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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

Shining a Light on Prostate Health

Posted by South Shore Health System on Sep 30, 2016 3:40:10 PM

Prostate Health Awareness Month is is a great opportunity for caregivers to help increase public understanding of the importance of prostate health through education. When we understand the risk factors and symptoms of prostate-related diseases, as well as the approaches to screening and prevention, we are all better equipped to share that information with friends and loved ones.

Though close to 90 percent of men in the United States develop some type of prostate problem in the before the age of 60,  most don’t recognize or even understand the cause until they have actual symptoms.

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Topics: Cancer, Men's Health

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Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 


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