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How to Participate in Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. Learn about this rare type of cancer and what you can do to raise cancer awareness.

What Is Testicular Cancer?

Testicular cancer develops in one of both of the testicles found only in men. Testicles are the male reproductive organs responsible for producing sperm, testosterone, and other male hormones. Although testicular cancer is rare, it mostly affects young men between the ages of 20-34.

Testicular cancer riskHow to Participate in Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

The risk of developing cancer varies from person to person and depends on many different factors. Here are a few factors that could affect a man’s testicular cancer risk:

Age: Testicular cancer mostly occurs in men who are between 20 to 34 years old. But, it can still develop in men of any age.

Cryptorchidism: This condition occurs when a man has an undescended testicle. Before birth, cryptorchidism can be caused if one or both of the testes have not dropped into the scrotum. Doctors can reduce a man’s testicular cancer risk if they perform surgery to correct cryptorchidism in an infant or child before puberty.

Family history: A man’s cancer risk is increased if one of his close family members, like a brother or father, was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Previous cancer diagnosis: In 2-5% of men who have had cancer in one testicle previously are likely to develop cancer in the other one.

Race: White men are more likely to develop testicular cancer than men of other races.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): HIV-positive men are at a higher risk of developing this type of cancer than men who are HIV-negative.

Early warning signs of testicular cancer

Testicular cancer, like many other types of cancer, is best treated when it is detected early. Look for warning signs and learn what is normal for your body. Communicate with a doctor immediately if you notice an enlarged testicle, a small lump or hardness found in one or both of the testes, or pain or tenderness in the scrotum.

Here are other symptoms of testicular cancer:

  • Swelling on the testicle; a tumor could be the size of pea or marble, and can sometimes be bigger
  • Discomfort in the testicle(s) or scrotum
  • Changes in how the testicles feel, like if one becomes heavier or more firm than the other
  • Aches or pain in the abdomen or groin
  • Buildup of fluid in scrotum

Participate in Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Whether you have been diagnosed with testicular cancer or whether it’s affected a friend or loved one, it’s great to get involved by helping raise cancer awareness for the disease. Here are some things you can do to get involved this April for Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Get your friends, family, or organization together to raise money for cancer research.
  • Perform a testicular cancer self-exam on yourself, or encourage the men in your life to stay on top of their self-exams.
  • Speak with your doctor about understanding your cancer risk, and get a cancer screening.
  • Learn more about testicular cancer, and share what you know with friends and family.

At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, our specialists offer services in medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, and pulmonology. If you have more questions about other types of cancer or how you can get started with cancer prevention, visit our website. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, call 702-952-3350 to schedule an appointment today.

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What to Know about Head, Neck, and Oral Cancer

April is Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month. Learn about the causes, types, and symptoms of these cancers. Then, take action to spread awareness and do something about head, neck, and oral cancer prevention.

What Is Head, Neck, and Oral Cancer?

What to Know about Head, Neck, and Oral CancerHead, neck, and oral cancers start in the tissues of the head and neck including the throat, lips, larynx, mouth, nose, and salivary glands. These cancers usually start in the squamous cells, which are the moist surfaces that line the inside of the head and neck. An increased risk of head, neck, and oral cancer is caused by tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, or infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Oncologists categorize head and neck cancers by the area of the head or neck in which they start.

Oral cavity

Cancer in the oral cavity is cancer that starts anywhere in the mouth. It can affect the lips, front two-thirds of the tongue, gums, inner lining of the cheeks and lips, under the tongue, roof of the mouth, and area of gum behind the wisdom teeth. This type of head and neck cancer affects how a person eats and talks and it may cause pain in the mouth.

Pharynx and larynx

Pharyngeal cancer, or cancer of the pharynx, starts in the throat or hollow tube that leads from the nose to the esophagus. It includes areas of tissue behind the nose, in the back of the mouth, at the base of tongue, and the tonsils.

Laryngeal cancer, or cancer of the larynx, affects the passage below the pharynx in the neck. This is where you’ll find the vocal chords. The larynx contains tissue called the epiglottis, which prevents food from entering the air passages.

