Tips to Increase Cancer Prevention and Awareness
Cancer is not one but many diseases. More than 100 types are known. Cancer begins with abnormal cells dividing without control and then invading other tissues of the body.
In the ProMedica Cancer Institute’s Prevention & Awareness section, we help you understand more about what cancer is: how it is identified, grows and treated.
We will point you to additional resources within ProMedica as well as the national cancer community. The educational material we’ve compiled helps you learn the terminology behind cancer diagnosis and treatment and the roles genetics and genetic testing serve in health assessment. We also present tips on eating right to help you reach your goal of living a longer, and hopefully cancer-free life.
In addition to nutrition awareness, we introduce you to our “Friends for Life” program, which connects women who are or who have friends or family members making the cancer journey. And you will learn more about ProMedica-sponsored health events offered across the region. The events range from support groups to anti-tobacco classes. Finally, we encourage you to get connected with others and share your stories through our Facebook page or at ProMedica HealthConnect, our new online education and conversation resource.
If you have a family history of cancer, you may be wondering, “Do I have a genetic risk for cancer?” Approximately 5 to 10 percent of cancers may be due to an inherited gene mutation. ProMedica Cancer Institute’s Cancer Genetics Program at the Hickman Center offers a risk assessment for appropriate individuals as well as testing and education for at-risk patients.
New Diagnostic Frontiers
Diagnostic imaging is aiding the battle against cancer. Magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography and other technologies are giving doctors and health care providers new assessment and treatment options. ProMedica Cancer Institute experts use these tools to aid in your cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Friends for Life
When you become a member of “Friends for Life,” you are linked with other women who are proactive about their health. “Friends for Life” members receive exclusive information via our monthly newsletter.