A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute made headlines last year for its startling and mysterious conclusion: The incidence of colorectal cancer in young adults has increased sharply in generations born after 1950. Individuals born in the 1990s (currently age 20 to 29) are twice as likely to develop colon cancer and four times as likely to develop rectal cancer than individuals born in the 1950s were at those ages.
Unfortunately, no one has discovered why is this type of cancer is suddenly on the rise in younger adults. Cancer researchers suspect contributing factors may include changes in diet, more sedentary lifestyles, and obesity. Another theory is that cancers are simply being detected much earlier than in past decades.
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – a time dedicated to informing women and their families about a disease that affects thousands of women each year.
Ovarian cancer, a type of cancer that begins in the ovaries, is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it isn’t usually diagnosed until it has progressed to an advanced stage. Many early symptoms either aren’t apparent or they are mimicking symptoms of other stomach and digestive illnesses. This is why it’s not only important to know the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, but also to pay close attention to any new or unusual changes in your body and have them addressed by a medical professional.
Did you know that exercise is one of the most important actions you can take during your cancer treatment? It’s true!
New research has shown that exercise before, during, and after cancer treatments can:
- Help alleviate side effects of cancer treatment, such as fatigue, pain, and bone and muscle loss
- Fuel your appetite
- Improve your quality of life by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression
- Reduce the risk of cancer recurrence
- Help sustain your heart health
- Maintain or improve your physical abilities
- Boost your self-image and confidence
- Help control your weight
One aspect of cancer treatment is clinical research. While it’s not the recommended treatment plan for all patients, clinical trials through the Arizona Oncology cancer research program bring new options for cancer treatment to patients who aren’t having success with other treatments or have a unique type of cancer that has a treatment option under investigation.
With a community-based cancer research trial, patients don’t have to travel long distances to access these latest treatments being studied not only by oncologists in Phoenix, but across the country, to try to bring newer and better options to all patients.
Arizona Oncology now offers leading-edge cancer care to the growing East Valley region. The new state-of-the-art cancer treatment center, located at the Arizona State University Research Park (ASURP), is now open and offers the latest cancer treatment services available to patients in Phoenix and the East Valley. The new center, developed and built by Ryan Companies US, Inc., offers integrated, high-quality care to diagnose and treat cancer. Patient services include medical oncology, gynecologic oncology, radiation oncology, hematology, advanced diagnostics including PET/CT imaging, supportive care services, and clinical trials. The practice is also offering the latest treatment options for patients, including immunotherapy, bio markers, and targeted therapies.