Cancers of the pharynx and larynx can affect a person’s ability to breathe smoothly and deeply, in addition to trouble swallowing food.

Paranasal sinus and nasal cavity

Paranasal sinus cancer starts in the small, hollow cavities that surround the nose called the sinuses. Cancers of the nasal cavity start in the hollow space that runs along the roof of the mouth and connects to the throat. Cancers of the sinuses and nasal cavity affect a person’s breathing.

Support for Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Patients

Head, neck, and oral cancer awareness begins with learning about symptoms, risk factors, and types of cancer treatment. Treatment for head, neck, and oral cancer depends on many factors, including:

  • Location of the tumor
  • Stage of cancer
  • Patient’s age and overall health

Treatments for head cancer, oral cancer, and neck cancer can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or a combination of various cancer treatments. Patients who have received an HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer diagnosis are often treated differently than those with an HPV-negative diagnosis.

Head and neck cancer warning signs

When cancer is detected early, it can be treated more effectively. If cancer has been detected in its later stages, it’s more likely that it has spread to other areas of the body. Be mindful of your health and your cancer risk by watching out for the following symptoms of head and neck cancers:

  • Sore or lump in the mouth that won’t heal
  • Difficulty swallowing food or drink
  • Hoarseness developed in the voice
  • White or red patch on the gums, tongue, lining of the mouth
  • Swelling in the jaw
  • Bleeding or pain in the mouth
  • Trouble breathing or speaking
  • Chronic pain in the neck or throat
  • Frequent headaches or ringing in the ears
  • Blocked sinuses or chronic sinus infections
  • Swelling under chin or jawbone

If you notice any of these symptoms, speak with your doctor or dentist to inquire whether they are symptoms of a head, neck, and oral cancer or if they indicate a less complicated condition. For head, neck and oral cancer prevention, ask your doctor about getting an HPV vaccination.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers is a multi-specialty practice consisting of medical oncologists, hematologists, radiation oncologists, breast surgeons and pulmonologists. Our doctors strive to provide the best care possible to patients with cancer, blood disorders, breast diseases, pulmonary diseases and sleep disorders.  To learn more about our practice or to inquire about cancer treatment options, visit our website. To schedule an appointment, call 702-952-3350.

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Get Better Sleep during Cancer Treatment

People often underestimate the power and health benefits of a good night’s sleep. Cancer patients may often have trouble sleeping for a number of reasons. There are many ways to combat insomnia during cancer treatment by seeking advice from your cancer care team.  

Why Do I Have Insomnia during Cancer Treatment?

Sleep disturbance in cancer patients occurs for many different reasons, depending on the person. Cancer patients are often more tired and require more sleep while in active treatment. However, certain side effects might make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep:

  • Cancer-related pain
  • Anxiety or worry
  • Depression
  • Night sweats
  • Side effects of cancer treatment medication

Treating Sleep Disturbance in Cancer Patients

Get Better Sleep during Cancer TreatmentYou don’t have to suffer from insomnia during cancer treatment. Cancer and sleep problems may sometimes go hand in hand, but you can take certain steps to improve your quality of sleep.

Create a better daily routine with exercise

Exercise is great for your overall health and your ability to fall asleep at night. With your doctor’s permission, exercise during the day, preferably two to three hours before bedtime. This can help your body become more tired when it’s actually time to rest your head.

If you feel exhausted, sleep when your body tells you to. Short daytime naps are beneficial, but try to keep them under an hour so you won’t disturb your nightly sleep.

Relax during your nighttime routine

When it’s time to go to bed, make a routine out of it. Create a quiet and familiar sleeping area. Try to go to sleep at the same time each day. Your body will take note of this and be more ready to sleep at your bedtime than if you slept at different times each day.

If you’re taking sleeping medication, you should also take it at the same time each night. To help you relax at bedtime, have a caregiver or loved one give you a massage or foot rub. This can help your muscles relax and help you wind down for the night.

Consume healthy foods

What you eat is paramount to your cancer journey, recovery and your ability to sleep. Maintain a healthy diet, and avoid drinking caffeine in the last few hours before bedtime. Also avoid alcohol before bed, as it can keep you awake. Warm, de-caffeinated drinks are the best nighttime remedy for insomnia during cancer treatment.

