Think you’re too old to quit smoking? Think again

(BPT) – It’s no secret that tobacco smoke can be deadly. It is strongly linked to everything from cancer and stroke to pulmonary issues and heart disease. Although the prevalence of smoking in the U.S. decreased from 21 percent to 17 percent of adults over the past five years, according to America’s Health Rankings, the risk […]

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Personalized treatment approaches can help patients with lung cancer breathe easier

(BPT) – Seventy-four year old Sandy Sargent of Seattle was an avid hiker who had always found it hard to sit still, so she never expected her nagging cough would turn out to be anything beyond a seasonal cold. When an X-ray confirmed a stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis and her doctor estimated she had […]

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Pancreatic cancer: Know your family, know your risk

(BPT) – Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, with a mere 29 percent one-year survival rate. In 2016, pancreatic cancer became the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, surpassing breast cancer. The time frame between diagnosis and death is often short. Only 7 percent of people diagnosed with […]

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Caring for Someone with Prostate Cancer – Learning the Signs of Progression

(BPT) – “When dealing with my husband Glenn’s cancer, I have learned a few things,” said Penni D., a caregiver, and wife of a patient living with advanced prostate cancer. “I enjoy the good days together even more and don’t waste time worrying about the future – we take each day as it comes.” Like […]

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