News from South Shore Health System

Four Reasons Your Child Needs the HPV Vaccine

As parents schedule their well-child visits, one vaccine that parents of older children have a lot of questions about is the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. HPV causes more than 30,000 cases of cancer in the U.S. every year and is the primary cause of cervical cancer in women. It’s also a contributing cause to several other types of cancer in women and men. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children receive the HPV vaccine around age 11 to ensure maximum effectiveness, but only around half of kids are actually getting the vaccine.

As a pediatrician, I talk to parents often about their concerns with the vaccine. It can make parents of preteens particularly uncomfortable to think about a vaccine that prevents against the transmission of a sexually transmitted disease (STD). But it’s critically important to your child’s health as he or she enters adulthood.

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Topics: Children's Health, Cancer

Shining a Light on Skin Cancer (Infographic)

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 15, 2017 3:26:23 PM

Summer will officially be here in a few days, and with all the outside fun comes more exposed skin and more risk for skin cancer. Skin cancer occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. There are several different types of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. While non-melanoma skin cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in US—more than 2 million people diagnosed each year—melanoma is more likely to invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body. 

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Topics: Family Medicine, Cancer, Specialty Care

South Shore Hospital Breast Care Center Fully Re-Accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 16, 2017 10:27:38 AM

South Shore Hospital’s Breast Care Center has been granted another three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

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Topics: Women's Health, Cancer

The Swollen Truth about Lymphedema

Before I personally became affected by its dreadful presence post-breast cancer treatment, I simply joined the rest of society’s collective yawn in not really concerning myself or knowing much about lymphedema at all. In fact, prior to diagnosis, I had no clue that March was Lymphedema Awareness Month.

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Topics: Cancer, Specialty Care

Nine Signs of Prostate Cancer to Discuss with Your Doctor

Posted by South Shore Health System on Mar 24, 2017 1:32:40 PM

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, making it the second-most common cancer affecting American men (skin cancer is the first). Fortunately, however, treatment for prostate cancer is highly effective. More than 2.9 million men in the US who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive today.

It is important to understand that prostate cancer doesn’t always present with any noticeable symptoms—especially in the early stages. As the disease advances, a tumor develops, causing the prostate gland to swell. This is when you will more than likely begin to notice symptoms.

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Topics: Cancer, Men's Health

The Lowdown on Colorectal Disease and Screenings (Infographic)

Posted by South Shore Health System on Mar 21, 2017 10:10:13 AM

Not unlike the all too familiar “birds and bees” conversation we may have had with our parents growing up, discussing colons and rectums with our physicians can seem less than comfortable for many. Our primary care physicians; however, are often the first to introduce us to the importance of screening exams—even screenings that take place in those embarrassing places.

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Topics: Cancer

Make These Four Screenings Part of Your New Year’s Resolutions

Every year, millions of Americans pledge their New Year’s resolutions—vowing to make a healthy start to the year ahead. While diet and exercise changes top the list, preventive care and health screenings are just as important to start your year off right.

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Topics: Cancer, Heart Health

Should You be Screened for Lung Cancer? (Infographic)

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jan 12, 2017 8:40:28 AM

More people in the US die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer because it’s often diagnosed in later stages of the disease when symptoms first arise. As with many other types of cancer, when found early, lung cancer can be highly curable. 

According to Russell Kelley, MD, Chief of Radiology at South Shore Hospital, low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung scan is the only recommended screening for people at high risk for lung cancer. If you answer "Yes" to any of the questions below, you may be considered high risk and should talk to your doctor about getting a referral for a lung cancer screening. If you have questions about eligibility, request a call from one of our imaging specialists or call 781-624-4368


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Topics: Cancer

Lung Cancer Survival Rates Increase with Early Detection and Treatment

Posted by South Shore Health System on Nov 17, 2016 11:07:00 AM

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the US. The good news is that the survival rate greatly increases when it’s detected and treated early. The only recommended screening for people at high-risk for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography (CT). Research shows that screening using a low-dose CT scan can help detect early lung cancer before clinical signs or symptoms become evident.

Jon Wee, MD, Thoracic Surgeon, Brigham and Women’s Surgical Associates, recently hosted a seminar at South Shore Hospital about early detection and options for surgical techniques to treat lung cancer. We sat down with him after his seminar to get some answers to common questions about the disease.

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Topics: Cancer

Recruiting Runners in Support of Cancer Care

Posted by South Shore Health System on Nov 10, 2016 5:51:00 PM

South Shore Health System is now recruiting runners for its 2017 Boston Marathon Team. This year marks the team’s seventh year, thanks to the charity bibs provided through the generosity of Marathon lead sponsor John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program. The team runs in support of cancer care programs at South Shore Health System. 

We talked with veteran runner Anne Marie Winchester on why she runs for the South Shore Health System team.

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Topics: Cancer, Foundation