Sleep disturbance in cancer patients can also be treated with other options. Yoga is a great exercise to help you relax. Many people also find it relaxing to turn off all technology and read a book before bed. If you would like to pursue even more options, try relaxation therapy or hypnotherapy. Talk to your cancer team to find out your options to treat insomnia.

Your CCCN Oncologist Can Help

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada is an experienced and knowledgeable team of oncology professionals. As a multi-specialty practice, we offer treatments and services for patients with
cancer, serious blood disorders, breast diseases, pulmonary diseases and sleep disorders. It is our mission to provide our patients with the best service and the most advanced treatment options available. Learn more about our services by visiting
our website today. Call 702-952-3350 to schedule an appointment.

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Make Your Health a Priority on World Health Day 2017

As busy adults, we can sometimes push our health and well-being to the back burner in place of the health of our family members, a full-time job, or
other pressing matters. However, it is important to make your health a priority and participate in a healthy lifestyle. The activities you participate in and the foods you eat can directly affect your ability to live a long and healthy life.
World Health Day is observed each year on April 7. Learn why this day is so important, and take some steps to make your well-being a priority on this day, and each day moving forward.

What Is World Health Day?

April 7 is the anniversary of when the World Health Organization (WHO) was founded. On this day, the WHO takes the time to highlight and bring awareness to a certain health condition that affects people around the globe. This year’s theme is focused on shedding a light on depression. Mental Health affects people of all ages around the world. Join the conversation about depression on World Health Day 2017. Use the hashtag, #LetsTalk, or visit a medical professional if you feel you suffer from symptoms of depression.

Think about Your Health on April 7

Make Your Health a Priority on World Health Day 2017Although the WHO’s focus is on depression, you can still get involved in World Health Day by making your overall well-being a priority. Here are some ways to take action for a healthy lifestyle on April 7, which will help with cancer prevention.

Learn about your cancer risk

If your family has a history of a certain type of cancer, it could be hereditary. Take the time to talk to your family members about a possible cancer risk. Ask questions about whether any previous generations have gone through cancer treatment. Depending on your age and the healthiness of your lifestyle, you may want to discuss your cancer risk with a medical professional.

Get a cancer screening

Cancer screening is one of the best ways to detect cancer early. When caught early, many types of cancer can be treated more effectively. With time, cancer can spread to other areas of the body and become more difficult to treat.

Do some exercise

Exercising is one of the best things you can do to keep your body healthy. Start slowly by taking a walk around the block each day. But, if you’re more active and have the go-ahead from a medical professional, incorporate a few 30-minute cardio exercises throughout your week. In addition to helping improve your overall health, consistent exercise can be a great stress-reliever.

Cook a healthy meal

What you eat directly affects the functions of your organs. Put good stuff in to help your body maintain health. Fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and non-processed foods are great at keeping your body healthy.

For more help figuring out what to cook, check out our some of our delicious cancer-fighting recipes:

Learn More at CCCN

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada is a multi-specialty practice offering medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery and pulmonology services to patients. It is our mission to provide patients with the most relevant information necessary to reduce your cancer risk.. Contact us to learn more about our services and how to live a healthier life.

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Benefits of Attending Our Cancer Support Group

Cancer patients and their families might experience a variety of emotions during the treatment process while others might not know how to manage their pain or other symptoms. Fortunately, cancer support groups help patients feel a sense of belonging and community throughout their cancer journey. Find out more benefits of a cancer support group, and join us for one each month.

Benefits of Attending Our Cancer Support GroupBenefits of a Cancer Support Group


Cancer patients
may experience a variety of emotions in response to their cancer diagnosis. They may feel shocked, angry, or disbelief. Cancer support groups were developed for this reason specifically and provide many benefits to patients throughout their cancer journey.

It’s a safe place to share your feelings

When you attend a cancer support group, you’ll be provided with a safe space to share your genuine feelings. Support group leaders—whether they’re a licensed therapist, current cancer patient or a survivor—give you the floor to talk about your experience living with cancer and going through the cancer treatment process.

