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Kristin Gilhool and Marc Hirschler inherited a lot from their mother…bright smiles and a zest for life.  But, they also inherited a heightened risk for cancer.

We received a voice message from a woman in our community named Becky who was responding to a piece written by witf president & CEO, Kathleen Pavelko, titled "The power of pink: What it all means."  Becky expressed concern that in the midst of all the pink and awareness being raised for women in October, we're forgetting about the fact that men need to be aware that they too are at risk of developing breast cancer.

(Harrisburg) -- Firefighters across the state are routinely exposed to cancer-causing chemicals while they perform their duties.  A law enacted this year is designed to recognize that fact and give firefighters and their families more peace of mind if a first responder is diagnosed with cancer.

Over the past year, my team and I have heard from an amazing assortment of people telling us how much witf’s Facing Cancer Together community education effort has meant to them.

A majority of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will succumb to the disease. But, Dr. Dennis Johnson, a surgical oncologist in York, PA says that there are long-term survivors and treatment shouldn't be dismissed when a person is diagnosed.  Norma Warfel, one of Dr. Johnson’s patients, has survived for ten years and is looking forward to another ten.

The biblical story of Christmas is the story of a miracle.  But the Brobson family of Harrisburg has its own Christmas miracle.  Her name is Claire.

Imaging plays a crucial role in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  Radiologists like PinnacleHealth's Dr. Jonathan Stephenson, interpret the X-Rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, MRI's and PET scans and look for what is causing the problems.

When Ken Bazaar was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he turned to Wikipedia for information on his diagnosis.  He found links and information that brought him up-to-date on the disease and what he was facing, and it ultimately helped him to decide which treatment was right for him.

Cancers of the colon and the rectum are the third most common cancer in US men and women.  The American Cancer Society estimates that there will101,340 new cases of colon cancer in 2011.  And, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.  But, there’s good news.

Dr. Jennifer Kegel is a radiologist at Lancaster General Health and she has a unique perspective on breast cancer.  That's because Dr. Kegel is a breast cancer survivor herself and she says it changed how she communicates with patients who have been disagnosed with breast cancer.

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