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When it comes to colorectal screenings, there’s no time like the present

In the United States, colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon or rectum – is the second most common cancer affecting both men and women. It is also the second leading cause of cancer deaths in both Vermont and New York, despite being largely preventable. Unlike many cancers, colorectal cancer can be caught early and


A Doctor Shares: What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer

With Jesse Moore, MD, Colon and Rectal Surgeon at the University of Vermont Medical Center The American Cancer Society estimates approximately 100,000 new cases of colon cancer and 45,000 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed each year. It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, but it is


Which test should you take for colorectal cancer screening?

In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of death. Screening for colorectal cancer is important because when it is found at an early stage, it can frequently be cured. There are many choices for colon and rectal cancer screening in the average risk population. Average risk refers


Malignant Melanoma and Music

I noticed the spot in late October – deep black and the size of a pin prick, in one of my freckles. Every time I took a shower my eyes were drawn to it and I’d think “that’s weird”. My family doctor took a photo of the spot and within a week I was sitting


From a Cancer Survivor: Learning How To Let Go

“Let go of what no longer serves you.” Before I received a breast cancer diagnosis in early 2018 at age 41, I had been trying to figure out what this means for me. As I now understand cancer to be interconnected with energy trapped in vulnerable parts of your body, wreaking havoc and leading to


Toni’s Story: My Son’s Leukemia

Our son was diagnosed with leukemia two days before his fourth birthday. In an instant, our world revolved around learning about his disease, treatments, medicine and test results. This is Toni's story.

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Bell Ringing for Pediatric Leukemia Remission

Bell Ringing. Those words sound so simple, yet mean so much. To most, a bell ringing sounds like nothing special, but to my family it was everything. Hosting a bell ringing meant that my son Spencer did it – he beat leukemia!

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Supporting People with Cancer

A breast cancer diagnosis at age 41 in 2018 tore my life apart and then put it back together again. Cancer presents serious physical, mental, emotional, and financial burdens, which are difficult to understand unless you have experienced it personally. Living in rural Vermont with family and friends far away made it even more difficult.


Taking steps to fight cancer – with exercise

A new report highlights a growing body of evidence showing that regular exercise may help you survive if you have cancer, while also preventing certain types of cancer. The report, from the American College of Sports Medicine’s Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer, summarizes a “substantial accumulation” of new data over the past decade and concludes


A Patient Learns to Breathe Again After Lung Cancer

Mike Scrodin of Colchester, VT, is a veteran who served in the Vietnam War and came to Vermont in 1990 from Colorado. In October 2016, he got a diagnosis that changed his life. This is his story in his own words. How did you learn that you had lung cancer? Mike Scrodin: I was a


Vermont is Losing The Battle Against Melanoma

Our state has the second highest incidence of melanoma in the United States. This is a silver medal we don’t want to win again. Come join Larry Sudbay and Dr. Melanie Bui at Phoenix Books this Thursday, August 1, to see what the UVM Medical Center is doing about it. Click here to learn more

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All About Sunscreen

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  The first lines of defense are avoidance of UV radiation, finding shade, and using sun protective clothing. Whatever skin is exposed after these measures should get sunscreen. Why do I need sunscreen? Did you know that Vermont has the 2nd highest incidence of melanoma in the country?1 About 90% of

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Testicular Cancer: The Most Common Cancer Among Men 20-25 Years Old

It’s Testicular Cancer Awareness Month—a great opportunity to build awareness for this rare cancer that mostly affects young men. Today, it is a largely survivable disease. That’s why early detection is so important. Testicular cancer is THE most common cancer in young men ages 20-35 years old. The average age at the time of diagnosis


Colon Cancer: The Latest Research and Screening Options

The American Cancer Society estimates 97,220 new cases of colon cancer and 43,030 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2018. It is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, but it is one of only a few cancers that may be prevented through screening, and when found at

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Disrupting Leukemia

New, more effective approaches to treat children diagnosed with certain types of leukemia may be possible thanks to innovative research at University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and UVM Cancer Center, led by Jessica Heath, MD. 

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