Some topics discussed within a cancer support group may be too difficult for others without cancer to hear or understand. A support group often serves as a community for patients and survivors.  

Various support groups have also been set up for caregivers and friends or family members of those going through cancer. These groups serve a similar purpose and allow loved ones to come together to express their feelings with others going through a similar situation.

It allows you to learn from other cancer patients

Within a cancer support group, you may be introduced to patients with various types of cancers and many different experiences. You can easily learn from patients who’ve experienced the same things as you. You can also learn what to expect from certain types of treatment, what to do about cancer-related pain, and how to manage side effects of cancer treatment medication. Patients can also share how to best communicate with your oncologist and your family and friends.

It helps you cope with your emotions

When you attend a cancer support group, you’ll learn the tools to help cope with changing emotions. Many cancer patients leave support groups feeling less depressed and anxious. They take advice from their support system and feel more hopeful about their condition.

Support Groups Offered at CCCN

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada offers local cancer support groups at our Southwest treatment center located at 9280 W. Sunset Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89148. The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 3pm-4:15pm.

During the session, you can:

  • Share your cancer journey with others
  • Gain support from others experiencing similar experiences
  • Simply listen to other cancer stories
  • Provide support to others

Our support groups are open to any cancer patient in Nevada as well as families, caregivers and friends. Please RSVP to Lisa Roberson MSW, LSW by calling (702) 952- 2171 or emailing  lisa.roberson@usoncology.com.

We strive to not only provide our patients with the best, most advanced cancer treatments possible, but to also support our patients emotionally. We’re here for you and want to be your biggest ally in the fight against cancer. For more information about the services we offer, visit www.cccnevada.com. To schedule an appointment, call 702-952-3350.

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Why Clinical Research Is Important for the Future of Cancer Treatment

Clinical research, or clinical trials, are studies that involve patients and test new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, or treat cancer and other diseases. Dr. Nicholas Vogelzang, medical oncologist at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada once said, “All advancements in cancer treatment over the past 50 years have come by way of doing research.” This blog touches on the aspect of clinical research and how it may potentially benefit you.

What Is Clinical Research for Cancer Patients?

Why Clinical Research Is Important for the Future of Cancer TreatmentClinical research is a critical component in expanding the treatment options for people with all types of cancer. Cancer research studies are experimental treatments, or combinations of treatments and offer specific advantages for their cancer type offered to patients who are eligible.

According to the National Cancer Institute, clinical research studies help physicians find new ways to improve cancer care and the overall health and wellbeing of a patient.

Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer. While on a clinical trial, doctors and researchers closely monitor patients throughout their treatment process to determine if the new drug or treatment is safe and if it works better than what is currently available to cancer patients (or commonly known as standard of care treatment).

What Are the Benefits of Clinical Trials?

Clinical research offers high-quality cancer care, provides patients with the opportunity to take an active role in their treatment plans, and allows patients to help others by improving cancer treatment for future patients. The following provides more information regarding clinical research studies.

1. They provide better access to treatments not yet on the market

The purpose of clinical trials is first and foremost to better the care for patients going through cancer treatment. Each year, clinical trials treat thousands of people.

Getting a new drug or therapy approved for commercial use is a long process. There are many different factors and moving parts that make this process so lengthy. For example, each new possible treatment must go through a series of trial phases before being submitted to the FDA for approval and ultimately eligible for commercial sale. Taking part in clinical research studies can give the patient quicker access to these therapies, which could potentially be more effective than the current treatment available.

2. They offer closer monitoring & testing

Participating in a clinical research study often entails extra attention from a dedicated team that is specifically assigned to your trial. When testing a new drug or treatment, it is important to carefully monitor any potential side effects. This extra testing and attention to detail can benefit both patients and researchers. It is important to note that if at any point you begin to experience negative side effects, or merely “change your mind,” you may withdraw from a trial.

3. Provide valuable information that can help others

Through participating in clinical research, doctors and cancer researchers learn more about what does and doesn’t work to treat cancer. Clinical trials for cancer patients are the best way to learn which treatments are successful and which need more improvement. In addition to possibly finding better or more effective treatments, the information collected during your trial participation provides valuable information about cancer. This information helps researchers better understand different cancer types and can possibly help to save lives in the future.

