For many people, chronic health conditions are a constant battle. Heart Disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis are some of the most common chronic health issues that arise. One in four adults has two or more chronic health conditions, and seven of the top 10 causes of death in 2010 were due to chronic diseases.
Plaque and bad breath aren’t the only oral health issues you have to consider. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, around 48,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, with close to 10,000 dying from the disease annually.
There are millions of breast cancer survivors in the United States, and researchers are doing plenty of work to try and save even more women from the deadly disease. Here are a few of the initiatives that medical centers are studying to try and cure and prevent breast cancer.
Breast cancer has several different stages that can make a big difference in the severity and necessary treatment of the disease. Depending on when a person is diagnosed, the stage of breast cancer will dictate what treatment options are available. Early detection will help you catch breast cancer in an earlier stage, which greatly improves a person’s ability to fight the disease.
Different factors play into discovering what stage a person’s breast cancer is in, so we’ve created a quick guide to help you learn about the various stages.
Early detection of breast cancer helps save thousands of lives each year. According to the American Cancer Society, over 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed throughout 2015. Being aware of the warning signs of breast cancer and going through regular exams can lead to an early diagnosis and successful treatment.
Roughly one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. As the second most common type of cancer for women, millions of people will have to battle breast cancer, whether it’s the women fighting it or the families that will lend support alongside their loved ones.
There are more ways than wearing pink to raise awareness of the disease during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are just a couple of examples to help get the world out this October.
Your skin is your largest organ. It helps protect your body from outside elements, but problems can arise in the line of duty.
Too much exposure to UV light can lead to melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Melanoma kills nearly 10,000 people in the U.S. annually and more than 135,000 cases are diagnosed each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Earlier this month, we listed some ways to help protect yourself against UV light, but you need to know how to see if you may be suffering from skin cancer. Here are ways to look for the warning signs of melanoma.
The Spring 2015 issue of Clinical Connections, a publication of Hospice of the Western Reserve, features a special focus on cancer care. Dr. Katherine Eilenfeld of Westshore Primary Care shares her perspective on the importance of palliative care for oncology patients in the article on the front page. Read the full article below.
The Importance of Palliative Care for the Oncology Patient
The diagnosis of cancer is arguably one of the most difficult pieces of information our patients will ever receive. They hear the dreaded C-word and simply shut down. It is at these moments that their physicians have the distinct opportunity to guide the future of their patients’ care in a significant way.
Cancer and its treatments can cause a variety of unwelcome symptoms and side effects. National organizations that specialize in cancer care are recognizing the importance of addressing these issues head-on. The idea of aggressively managing patient symptoms during the pursuit of cure is not a new one, but has undergone a transformation in the last decade. Palliative care – sometimes now referred to as supportive care – is aimed at relieving these symptoms and side effects.
But it’s not all about prescriptions. Palliative care focuses on the whole person and aims at supporting patients on an emotional, physical, social and spiritual level from the time of diagnosis, through treatments, and beyond.
Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer? Millions of new cases are opened each year for the disease, making it the fourth most common type of cancer in the U.S.
Fortunately, if everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, six out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March, here are some signs to look out for and how you can make a difference.
Caring for loved ones with a serious or long-term illness is stressful. Spending time agonizing over decisions and trying to determine what the best course is for treatment can be daunting even for those who have been through it before.
Patients and families who want more control of their health care, or the health care of a loved one, have turned to palliative care. You can get palliative care at the same time as treatment for the disease so that you can live your life as well as possible.
What is Palliative Care?
Think of palliative care as a team approach to caring for someone with a chronic illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for the patient and family while focusing on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness.
I often talk about palliative care as having two arms: one is addressing goals of medical care and treatments and the other is aggressively trying to manage symptoms. Neither of these should prevent a person from continuing active treatment or pursuing a cure (if possible) of their disease.
Palliative care is intended to better educate patients on the course and progression of their disease, to help their medical team better understand the patients’ goals and priorities, and to do all this while improving the patients’ everyday life and controlling symptoms.