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5 Ways to Stop Being a Passive Patient

Tags: healthcare, healthcare costs, healthcare expenses, healthcare reform, patient care, patient experience

There was a time when many people had long-term relationships with a family doctor – someone who knew them and their families well. Now, it's high time for patients to take an active role in their own healthcare. Here's how.

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Don’t Ignore That Painful Mouth Sore (Video)

Tags: head and neck cancer, mouth sores, oral cancer, oral health, tobacco

If you have a bleeding mouth sore or pain that lingers, don’t ignore it. It's probably nothing, but you want to get it checked out. In some cases, prolonged irritation ends up being squamous cell cancer.

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7 Ways to De-stress When You Have Cancer

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A serious illness such as cancer exerts an unfamiliar kind of stress for which most of us are not prepared. Know that there is help and relief for some of the tension and feelings you are experiencing.

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3 Ways You Can Help Detect Cancer Early

Tags: cancer prevention, colonoscopy, early detection, mammogram, prevention, PSA

Here’s a sad, frustrating truth: We could save countless lives from cancer if we simply found the disease earlier.

6 Things To Do When Diagnosed with Cancer

5 Things You Should Do Before Cancer Treatment

Tags: cancer, cancer treatments, chemotherapy, radiation, radiation therapy, treatments

If you have cancer, you can take steps to prepare yourself for treatment and help manage the process. Seek out the right sources of information, rely on available support and remember — you’re the boss.

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Mammograms Save Lives — But They Can Get Better

Tags: biopsy, breast cancer, innovation, mammogram, mammograms, ultrasound

The timing and frequency of mammograms has become controversial. In the future, a new imaging tool could reduce or eliminate mammogram concerns.

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Guide to Genetic Testing: What Happens, What You Learn

Tags: genetic counseling, genetic disorder, genetic information, genetic testing, genetics, health screenings

Genetic counseling provides risk assessment information that can’t affect your insurance rates. In fact, insurance companies are now required to cover the cost of genetic testing under the Affordable Care Act.

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How You Can Give Prostate Cancer the ‘Cold Treatment’

Tags: cryotherapy, hormone therapy, innovations, prostate, prostate cancer, PSA, PSA screening, treatments

Here’s a less-known, but effective, prostate cancer treatment: freeze the cancer cells. Cryotherapy offers an excellent option for some prostate cancer patients, experts say.

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If You Are a Cancer Survivor, This Is a Must Read

Tags: b-aware, brain metastases, brain metastasis, breast cancer, cancer, Headaches, kidney cancer, lung cancer, lung cancer awareness month 2012, melanoma, paralysis, radiosurgery, radiotherapy, seizures

It's a hard reality: One-fourth of people who survive some common cancers go on to develop a brain tumor. But if cancer survivors know these nine symptoms, they can allow for early detection and better treatment.

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10 Biggest Cancer Clinical Trial Myths Busted

People have a lot of misconceptions about cancer clinical research trials. They might think patients mostly just take sugar pills thinking it is actual treatment. Learn the truth about the 10 most common myths.