Cancer

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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September 29, 2017

All Breasts Are Not the Same – Do You Know Your Breast Density?

By Rachel Raab, MD Did you know that women with dense breast tissue are at 4-6 times higher risk of developing breast cancer? The breast consists of fat and breast tissue as well as connective tissue that holds everything together. Breast density is a measure used to describe the proportion of these different tissues. It […]

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September 25, 2017

Is Prostate Cancer Screening Necessary?

By Gregory Carter, MD There have been arguments made against the need for prostate cancer screening, because prostate cancers occur in older men, are slow growing and are not likely to spread or result in death. If screening detects these cancers, through an abnormal PSA blood test or a suspicious nodule in the prostate gland […]

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September 22, 2017

What You Should Know about Ovarian Cancer

By Ashley Case, MD Gynecologic Oncologist Ovarian cancer is the second most common gynecologic malignancy and the most common cause of gynecologic cancer death in the United States with over 20,000 cases and over 14,000 deaths last year. Ovarian cancer has historically been thought to be a silent disease. Symptoms may be vague and are […]

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September 13, 2017

A True Superhero – An Update on Young Noah’s Story

In September 2016, we shared the heartwarming story of young Noah Woods of Marion, and his inspiring journey as he courageously battles acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). A year later, we check in with Noah and his family. Noah’s mother, Michele Woods, catches us up on his progress. Read her update below. Noah continues with his chemotherapy treatments: taking […]

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