Ask your team at CCCN about Clinical Research

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada has built a robust clinical research program which has allowed us to bring groundbreaking clinical research studies to Southern Nevada. We participate in more than 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical research studies each year and we are proud to have contributed to the development of more than 60 FDA approved cancer therapies including the recent approvals for Xofigo, Tecentriq and Opdivo. Call us today at 702-952-3350 to find out if you qualify for one of our clinical trials.

To learn more about clinical research and to hear what the doctors at CCCN have to say, read our blog, Clinical Trial Research Q&A.

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Most Inspiring Cancer Survivor Stories from 2016

Every cancer survivor has a unique story to tell. Cancer survivor stories help inspire other patients going through treatment to stay positive. Here are a few of the most inspiring cancer survivor stories from 2016.

2016 Inspirational Cancer Stories

Lynda P.Most Inspiring Cancer Survivor Stories from 2016

Lynda was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time in 2011. Last year, after five years with no sign of disease, she was diagnosed with a completely different type of breast cancer. Lynda and her family took control of her diagnosis and beat it with aggressive cancer treatment and the support from Dr. Heather Allen, medical oncologist, Dr. Michael Anderson, radiation oncologist, and Dr. Margaret Terhar, breast surgeon from Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada.

To show  her friends and family that she is a true fighter, and won’t let cancer define her, Lynda ran the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in May during treatment. Here at Comprehensive, we are honored to be able to help Lynda to keep running.

Most Inspiring Cancer Survivor Stories from 2016Guy C.

Guy was first diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2010. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor.. In 2012 the cancer came back. He saw Dr. Nicholas Vogelzang, medical oncologist, and was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer that metastasized to his femur. Chemotherapy successfully treated the cancer for two and a half years, but when it came back in 2015, chemotherapy didn’t have the same positive effect.

Dr. Vogelzang offered Guy a form of cancer treatment called immunotherapy, which uses the body’s own immune system to attack the cancer cells. Guy receives treatment once every two weeks. Guy states, “I feel so lucky to have lived as long as I have because statistically, I should not be here today. I have Dr. Vogelzang and his team to thank for that.” At Comprehensive Cancer Centers, we feel that we are the lucky ones to be able to treat Guy and help him continue to spend quality time with his family and friends.

Lysa B.Most Inspiring Cancer Survivor Stories from 2016

When Lysa turned 40, she started experiencing such severe back pain  that it landed her in a local hospital. Doctors discovered she had Stage IV lung cancer that had metastasized to her spine, ribs and pelvis. She immediately began an aggressive cancer treatment plan that included three surgeries, 10 radiation treatment cycles, and five months of chemotherapy.

It wasn’t until January 2013 that Lysa met Dr. Nicholas Vogelzang, medical oncologist. By that time, 16 new tumors had developed in her lungs and her condition was getting worse. Dr. Vogelzang expedited the cancer testing process and found a gene mutation that affects less than one percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer. With this discovery,  she was eligible for a targeted therapy drug called Xalkori, commercially known as Crizotinib. After just three months of treatment on Crizotinib, her scans showed significant improvement. Six months into treatment with Dr. Vogelzang, there was no sign of the disease in Lysa’s body.

Today, more than five years after her initial diagnosis, Lysa is still in remission. She volunteers with the American Lung Association and helps raise money for cancer research. Lysa states, “thanks to pure strength and incredible advancements in the treatment of lung cancer, me and so many others are looking ahead to the next five years and well beyond.” The staff at Comprehensive Cancer Centers is proud to be a part of Lysa’s treatment and recovery.

Discover More Cancer Stories of Hope  

Cancer affects all of our lives, but more people survive and live to share their stories than ever before. The doctors and professionals as Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an award-winning Nevada oncology group, dedicate their careers to helping people fight and beat cancer every day. Visit our website at www.cccnevada.com/patient-stories to read more of these inspiring cancer survivor stories. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, call 702-952-3350 to schedule an appointment.

