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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.

Prostate cancer – the most frequently diagnosed cancer for men in the United States, next to skin cancer – has four stages. Stage 1 is the earliest, meaning the cancer has not spread, and Stage 4 is the most advanced, showing spread to other areas of the body. Understanding these stages of prostate cancer – as well as the diagnostic tests that determine those stages – offers insight into how quickly the cancer will grow and if treatment is recommended.

Whether you are scheduled for a diagnostic test or routine exam, getting ready for a colonoscopy can feel extremely overwhelming. At AnMed Health, we care about your well-being so our dedicated team of professionals has compiled this important information on how best to prepare for a colonoscopy. In the days leading up to your exam, please take time to review these recommendations and reach out to your doctor if you have any specific questions or concerns.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. The disease affects more than 4% of both men and women at some time during their life. While colon and rectal cancers are a reality for many Americans, early detection through screening can and does save lives, which is why the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends regular screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 45. There are multiple colorectal cancer screening strategies your doctor may recommend. Here, we discuss the different colorectal screening types, how often you should get them, and what to expect during the screening.