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How an oncologist helps prevent cancer

I know cancer. I know how cancer starts, how it survives and why it multiplies. I know why it spreads, where it likes to go and the devastation it leaves behind. 

I am a radiation oncologist and I treat cancer every day. So when I get home at night, I think about how to prevent cancer. Like you, I want to protect myself and my loved ones from this epidemic. Here are my thoughts based on the current medical literature:

Melanoma Monday: Safe sunscreen choices


May is Melanoma Awareness Month, a time to raise melanoma awareness and promote ways to prevent skin cancer. As the most common cancer type, skin cancer affects more than 3.5 million people each year in the United States. The good news is this type of cancer can largely be prevented by limiting harmful exposure to UV rays.

Staying in the shade when you’re outside is one way to limit exposure, but if fun in the sun is on your summer agenda, follow these tips to help protect your skin.

Congratulations, Cleveland Clinic

I would like to formally congratulate Cleveland Clinic on the opening of a Chinese herbal ward in its Center for Integrative Medicine. As an established academic medical center with an excellent reputation for cardiology, urology, and many other disciplines, the Cleveland Clinic is in a unique position to bring attention to the use and value of herbal therapies as part of a formal treatment plan.

Eat your veggies? ‘5-a-day’ may not be enough


A key to lowering your risk of cancer and heart disease and living a longer life may be to eat seven or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day, say researchers from University College London. They argue five servings of fruit and veggies simply isn’t enough to prevent disease and increase longevity.

Pelvic pain and ovarian cysts: Do they mean cancer?


While pain is a common symptom of a woman’s period, it might seem uncommon if you’re having persistent pelvic pain. It might come every month for a few months, then stop. Or you might feel it randomly throughout the month, with no association with your period at all.

In this age of self-diagnosis, pelvic pain is just a Google search away from a cancer diagnosis.

Fertility preservation for people with cancer who want kids


Being told you have cancer and that it may affect your fertility can be devastating for people who haven’t started a family. Fortunately, the dream of having a child may be possible, thanks to continuing advances in fertility preservation. During Infertility Awareness Week, we explore the challenges people with cancer who want kids are facing, as well as the potential options available to them.

The danger of comparison: Positive ways to manage your cancer journey


When you’re diagnosed with cancer, it can feel good to share your experience with other patients, especially if they have the same cancer and stage as you. Relating is important, but it can lead to comparison.

Joanna Montgomery, a survivor of fallopian tube cancer, wrote a column in The Huffington Post about the dangers of comparing your cancer journey with another person’s. She writes:

Music plays a role in cancer coping skills, study finds



Video: Music Therapy for Cancer Patients

Music Therapy for Cancer Patients

Music plays many roles for people throughout their lives. It can recall happy times, or be soothing during difficult times. A new study suggests that music has a powerful effect on a person’s ability to cope during cancer treatment.

Addressing health disparities in cancer


Cancer may be colorblind, but statistics show that minorities are most affected. Minorities not only have a higher risk of developing cancers such as prostate, colorectal and breast, but they are also more likely to die from the disease.

For National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, we’re exploring the issue and providing resources for low- or no-cost access to cancer screening exams.

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