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Kidney Cancer Month: Spread Awareness and Get Involved

According to the Kidney Cancer Association, kidney cancer affects approximately 50,000 new individuals each year. March is National Kidney Month and is our opportunity as a community to spread awareness about kidney disease and how to practice prevention through positive lifestyle choices. The following are ways you can get involved with Kidney Cancer Awareness Month.

How to Get Involved with Kidney Cancer Awareness Month

Advocacy day on Capitol Hill

Every year, patient advocates from around the country come together in Washington D.C. to send a message to legislators. Advocates and professionals join the American Kidney Foundation on March 2 to ask their representatives to protect kidney disease patients. You can join them in D.C. or follow them on social with the hashtag #AsKforAdvocacy.

Spread the messages on social media

Speaking of social, there are lots of opportunities to spread awareness about kidney cancer disease on social media if you can’t travel to D.C. for Advocacy day. Use the hashtag #KidneyMonth on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to help support Kidney Cancer Awareness Month.  

Cancer screenings

During the month of March, the American Kidney Fund offers free cancer screenings and healthy lifestyle presentations to help prevent the disease. The group usually conducts health screenings for kidney disease near community centers, colleges, medical centers and offices to reach the most people possible.

Donate to the American Kidney Fund

During the month of March, make an effort to donate your time or money to the American Kidney Foundation or join them in fundraising for the cause. The American Kidney Fund will use this money to provide financial support to kidney cancer patients in need and to continue to raise awareness and education about kidney disease across America.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada is a proud supporter of all those who work together to raise awareness for National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month. Our practice has been fighting cancer for more than 35 years and will continue to raise awareness and fight the disease for patients in Southern Nevada. Visit our website to learn more about our award-winning oncology practice, and see our Community Support page for a list of more organizations Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada proudly supports. To schedule an appointment, call 702-952-3350.

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Why Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Matters

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, is one of a few types of cancer that can be prevented through regular cancer screenings, so it’s the perfect time to raise awareness and talk to your doctor about screening options

History of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

The Prevent Cancer Foundation first designated March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in 1999. The foundation worked with legislators, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and others to get the official designation from the United States Congress. The foundation has continued to raise awareness for colorectal cancer ever since and even came up with the tagline that is still used today: “Preventable. Treatable. Beatable!”

Why does colorectal cancer awareness matter?

According to the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associations, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. As people get older, they become more susceptible to developing colon cancer, whether they are male or female. Ninety percent of all cases of colon cancer occur in people who are over the age of 50, which is why doctors recommend people begin regular colon cancer screenings at that age. People at higher-than-average risk or those who have a family history of colon cancer should discuss screening at an earlier age.

What are the different screening options?

There are several ways to prevent colon cancer. Various screening methods are effective at monitoring changes and can be the first step in preventing the disease.  

  • Fecal occult blood tests (FOBT) or fecal immunochemical tests (FIT): Stool blood tests, which can detect small amounts of blood in the stool, should be administered yearly.
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy: Every five years a physician should check inside the rectum and lower colon for polyps with a lighted tube.
  • Double Contract Barium Enema: Every five years patients should have an enema with a barium solution and air pumped into rectum. Then x-rays are taken of the colon and rectum to detect polyps.
  • Colonoscopy: Every 10 years a physician should examine the inside rectum and colon using a long, lighted tube called a colonoscope. The colonoscope is longer than a sigmoidoscope, which is used during a sigmoidoscopy, and allows physicians to view the entire colon.

For more facts about colon cancer, visit our website at www.cccnevada.com/colon-cancer/.

How can you get involved with Colon Cancer Awareness Month?

There are many ways to get involved with colon cancer awareness. The first, and most important, thing you should do this month is get a cancer screening if you are over the age 50. You can also raise awareness through donating, purchasing colon cancer awareness products, and even attending local events for colorectal cancer awareness in your community. You can even promote colon cancer awareness through social media, email blasts and even e-cards.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an award-winning multi–specialty practice, has been providing cancer treatment services to patients since 1974. We offer treatment and clinical research trials for patients with colon cancer in Nevada. Within the past several years, CCCN has developed an extensive clinical research program, which gives our patients access to the most advanced colon cancer treatment options available. For a complete list of colon cancer research studies being conducted at CCCN, click here.

