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Hey Mom, Do You Know if You’re at Risk for Cancer?

A mother’s love is unconditional and she always puts others’ needs ahead of her own, especially when it comes to health. As Mother’s Day approaches, the Cancer Center encourages all women to think about how it’s important to stay healthy so you can continue caring for your loved ones. For instance, are you aware of the leading cancers that affect women? Learn more about how you can lessen the risk of cancer and the signs and symptoms you should know.

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Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer in American women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The risk of breast cancer increases with age but young women generally face more aggressive cancers and lower survival rates. Take a look at this downloadable resource for more information or visit our breast cancer page.

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Gynecological Cancer includes cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer and vulvar cancer. The symptoms vary for each cancer but can be difficult to recognize because they may be related to other conditions. 89,000 women will be diagnosed with gynecological cancer in the U.S. reduce your risk through early detection. Take a look at this downloadable resource for more information.

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Colorectal Cancer is the third most common cause of cancer deaths in men and women and can often go undetected until it has significantly advanced. Early detection is key, more than 90 percent of colorectal cancers can be cured when caught in its earliest stages. Take a look at this downloadable resource for more information or visit our colorectal cancer page.

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Woman’s Hospital have opened the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion that is dedicated to serving the needs of women with the highest level of compassion and care available in our region. This Mother’s Day take a moment to discuss your family history and share this information with the women in your life. Also, because early detection saves lives, cancer screenings are an important part of staying healthy. Learn more about our upcoming screenings and reduce your risk by visiting our screening calendar.