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Five-Year Cancer Survivor from Carpentersville Celebrates Life with more than 115 Fellow Survivors

Irene McNeil, a breast cancer survivor from Carpentersville, Illinois, joined more than 115 five-year cancer survivors on Friday, June 5, 2015, for an emotional and momentous walk down a red carpet lined with hundreds of cheering family, friends, caregivers and hospital care team members, to celebrate five years of cancer survivorship at the annual Celebrate Life® event held at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern).

Itching After a Shower and Other Surprising Cancer Symptoms

“Certain cancer symptoms almost always prompt a visit to the doctor...But there are other symptoms that most people ignore.”

Eugene Ahn, MD, Hematologist/Oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center shares with Bottom Line Personal magazine symptoms most people ignore, but could be a sign of cancer.

It is important to note that if you have any of the symptoms alone, the likelihood of you having cancer is less than one percent. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the symptom, but don’t panic if it does arise.

Tata Tattoos help breast cancer survivors feel finished

Breast cancer survivor Mara DeFilippis, 42, said she felt like a blank canvas in the time between her reconstructive surgery and when she was healed enough to have areolas and nipples permanently tattooed. To help women experiencing the same disconnect between their bodies and their sense of themselves after mastectomies, DeFilippis has developed a line of temporary, 3-D printed tattoos — called Tata Tattoos — that look like raised nipples and lifelike areolas.

"Products like Tata Tattoos provide a vital, sometimes overlooked service," said Randall Craft, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Goodyear. "These are stories that almost every woman who goes through this process has. There can be a lot of discomfort and anxiety about their bodies. So anything that helps women feel more like themselves is helpful."

Cancer Prevention Strategies

Lifestyle and environmental factors are important to cancer prevention strategies. Only 5 percent to 10 percent of cancers are estimated to develop due to inherited genes, explains Cancer Treatment Centers of America naturopathic practitioners Sara Gomendi, ND, FABNO, and Jessica Moore, ND.

How to tell if a company's culture is right for you

“It is important for someone to learn about an organization’s culture prior to accepting a position. Culture is a large variable that influences overall employee engagement and the longevity that individuals stay with an organization. If it is not the right culture fit, someone is unlikely to be contributing their best and their tenure will likely be short,” says Kristin Darby, CIO at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America®.

Why You Need to Know Your Family's Medical History

“The number of ties and links regarding health and medical information between family members is much higher and stronger than you may think.” Eric Fowler, MS, Manager of Genetics Counseling at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, joins other experts in the discussion of why it is so vital to know your family medical history. Eric shares that the more you are able to provide your physician, the better.

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