Advances in colon cancer screenings

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in both men and women in South Carolina. It is also the one cancer that is nearly 100% avoidable due to the many screening methods that exist. However, even with all the available screening methods, it is often diagnosed at a very late stage due to...
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Cancer survivor enjoys ultimate gift during holidays

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Cancer survivor Katie York will spend this holiday season enjoying the greatest gift she could imagine – holding her newborn son four years after learning she might never be able to have children at all. At 27 years old, York faced not only a diagnosis of Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2015, but also...
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Why you should think twice about eating red meat

Recent guidelines published in Annals of Internal Medicine inform adults that there is no reason not to continue consuming red and processed meats at current levels of intake. These recommendations are based on the facts that the observed negative effects of red and processed meat are very small, the quality of evidence is low to...
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Changes in your breast: Normal or concerning?

Do you know what things to look for when performing a breast self-exam? It can be confusing to check your breasts when you aren’t sure what exactly you’re looking for. Many questions often come to mind: What are the worrisome signs? When should I contact my physician? It is important for women to have breast...
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Breast health blind spots

As we head into October, a cycle of predictable events unfolds. The leaves start to turn, the Clemson University football team revs up its National Championship machine and Breast Cancer Awareness Month arrives. Now, I can’t do anything to make nature’s paintings any better. Nor can I do anything about Clemson’s juggernaut – believe me,...
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Lifelong care for a lifelong condition

Vaniesha McFadden and her newborn baby daughter have a lot in common. Mothers and daughters often do, but this duo both share a diagnosis of sickle cell disease (SCD). And not only that, but they both receive treatment for the disease from the same program. Prisma Health’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program is one of...
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Prisma Health expands groundbreaking cancer therapies across more of S.C.

GREENVILLE, SC – Bolstered by an $8.2 million grant from the National Health Institutes, Prisma Health Cancer Institute will expand its groundbreaking cancer research into the Midlands. The additional clinical trials in the Midlands will launch this fall and initially target lymphomas, leukemia and solid tumors. “South Carolina is facing a health crisis, and for...
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When ‘adulting’ involves a cancer diagnosis

When one hears the terms “adolescent” and “young adult,” several things may come to mind. You may think about those in high school or college. Maybe you think about that whole period of time after college when you are trying to figure out how this whole “adulting” thing works. While there are many stressful factors...
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Breaking down the new mammography standards

Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed changes to mammography standards. These are the first changes to the regulation of mammography screenings in more than 20 years and will improve quality and modernize breast cancer screening. The key changes include providing patients with information about breast density, in the form of...
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Center for Cancer Prevention and Wellness aims to identify, prevent cancer at earliest molecular development

GREENVILLE, S.C. – As someone familiar with the devastation of a loved one’s cancer diagnosis, Steve Johnson has long been an advocate for knowing his own risks for developing the disease. So when a genetic test revealed he carried a BRCA1 gene mutation, a high indicator for breast cancer, he suggested his three daughters get...
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