November 17, 2017

This Easy, Little-Known Lung Cancer Screening Is Saving Lives – Is It Right for You?

By John F. Ende, MD  Chances are that you have discussed cancer screening with your doctor. Most women over the age of 40 have undergone breast cancer screening with mammography. Most men have discussed the risks and benefits of a PSA blood level looking for prostate cancer with their doctor. Most of us past the […]

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November 13, 2017

Quitting Smoking Requires a Plan – 10 Ways to Get Your Plan Started

By Donna Borowski Tobacco Treatment Specialist There’s a lot of focus on our lungs during the month of November – from lung cancer awareness, to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to the Great American Smokeout on November 16. How do these all fit together? For starters, smoking is at the center of all three. In […]

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November 6, 2017

Prostate Cancer Screening – Addressing the Controversy

By Matthew D. Young, MD, MBA We all learned as children that “a stich in time saves nine” and that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So, does the same thing always apply to healthcare? The answer is yes… for the most part. Early detection of disease is the rationale behind […]

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October 30, 2017

Your First Mammogram – What to Expect

By Janet Magruder, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN Mission Breast Program A mammogram is an important step in taking care of yourself and your breasts. Early detection of breast cancer is the key to successful treatment. Over the years, there has been much debate over breast cancer screening and there are conflicting recommendations from various organizations. […]

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October 27, 2017

Navigating Uncertain Waters – Joan’s Inspiring Story of Overcoming Breast Cancer

By Rebecca Alexander Joan Uhler of Brevard is a wife, mother, and a woman of faith. Joan is also one who seeks new adventures and journeys; she loves exploring the world and traveling on cruises with her husband. But in 1996, Joan was faced with an unplanned and daunting journey – a breast cancer diagnosis. […]

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October 23, 2017

Breast Cancer and Clinical Trials – What You Need to Know

By Leslie Verner, Certified Breast Cancer Nurse Mission Cancer Program Mission Hospital’s Cancer Program is proud to offer clinical trials to our breast cancer patients. But what exactly is a clinical trial? What are the benefits? How do patients decide if they are right for them? Let’s address these common questions. What are clinical trials? […]

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October 13, 2017

Study Shows Breast Cancer Mortality Rates Are Declining – Our Expert Explains Why

By Rachel Raab, MD        A recent study shows from 1989 to 2015, breast cancer death rates decreased by 39 percent, which translates to 322,600 averted breast cancer deaths in the United States. The decrease in mortality was seen in both younger and older women but has slowed for women younger than age 50 […]

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October 4, 2017

Prostate Cancer Screening – MRI vs. Biopsy

By Mehul Bhakta, MD Asheville Radiology According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. Although many prostate cancers won’t impact a person’s health during his lifetime even without treatment, some are more aggressive and can lead to serious health issues, and death, if not treated. […]

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October 4, 2017

Raising a Glass for Breast Cancer Awareness – Pink Pint Night Funds Important Screenings

One of the most impactful messages to share during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the importance of proper screening. We are honored to partner with local nonprofit organization Ladies’ Night Out, which provides underinsured and uninsured women in Buncombe County with access to mammograms, blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings and pap tests. We all have […]

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September 29, 2017

Knowledge is Power When it Comes to Women’s Reproductive Cancer

Small things matter. September is National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month – a great time to note the little things to know and do about your risks for three main cancers of women’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian and endometrial cancer. “Take an active role in your health,” said Megan Daw, MD, MPH a gynecologic surgeon with […]

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