Cervical cancer: warning signs & essential screenings

Pre-cancer and cervical cancer warning signs are always easiest to treat when spotted early before they’ve had a chance to spread and grow.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2021, around 15,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer, and some of those cases are tied to human papillomavirus, also known as HPV.

Keep reading to learn about how to prevent cervical cancer, why you should get the HPV vaccine, and which regular screenings help spot pre-cancers.

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Coping with cancer: healing and mental health

A grandmother copes with cancer treatment with help from her grandchild

This article is part of the Complete Guide to Cancer Care.

Worried, anxious, sad, afraid ... it’s normal to experience all kinds of feelings during your cancer journey. From diagnosis and treatment to remission and survival, every step of the battle can feel like you’re on a rollercoaster of emotions.

Cancer doesn’t just attack your body. Going through a stressful cancer journey can also affect your mind.

Coping with a diagnosis is never easy. That’s why taking care of your emotional and mental health is an essential ingredient in the healing process. In fact, in some cases, how well you handle stress from having cancer can even shape your outcome.

Keep reading for tips on what you can do to help make healing from cancer less stressful.

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How a cancer diagnosis will impact your life

This article is part of the Complete Guide to Cancer Care.

For most patients, a cancer diagnosis comes out of the blue. Not having any warning means that most people—understandably—have many questions about what comes next.

After you have taken the time to learn more about what type of cancer you have and whether it’s aggressively spreading or growing slowly, you’ll need to start thinking about what you want to do.

Keep reading for answers to common questions often asked by people who have been recently diagnosed with cancer.

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How to treat lymphedema

Sometimes, after getting a cancer-free diagnosis when you think your battle is over, you’re stuck dealing with a new challenge: painful swelling caused by lymphedema.

Lymphedema is an uncomfortable condition that often affects patients when lymph nodes are removed or damaged during or after their cancer treatment. It most commonly affects arms and legs, but lymphedema can also develop in other parts of your body.

Keep reading to learn more about how to treat lymphedema.

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Why early detection is crucial for beating colon cancer

A doctor holding a colon cancer patient's hands

Colon cancer is always an unwelcome life interrupter.

Most of the time, the disease begins in your large intestine without your knowing. More than half of patients diagnosed with colon cancer never notice any symptoms, which is why it’s crucial to go through regular screening tests as part of your healthcare routine. Doing so may help your doctor find colon cancer early, which it’s easiest to treat.

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