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Smart Talk host Nell McCormack-Abom guides a community conversation on all aspects of breast cancer... diagnosis, treatment, surgery, advocacy, research, emotions, and life after cancer.

HARRISBURG, PA – Breast Cancer Awareness Month—observed every October—recognizes breast cancer as the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women next to skin cancer. About one in eight will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of a lifetime. This month is a time to be reminded of the importance of screening tests in detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages when it is most treatable.

PinnacleHealth Women's Cancer Center reminds you that September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.  GCAM emphasis is to reach women who have not been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, creating awareness about the prevention and early detection of women's cancer.


August 28, 2011 was my 75th birthday.  I celebrated this event with the person who saved my life – Lois, my wife of 50 years (50th wedding anniversary - 22 July 2011).

Hershey, PA dentist Wesley Davis says that if oral cancers are caught early enough before spreading to other tissues, there's a relatively high cure rate.

Jim Williams is a 20-year prostate cancer survivor and activist who shares his experience with cancer to raise awareness.  And, he wants men to know that having regular prostate exams could save their life.  He knows it's hard for men to go to the doctor, especially when they feel healthy.  But, Jim knows firsthand how important getting regular prostate exams is.  Why?  Because his wife urging him to have a check-up saved his life.  See how in this powerful video below.

(Carlisle) -- Oral cancer kills more people than Leukemia, Hodgkin's lymphoma, and testicular, thyroid or skin cancers.

(Hummelstown) -- With a month left in summer, it's not too late to talk about ways to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays. witf's Craig Layne talked about skin protection with Dr. Christine Mackley from Brownstone Dermatology Associatesin Hummelstown.

Patients often do not give a detailed family history because they do not see how this information has any significance to their current care.


Can you be at risk for developing skin cancer?  Can Eskimos develop skin cancer?  Do dark-skinned people get skin cancer?  For the answers to these questions, read further!

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