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Protect Yourself Against Cervical Cancer… One Pap at a Time

Ladies, we understand that walking into your well-woman exam isn’t always the most exciting feeling. But knowing that cervical cancer is 100 percent curable if detected early through screenings? Now that is something to smile about.

With nearly 13,000 women in the United States diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, Lovelace Health System honors the importance of cervical cancer screening as part of a woman’s routine health care.

"A 3D Mammogram Saved My Life!"

As the director of diagnostic services at Lovelace Medical Center, Rita Matteucci, 50, has always made her preventative health screenings a priority.

An annual mammogram is still to recur on Matteucci’s calendar, and this year was not different,  landing on August 3, 2018 at Lovelace Women’s Hospital Breast Care Center.

The Breast Care Center uses 3 dimensional (3D) mammography to detect early forms of breast cancer. Compared to a standard 2D mammogram, 3D mammography can penetrate breast tissue layer by layer, showing more accurate results.

Lovelace Offers 3D Mammography

If you schedule a mammogram at Lovelace Women’s Hospital Breast Care Center, did you know that you are scheduling a 3 dimensional (3D) mammogram? 3D mammography allows our specialists to detect smaller and earlier cancers, which in turn helps lead to better outcomes. Dr. Timothy Erwin, a radiologist at Lovelace Women’s Hospital, answers your 3D mammography questions in the interview below.

What is the difference between a 2D and 3D mammogram?

Local Woman Encourages Smokers to Get Lovelace’s Cancer Screening

Millicent “Millie” Wilson, 60, was watching television one evening when she came across a commercial about a low-dose CT chest scan offered at Lovelace Cancer Center.
 
“Knowing that I smoked cigarettes for over 40 years, I researched online to see if I qualified for the low-dose CT scan,” said Millie.
 
The $99 low-dose CT chest scan for lung cancer screening is simple, effective and can improve the outcome with early diagnosis.
 

Celebrating Men’s Health by Understanding Prostate Cancer

In the month of June, we want to bring awareness to men’s health and more specifically, prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men and one out of every seven American men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.

The prostate is a small gland in the male reproductive system that is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. This organ surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder. The prostate is typically the size of a walnut, but can grow larger as men age.

Skin Cancer Sit-Down with Dr. Calvin Ridgeway, M.D.

Albuquerque has on average 280 sunny days per year. That means an increased risk of developing skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of seventy. Dr. Calvin Ridgeway, M.D., F.A.C.S., of the Lovelace Women’s Hospital Breast Care Center, provides key insights about the most common skin cancers, the warning signs, risk factors and how you can protect yourself.

What are the most common skin cancers?

Lovelace employee receives unexpected gift from the Warrior Princess

This is the story of Keesha Furniss, the Warrior Princess from Memphis, Tennessee.

Keesha Michelle Furniss was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastasized breast cancer in November 2013. At that time, Keesha was thirty years old and worked at a local daycare. 

Metastatic breast cancer, also called stage IV or advanced breast cancer, is the most advanced stage of breast cancer and has spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body. The cancer cells break away from the tumor and travel through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system.

Testicular Cancer, a “Young Man’s Disease”

The good news is that testicular cancer is one of the most curable cancers. The bad news? Research has not verified why this cancer targets young men.

What You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, is the third most common cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women in the United States. It is also a cancer that is beatable, treatable and preventable. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and most curable when detected at an early stage.

What is colon cancer and how does it spread?

Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer

“So what puts me at risk?” This is a common question asked when discussing cervical cancer. Risk factors are attributes that increase your chance of developing cancer. Cervical cancer is a type of cancer caused by abnormal cells in the cervix. According to the American Cancer Society, there were about 12,820 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed in 2017. It’s important to understand what puts you at risk so you can take steps towards prevention.

Cervical cancer risk factors include: