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Focused on Health

Learn how to consume a well-balanced diet, fit exercise into your daily routine, protect yourself from the sun, avoid or quit tobacco, and get appropriate cancer screening exams to reduce your risks for cancer.

September is Prostate and Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.


Tracking Your PSA Results (01:34)

Obesity Trends and Endometrial Cancer (01:45)

“The Light Within”: Excerpt from New Book About Cancer Journey (05:10)

What is Cancer Prevention? (03:01)

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In the September issue of Focused on Health:

Tracking Your PSA: Be Proactive!

“I keep track of my PSA results on a regular basis because I know that the best chance for surviving prostate cancer is detecting it as early as possible,” said Solomon Schein, a long-time M. D. Anderson volunteer.

John W. Davis, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Urology at M. D. Anderson, agrees with Solomon. “Reviewing your PSA results over the past four or more years – versus concentrating on a one-time score – can greatly assist you and your primary care provider in determining whether you are at increased risk for the disease.” Read more

Obesity Increases Risks of Endometrial Cancer

When Marie Brown, an administrative assistant and mother of three kids, learned about an M. D. Anderson study investigating the relationship between endometrial cancer and obesity, she became interested in learning whether her weight could increase her cancer risk.

“I’m slightly over my ideal weight,” said Marie an active African-American woman who joined the study in Sept. 2007. “I need to know what my health risks are, so that I can be proactive about improving my overall health.” Read more

Get the Facts: Prostate and Gynecologic Cancer

Prostate Cancer - More than 186,000 new prostate cancer cases are expected to occur in the United States this year. (American Cancer Society)

Gynecologic Cancer – More than 70,000 new gynecologic cancer cases are expected to occur in the United States this year. (American Cancer Society) Read more