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    Understanding Cancer Terminology: Differentiation

    Last updated 9 months ago

    As cancer develops, it may grow rapidly or slowly depending on the level of differentiation in the cancerous cells. Differentiation refers to the process of cell maturation with specific functions, and in cancer terms well-differentiated cells look similar to surrounding tissue and grow very slowly. Poorly differentiated cancer cells are rapidly growing, and they vary greatly from the cells in the area where the cancer developed. The differentiation of cells will be significant in determining the stage of the cancer, which indicates how large the cancerous tumor has grown and how much of the body has been affected by the cancerous growth.

    At South Florida Radiation Oncology, we can help you fully understand your cancer diagnosis while providing compassionate care and utilizing the most advanced treatment technologies available. You can connect with one of our 10 Florida locations by visiting our website or by calling us at (888) 823-9162.

    A Guide to the Early Detection of Cancer

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Early cancer detection has become more of a priority in healthcare over the past several decades, as screening procedures have improved and proven successful in improving survival rates for a number of different cancers. Early detection is possible through screenings that test for the presence of cancer before symptoms might generally appear. There are some screening tests specific to men and others specific to women, and it is important that all adults understand the screening procedures that are available to them.

    Women’s Screenings

    Gynecological cancers and breast cancer are among the most common types of cancer in women, so pap tests and mammograms are made a priority in preventive women’s care. Many women have their first pap test at the age of 21, but the specific schedule following the initial screening is dependent on the individual’s health history and lifestyle. Mammograms are not typically necessary for women until the age of 40, and this breast cancer screening test is recommended annually after this age.

    Men’s Screenings

    Men may consider prostate cancer screening as they approach the age of 50, but this type of screening has not shown strong clinical outcomes for survival rates or improved prognoses, so the subject of testing should be brought up with the doctor during annual checkups.

    General Screenings

    Men and women alike can benefit from colonoscopies performed once each decade starting at the age of 50. This test detects pre-cancerous polyps in the colon that could lead to colorectal cancer. Some adults may also need lung cancer screening with CT scanning at the age of 50, but this need is dependent on lifestyle and other risk factors.

    For more information about cancer screening and modern cancer treatment, contact South Florida Radiation Oncology on our website or at (888) 823-9162. We provide personalized and compassionate care as one of Florida’s leading cancer treatment centers through 10 convenient locations.

    A Brief Look at the Symptoms of Breast Cancer

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Like many other types of cancer, breast cancer often does not show distinctive symptoms until it reaches later stages. Therefore, many breast cancer cases are diagnosed through preventive screening with mammography. Still, it is important to note the common symptoms of breast cancer so that you can seek care right away if you observe them.

    Breast cancer is most often associated with the presence of a lump in the breast tissue. This lump may be too small to feel through the skin, but these growths typically have hard, uneven edges. Pain and discomfort may be present along with swelling and nipple discharge. Other signs include changes in the appearance of the breast, redness or thickening of the skin on the nipple, and lumps in the underarm area.

    If you are facing a breast cancer diagnosis and you want to find support for coping with your symptoms, contact South Florida Radiation Oncology at (888) 823-9162 for a schedule of our Support Group meetings. You might also explore our advanced radiation oncology services available at convenient locations in Belle Glade, Bethesda Health City, Boca Raton East, Boca Raton West, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Wellington.

    What Are the Risk Factors of Breast Cancer?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Knowing your risk for breast cancer can help you get the preventive care you need—including appropriate annual screenings—so it is important to recognize the primary risk factors that you cannot control with simple lifestyle changes. While eating right and exercising will help to lower your breast cancer risk, you may not be able to alter the risk factors below. Therefore, scheduling screening procedures with South Florida Radiation Oncology may be an integral part of managing your risk.

    Reproductive Factors

    Certain reproductive factors can cause fluctuations in hormones that may increase your risk for breast cancer. These include starting menstruation at an early age, never having children, not breastfeeding, and the use of hormone replacement therapy during menopause. If you have any of these factors present, you should discuss them with your physician.

    Age

    Breast cancer is most frequently diagnosed in women over the age of 50, so you may need to make screening more of a priority as you get older. Self-breast exams may be a part of breast cancer prevention at any age, but annual mammograms will not likely be recommended until you reach the age of 40.

    Family and Personal History

    Genetic factors can play a role in breast cancer risk. If you have a close relative who has been diagnosed with breast cancer or you have had breast cancer earlier in your life, you will have a higher risk.

    Breast Tissue Density

    While dense breast tissue does not necessarily elevate your breast cancer risk, it can create challenges in mammogram screening. Dense breast tissue may distort mammogram images, so ultrasound imaging or digital mammography may be needed to yield accurate test results from screenings.

    If you want to obtain more information about breast cancer risk factors and screening procedures, contact South Florida Radiation Oncology on our website or by calling (888) 823-9162. With locations in Belle Glade, Bethesda Health City, Boca Raton East, Boca Raton West, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Wellington, we ensure that our patients do not have to travel far for personalized, compassionate cancer care featuring the most advanced radiation technologies.

    Breast Cancer Statistics in the United States

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed types of cancer in the United States, making breast cancer screening and prevention a priority in oncological care. According to BreastCancer.org, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime—causing about 230,000 new breast cancer cases in women annually. Breast cancer also affects men, with about 2,000 new diagnoses among men in the year 2011. While breast cancer cases and deaths have declined over the past two decades, there are still many steps to take in cancer research and public awareness to increase the number of breast cancer survivors from the reported 2.6 million in 2011.

    If you are concerned about breast cancer or you have been recently diagnosed, explore the Support Groups offered at South Florida Radiation Oncology. In addition to patient education and support, we provide the most advanced radiation oncology through our nationally recognized center with locations in Belle Glade, Bethesda Health City, Boca Raton East, Boca Raton West, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Wellington. You can learn more about the specific treatments we offer by visiting our website or calling us at (888) 823-9162.

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