It’s the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States when men and women are considered separately, and the second leading cause when both sexes are combined. But death rates are going down, in part because more people are being screened and having polyps removed before they become cancerous. This feature focuses on the importance of early detection and the story of a landscape company owner in Apollo, Armstrong County who was shocked at being diagnosed with rectal cancer at the age of 34.
It’s one of the most common cancers found in American men. But for African American men, the chances of being diagnosed with prostate cancer are even greater. That’s why doctors recommend screening begin at age 40 for black men. This feature focuses on a retired school teacher from Sharon, Mercer County whose prostate cancer was discovered during a routine physical exam and how his doctor used laparoscopic robotic surgery to treat the disease.
Testicular cancer is a rare disease. But it is the most common cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 35. We talk with a graphic designer who was just 21 when he had to put life on hold to battle the disease. His doctors from the Allegheny Health Network walk us through his treatment plan, which included three surgeries and a year of chemotherapy. We’ll also explain what men can do to catch this cancer early and why many put off seeing the doctor.
While rates for some cancers are falling, cases of esophageal cancer are rising. And this cancer is especially more common in men than women. Symptoms include difficulty swallowing, weight loss, heart burn, coughing, hoarseness, even hiccups – symptoms that can be associated with less-serious illnesses. Additionally, most esophageal cancers do not cause symptoms until they have reached an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat. Experts discuss the latest treatment options and how to reduce the risk of developing this dangerous condition.
We begin this four part series with a look at an aggressive and sometime fatal form of skin cancer. More than 9,000 Americans are expected to die this year of melanoma. We talk to a local skin cancer specialist about prevention, treatment and who’s at risk for melanoma. We also talk to a two-time survivor who is fighting back by spreading awareness of the disease.
Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. But with aggressive surgery techniques and advancements in chemotherapy, more women are surviving the disease. WQED talks with Julie McMullen, a young mother who beat the disease and went on to conceive a child. Another local woman, Elaine Becker, shares her story of beating the odds, despite a long family history of cancer. We also sit down with Elaine’s niece, Emily Liszka, who discovered that she carries a genetic alteration that greatly increases her chance of getting ovarian cancer. Those women, and their doctors at the Allegheny Health Network, talk about their diagnoses, how they are alive today, and why despite the statistics, there is hope.
It’s become the leading cause of cancer death among women. But, more and more women are becoming lung cancer survivors thanks to early detection through CT screening, and better treatment. WQED’s Michael Bartley introduces you to a local lung cancer survivor and her team of cancer specialists at Allegheny General Hospital.
Every woman has a story. A different stage of diagnosis. A different course of treatment. But there is something they all have in common, dealing with life after breast cancer. It can be a difficult transition. WQED’s Tonia Caruso talks with two local women who are finding their way and finding happiness after trying ordeals. Plus a look at some of the latest advancements in treatments and how, in some patients, even if it can’t be cured, cancer can be treated as a chronic illness.
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