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With January being Cervical Health Awareness Month, now is a good time to schedule an appointment or talk to your primary care provider about getting a Pap smear.

Almost always, a rash on the breast is due to a minor and treatable condition, such as an infection or allergy. Rarely, though, it can be due to something more severe like inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). This is a type of breast cancer that develops quite differently than most breast cancers. Instead of lumps, inflammatory breast cancer can appear with a rash.

While it’s impossible to prevent breast cancer, it’s important to understand your level of risk. By understanding the risk factors that we can change – such as exercise and alcohol consumption – we can learn to adapt our lifestyle to lower our risk for breast cancer. And by understanding the risk factors that we cannot change – such as cancer history and genetic factors – we can have informed conversations with our doctors about screening recommendations and medical interventions.

Lung cancer does not only happen to smokers. Non-smokers are also at risk for lung cancer. In addition to second-hand smoke, non-smokers can get lung cancer from other contributing factors such as asbestos, radon and air pollution. Luckily, there are innovations in screenings and treatments that are moving the field of lung cancer forward and improving patient outcomes.

Cancer patients can receive immunotherapy, a cancer treatment, without having to travel from Anderson County. AnMed Health offers immunotherapy, which enables a cancer patient's immune system to detect and destroy cancer cells more effectively without the many side effects of traditional chemotherapy.

While vaping was initially passed off as a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, there is no denying that vaping has negative health consequences. It has been linked to a variety of respiratory conditions, including lung cancer. However, experts still do not fully know which components of e-cigarettes are responsible for negative health consequences. This means that vape users must be cautious and take a proactive approach to protect themselves from the dangers of lung cancer. Below, we discuss what we do know about the relationship between vaping and lung cancer.

A new cancer diagnosis brings a fraught time, filled with more questions than answers. It can be difficult to share news of a diagnosis, even with – or perhaps especially with – your closest family and friends. Begin with those who are closest and most supportive to you, and remain as honest and authentic as you can about how you feel and what you need. Here are some tips to guide you through these conversations with family, friends and colleagues.

A man may not think about his prostate, until it becomes a problem. So September is designated as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to help educate men about their prostates, which plays a role in reproduction, and when to seek medical help if needed. Dr. Michael Martin with AnMed Health Lakeside Family Medicine discusses the importance of prostate education.

While there’s no way to prevent prostate cancer, there are several measures you can take to reduce your risk. Good news: The steps you can take to reduce your risk are also the same steps you take to maintain good overall health, dealing with diet, exercise and health education.

Prostate cancer is among the most common cancers for American men, but it’s one that’s often misunderstood. However, we’ve learned so much more about prostate cancer in recent years, and screenings and treatments have gotten more accurate and effective. Keeping up with this information and these advancements can be the key to protecting yourself and your loved ones. Increase your prostate cancer awareness with these nine facts.

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