March Kicks Off Colorectal Awareness Month
Starting at age 45, both men and women who do not have a family history of colorectal cancer are encouraged to have a colonoscopy, according to recommendations from the American Cancer Society. Known as the second deadliest cancer in the United States, colorectal cancer encompasses any cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. It often begins as benign polyps that cause little to no symptoms. By the time patients begin experiencing symptoms, which can include change in bowel habits, abdominal discomfort and rectal bleeding, the cancer may already be in the advanced stages.
Prostate Cancer Screening
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men, outside of skin cancer. The majority of prostate cancer cases show no symptoms when the disease is in its early stages, which is why prostate screening can be an important part of preventative care.
What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is very common – affecting one in eight men. Learn more about risk factors and symptoms of this disease.
Hope in Full Bloom – Patty’s Lung Cancer Journey
Patty Swinehart opted to undergo a lung cancer screening, a decision that proved to be lifesaving when the test uncovered two spots on her lung.
How to Spot Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer for both women and men. One important way to lower your risk of skin cancer is to perform regular skin checks and look out for new or changed moles or growths.
Protect Your Skin This Summer
With 1 in 5 Americans developing skin cancer in their lifetime, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. There are easy ways for you to lower your risk of skin cancer this summer.
Skin Cancer Awareness
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and a great time to familiarize yourself with information about skin cancer. Check out the articles below to learn more about how to protect your skin, signs of skin cancer and more.
Types of Skin Cancer
Many people know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. But did you know that there are different types of skin cancer? It’s important to understand the differences because skin cancer type affects treatment options, progression and more.
Protect Your Skin by Blocking the Sun’s Rays
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than one million skin cancers diagnosed every year. Safeguarding yourself from the sun can dramatically lower your chances of getting premature wrinkles, sunspots and, most importantly, cancer.
FMC Adopts Robotic Technology for Lung Cancer Biopsy
Fairfield Medical Center is one of just three Ohio hospital systems investing in Intuitive’s ION robotic technology, designed to beat lung cancer in the earliest stages of disease. The ability to biopsy suspicious nodules, regardless of size or location within the lung, will lead to faster treatment and better outcomes for those facing the life-changing diagnosis.
Breast Cancer Awareness
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a great time to reprioritize your breast health. Check out these articles to learn more about breast screening, breast cancer and stories from survivors.
Shine a Light on Lung Cancer
While not always the first thought when cancer comes to mind, lung cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in both men and women, not including skin cancers. Learn more about lung cancer risks and screening.
Peace of Mind – Tracy’s Breast Cancer Journey
After almost putting off a routine mammogram that would end up revealing a breast cancer diagnosis, Tracy Gerardi has a message for other women: Do not delay your annual screening.
What to Expect at Your Mammogram
Mammograms are the best tool for catching breast cancer in its early stages when it is most treatable. Finding breast cancer early can lead to more successful treatments and better outcomes.
Healthy Habits: Looking After Your Lungs
While it’s probably not something we think about often, our lungs are a vital part of keeping your body alive – working overtime to take about 20,000 breaths a day! While your body has natural defense systems in place designed to protect your lungs, it is still important to take steps to keep your lungs healthy.
Healthy Habits: Breast Health
As a woman, you know that taking care of yourself is important, but often your health gets lost in the business of every day life. We are here to remind you that regular breast exams are the best way to prevent and detect future problems – like breast cancer.
Healthy Habits: Breast Screening Matters
Many women with breast cancer have no symptoms, which is why regular breast screening is so important. The best way to catch breast cancer in the early stages – when it’s most treatable – is through routine mammograms. Early detection of breast cancer can lead to more effective treatment and better outcomes.
What You Need to Know About Esophageal Cancer
As with many cancer types, esophageal cancer has a greater chance of being treated if the disease is caught early. The key to surviving esophageal cancer is early detection.
Know the Signs of Colon Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States – but the good news is that’s it’s also one of the most preventable. The best way to catch colorectal cancer in the early stages – when it’s most treatable – is through routine colonoscopies.
Know the Signs of Esophageal Cancer
Most esophageal cancer is not found until it begins to cause symptoms, which can lead to more difficulty with treatment due the advanced stage of the cancer. Getting to know the warning signs of esophageal cancer is an important part of early detection.
Experience the Teamwork – Deb’s Colon Cancer Story
When FMC nurse Deb Klinger made an appointment for her first colonoscopy, she wasn’t prepared for was the life-changing news of a colon cancer diagnosis.
Get the Facts About Colorectal Cancer
The best way to catch colorectal cancer in the early stages – when it’s most treatable – is through routine colonoscopies, which monitors for the polyps that may eventually change into cancer.
Healthy Habits: Screenings at Every Age
No matter your age, routine screenings are an important part of monitoring and managing your health.
Cervical Health Awareness
While thousands of women are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year, the disease can be prevented through appropriate vaccination and regular screening.
Shine a Light on Lung Cancer 2020
Each November, we look forward to honoring and remembering those impacted by lung cancer. This video offers the opportunity for a virtual celebration of lung cancer survivors, advocates and loved ones.
COVID-19 and Cancer: What You Need to Know
Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment is a difficult challenge, and the COVID-19 pandemic makes the situation even harder. We’ve provided some information to help you navigate this trying time.
Driven to GIVE – a Foundation Spotlight
Loving wife Joyce Murphy lost her husband, Earl “Butch” Murphy, Jr., to cancer in March. Butch fought a five-year battle with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer that affects plasma cells found in bone marrow, and received his care at Fairfield Medical Center’s Cancer Care and Infusion Center.
To learn more about our FMC Foundation and how you can make a difference, call 740-687-8107 or visit fmchealth.org/foundation.
Terri’s Radiation Experience
It was a blessing for me to be able to receive my radiation treatments here at FMC, and be able to continue working without taking much time off. A shorter treatment time each visit, which is offered by the Linear Accelerator, would have made that even easier.
Christa’s Cancer Story
When I heard about the possible purchase of the Linear Accelerator, I thought back to my own experience and how different it might have been. Only 15 radiation treatments, dramatically less fatigue and nausea and possibly no burning.
Tina Talks of the Benefits of the Linear Accelerator
I am so very excited to hear that our Fairfield Medical Center Foundation is helping our Radiation Oncology Department to purchase a much needed Linear Accelerator. I am a Breast Cancer Survivor and recently completed 26 Radiation Treatments at Fairfield Medical Center.