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Prostate Cancer: Know Your Risk

Prostate cancer affects one out of seven men. Although it can be a serious disease, most men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. Fortunately, prostate cancer can often be detected with a simple blood test. The test measures the level of prostate-specific antigen in a blood sample. The blood […]

Stroke Prevention: Know Risk Factors, Make Healthy Choices

Knowing that brain cells die every minute, Dr. John R. Baker and his neurointerventional team work as quickly as possible on every stroke patient they treat to restore oxygen to the brain. Advanced imaging and technology enable Dr. Baker to remove blood clots, repair blood vessels in the brain and stop bleeding. At Bon Secours […]

Too Many People Skip Important Colon Cancer Screenings

Although colorectal cancer remains the the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, many people can lower their risk by staying up to date with screening tests. If colon cancer is detected in its early stages, it is up to 90 percent curable, according to the National Cancer Institute. Despite the effectiveness of […]

Prevent High Blood Pressure: Get It Checked

If you haven’t had your blood pressure checked by a doctor lately, you could be one of the millions of Americans who has hypertension, but is completely unaware of it. Unlike so many other serious health problems, high blood pressure – the “silent killer” – rarely causes any symptoms. That might explain why one out […]

Learn Your Family’s Health History This Thanksgiving

A simple conversation this Thanksgiving could help you and other members of your family live healthier lives. As you gather together with relatives, take time to also gather your family’s medical history. By asking your relatives a few simple questions, you can discover if diabetes, high blood pressure and even certain cancers such as breast […]

Colorectal Cancer: Get Screened, Put the Worry Behind You

The top 5 reasons people have for not getting checked for colorectal cancer – the second leading cancer killer in the United States – reveal many misconceptions about this important screening. According to American Cancer Society research, nearly all unscreened people understand that federal guidelines recommend getting screened for colorectal cancer at age 50, yet […]

Early Detection, Screenings Help More People Survive Cancer

When federal health authorities happily announced earlier this year that cancer death rates have continued to decline they gave credit to three main reasons: better medical treatments, fewer people smoking and the success of cancer prevention and early detection programs. “The latest data show many cancer prevention programs are working and saving lives,” said CDC […]

Fight Testicular Cancer by Knowing Signs, Risk Factors

Researchers haven’t figured out how to prevent testicular cancer, but they do know this: finding it early offers the best chance for successful treatment. Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer among men between the ages of 15 and 35, according to the National Cancer Institute. In fact, half of all testicular cancers […]

Excess Weight Carries Higher Risk for Heart Disease

Millions of Americans face a higher risk of heart disease – the leading cause of death for men and women – because they are overweight. Excess weight not only can harm the heart, but can also damage the body’s blood vessel system by making it harder to circulate blood and manage fluid levels. “When you’re […]

Stroke Survivors Benefit From Earlier Cancer Screenings

People who had a stroke may develop cancer at a higher rate than those who do not have a stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015. “If you’ve had a stroke before, especially with another high-risk factor, it’s important that you talk to your doctor and discuss earlier […]