Cancer is caused by certain changes to genes that control the way our cells function, especially how they grow and divide. Some people have inherited gene faults that increase their risk of developing certain types of cancer. In this article, we touch on five of the more common inherited cancers. In part two of this article we’ll share the 6th through 10th most common inherited cancers.
Lee Hyde, 65, is a patient of Dr. Perez for the second time. The first was for treatment of a blood disorder in 2011, for which he was successfully treated. After treatment, Lee and his wife Sharon moved to Elko, where they were living when Lee was diagnosed with melanoma in March of 2016. He initially consulted with a few other oncologists nearby before returning to Dr. Perez. Why not go...
Does standing next to the microwave give you cancer? How about the Splenda in your favorite diet drink? Will eating loads of kale and blueberries prevent cancer? There is a lot of misinformation floating around in popular culture about the causes of and treatments for cancer. We figure a cancer diagnosis is stressful enough without patients and caregivers having to battle folklore about the...
What used to be a simple matter of grabbing a bottle off the shelf to protect your skin from the sun has become quite complicated. Terms we saw on some bottles recently include: SPF 8 to SPF 100, UVA/UVB protection, broad spectrum, sweat-resistant, water- resistant, Powerstay Technology, Helioplex, Hexiplex, antioxidant enriched, paraben-free, chemical-free, natural sunscreen, organic ingredients...
When you are navigating a cancer diagnosis and treatment plan, the last thing you want to do is navigate a parking garage, elevators and an endless maze of hallways. Those living at Lake Tahoe now have options for their cancer care, including the quiet and comfort of Sierra Nevada Cancer Center (SNCC).
Located at 290 Kingsbury Grade, Suite 32, SNCC’s Stateline location offers full-service cancer...
As with all types of cancer, awareness is the key to diagnosing kidney cancer and undergoing treatment when it is most effective. Because March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, we’re shining the spotlight on this particular disease.
Kidney Cancer At A Glance
Also known as renal cancer, kidney cancer forms from malignant cells in tubules in the kidney. There are many types of kidney cancer,...
Drusilla “Dru” Beveridge, a 73-year-old Carson City resident, was not surprised when she was handed a cancer diagnosis two years ago. The symptoms she had prior to a routine colonoscopy led her to believe something was not right. “I was told that I had stage 2A rectal cancer,” Dru said. “I was fine though. I’m a very strong person. I have Jesus, and I have family and friends who are very...
It can be embarrassing to talk about our bathroom habits with anyone, much less our physician. However, discussing what’s happening, or not happening, on the toilet and how things in the bowl look is a necessary step in managing our colon health. March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, the ideal time to remind ourselves about this disease, including symptoms we need to watch for and...
Cancer is not always a case of bad luck. Often the power is in our hands to stay healthy. February is cancer prevention month, a perfect time to emphasize the lifestyle changes we can all make to reduce our risk of getting many forms of cancer.
The American Institute of Cancer Research estimates that approximately one-third of annual cancer cases in the United States could be prevented with...
February is Gallbladder and Bile Duct Awareness Month, so we are taking the opportunity to share some information about the disease. To start, many of us have little knowledge of the gallbladder, besides its association with gallstones, which are those often-painful cholesterol masses that can develop in the gallbladder.
The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ under the liver that stores...