Visit our website at www.cccnevada.com to learn more about our cancer treatment centers  or call 702-952-3350 to make an appointment.

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The Connection Between Cancer and Obesity

We have an obesity epidemic in the United States and its impacts are startling. Dr. Oscar B. Goodman, Jr., a medical oncologist and clinical researcher at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada recently published an article in Vegas, Inc’s Health Care Quarterly titled, Obesity’s ties to cancer and what we can do. In the article, he cites that more than one-third of all adults in the United States are obese. Obesity rates are highest among people ages 40-59 years old. In fact, more than 40 percent of middle age adults are considered to be obese.

Numbers aside, being obese has significant health consequences. People with obesity are at risk for a number of serious conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, gallbladder disease, anxiety, depression and certain types of cancer.

The Relationship between Cancer and Obesity

Whether you are a cancer survivor, currently battling cancer, have a family member battling cancer or even if you are interested in the topic of health and cancer, it is important to recognize the correlation between cancer and obesity as it relates to your own health.. According to the World Cancer Research Fund, obesity accounts for 20 percent of all cancer-related deaths.. The following types of cancer are most closely linked to obesity:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Endocrine cancers that are found in tissues of the endocrine system (breast, prostate, ovarian, endometrial, thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary)
  • Gastrointestinal cancers (hepatoma, gallbladder, pancreas, esophageal, gastric, colorectal)

Obesity is permissive for three key cancer-development mechanisms including inflammation, hormonal signaling and the obese milieu.

Inflammation is a double-edged sword when it comes to health conditions like cancer. Inflammation is important for combating bad cells and bacteria. However, too much inflammation can create an environment that fosters tumor growth. Inflammation begins in the fatty cells and when there is an overabundance of fatty cells, it is that much more of an optimal environment for cancer to develop and spread.

Hormonal swings can also have a significant impact on someone’s risk for developing certain types of cancer. The overproduction of certain hormones directly impacts cancer development in targeted areas, like breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancers.

And finally, obesity can throw off your body’s entire internal environment (milieu) and state of equilibrium. Visceral fat – or fat surrounding organs, typically found in the abdominal area – is especially dangerous and can make a bad situation that much worse. In addition to obesity-driven inflammation that can stress your organs, visceral fat adds that much more pressure to select organs, sparking even more, potentially cancer-promoting damage.

Prevent Obesity and Avoid Obesity-Related Cancer

Dr. Goodman explains that staying healthy and avoiding an obesity-related cancer diagnosis, “all begins with a healthy diet.” You’ve heard it before, but it’s necessary to repeat that a healthy diet and regular exercise are the best factors for staying healthy and avoiding obesity-related cancer. It requires a lot of dedication to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but eating the right foods and staying physically active will go a long way in preserving health.

In terms of cancer prevention, there are some “superfoods” that truly live up their name. These foods – including pomegranate, leafy vegetables, curry, acai berries and grapes – are all high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are good chemicals that combat and destroy free radicals within the body. These free radicals, in high concentrations, have the potential to damage DNA, which could in turn evolve into cancer and/or other detrimental diseases.

Avoid foods that are high in sugar and concentrated ingredients. At the top of the list of common foods to avoid: soda. However, keep in mind that every person is different, and will require a dietary regimen that is contingent on their personal traits. And remember, everything in moderation.

The benefits of exercise can also help prevent cancer and can significantly boost the body’s health.

Maintaining a healthy weight can not only increase lifespan, quality of life, but it will also help prevent serious medical conditions like a cancer diagnosis. Learn more about the importance of diet and nutrition to help fight and prevent cancer.

If you are facing both obesity and a cancer diagnosis, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada can connect you with a nutritionist and help you overcome these conditions to live a healthier life. Visit our website to learn more about our award-winning oncology group and view treatment centers and patient resources. Call 702-952-3350 to make an appointment with a cancer treatment specialist today and let us be your biggest ally in the fight against obesity-related cancer.

 

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