to barbeques with family and friends. But before you fire up the grill, make sure you understand the risks, and how you can make healthy grilling choices this season.

Well and worried: How to move on after cancer


Most people with cancer have one goal in common: remission. When you reach this milestone you may experience relief and joy, as well as feelings you didn’t expect such as apprehension and worry. After you’ve dealt with the challenges of cancer, it can come as a surprise to feel these mixed emotions. The good news is you’re not alone and there are some helpful ways to move on after cancer.

Men’s Health Month: 5 cancer symptoms men should not ignore


It’s a stereotype that all too often rings true: Men frequently ignore signs when something is wrong with their health. Many refuse to see their doctor for health issues, let alone talk about them with their spouse or closest friends.

Recognizing the common signs of cancer—and more importantly, seeing a doctor about them—can increase a man’s chances of detecting the disease early on. More treatment options are available when cancer is diagnosed in an early stage.

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