Cervical Cancer and HPV: What You Need to Know

Last month was Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Mercy Cancer Center wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer. HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost…

Mom Genes: the Role of Genetics in Your Health

Did you know there are about 20,500 human genes? In recent years, we’ve learned so much about how genes work and why some diseases run in families. While we can’t change our genes, knowing we have a higher-than-average chance of developing certain diseases can help us take steps to lower our risks. Genetics 101 We…

Mom Genes | cancer awareness blog canton mercy 2019
From Awareness to Action: Cancer Symptoms You Can’t Ignore

Does fear of a cancer diagnosis keep you from seeing the doctor, even when you know in your heart you should? If so, you are not alone. Most unexplained symptoms that could indicate cancer are usually NOT cancer, but rather, a less serious condition. However, seeing your doctor promptly can avert a lot of uncertainty…

Seeing Spots: Should I Be Concerned About Moles?

The average person has between 10 and 40 moles, though the number can vary drastically.  The number of moles that you have can change throughout your life, as new moles can develop and some may disappear as you age.  You can develop moles almost anywhere on your body, including your scalp and underneath your fingernails….

Moles and skin cancer, healthchat blog, Mercy Medical Center Canton
Cancer-fighting Foods Made Easy

You’ve probably heard from the health experts that eating fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains may reduce your risk of developing cancer. And maybe you’ve been eating your weight in garlic, tomatoes or whatever foods crop up in the news as especially potent cancer fighters. But if you think one food will give you immunity…

Cancer Fighting Foods
Choosing Hope in the Midst of Cancer

Hope /hōp/ noun: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Most people have never thought much about hope. They may think hope is the same as wishing or optimism, or they may assume everyone hopes the same way they do and that it means the same thing. In actuality, hope…

Choose Hope with Cancer | Mercy Cancer Center, Canton, Ohio
Cervical Cancer and HPV: Stop the Stigma

Over the last forty years, the cervical cancer death rate has decreased more than fifty percent due to the increased use of the Pap test. This screening procedure can find changes in the cervix before the cancer develops. It also can find cancer in earlier stages, when it’s most curable. Cervical cancer is most commonly…

Cervical Cancer and HPV | Info from Canton Mercy in Canton Ohio
Healthy Skin is Beautiful Skin

By now, everyone knows that tan skin is damaged skin. But just because you don’t have a sun tan doesn’t mean your skin is in optimal health. May is skin cancer awareness month, and Mercy Cancer Center would like to take this opportunity to remind you to take care of your body’s largest organ, the…

Staying Well as a Couple While Coping With Cancer

The burden of supporting someone you love can be both a privilege and a responsibility. It is vitally important to identify the limitations that may exist emotionally, relationally, and psychologically for a couple that is battling cancer together. One of the most difficult aspects of coping with a chronic or long-term illness such as cancer…

Advice for Couples Facing Cancer from
Life After Cancer and Survivor Care Plans

One of the most exciting things in oncology is the vast improvement in survivor rates over the past few decades. It’s led to a whole new phase of the cancer journey called survivorship. Learn what survivorship is and how you can develop a Survivor Care Plan. Cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence anymore….

Life after cancer - what is a survivor care plan? Mercy Cancer Center in Canton Ohio
Is the HPV Vaccine the Right Thing to Do?

Chances are if you are a parent of a tween or teen, you have been offered or even chosen to get your child vaccinated against HPV or human papilloma virus. Have you thought about why this vaccine is so important? Nicole Haines with Mercy Cancer Center provides an educational message on the HPV vaccination. What is HPV…

HPV vaccine education from Mercy Cancer Center 2017
Holiday Memories: Dealing with Loss at a Time of Joy

Everyone anticipates the holiday season differently. Some may be excited for the gathering of family and friends, while others may find the holiday season emotionally challenging. This is especially true if you’ve lost someone close to you. The absence of your loved one can be overwhelming. During the holidays, grief from loss may feel like…

Dealing with memories and grief at the holidays
Low-dose CT Lung Screening Saves Former Smoker’s Life

Mercy employee Gary Trompower says kicking the smoking habit in 2007 after 32 years was one of the hardest (but best) things he’s ever done. A few years later, Gary did another ‘best thing’ for himself: he got a low-dose CT lung cancer screening. Thanks to this quick, pain-free test, Gary’s non-small cell lung cancer…

low dose lung cancer screening in canton ohio saves Gary Trompower's life
Genetics and Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

Only about 5–10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary or caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child. If there happens to be an error in a gene, then that same mistake will appear in all the cells that contain the same gene. It would be like having an instruction manual and…

Mercy Nurse Manager Barb Williams | Cancer Survivor
Dr. Greg Boone on Surviving Prostate Cancer: ‘My Breast Cancer Patients Came to the Rescue’

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Most men pondering the effects of prostate cancer — including Mercy surgeon and prostate cancer survivor Greg Boone, MD — fully agree. During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (and throughout the rest of the year), we want to arm men with the…

Prostate Cancer Awareness Canton Ohio Mercy Medical Center
Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! Yourself for Skin Safety in the Sun

In Ohio, we want to get outside as soon as the weather breaks and we feel those warm rays on our skin. Unfortunately, just one bad sunburn as a child makes you 50 percent more likely to develop melanoma as an adult. Almost everyone has a traumatic sunburn story, but that does not mean we…

Slip, slop, slap and wrap to prevent skin cancer - mercy cancer center, canton Ohio
Don’t Be Afraid of Palliative Care

Cancer can be complicated and scary. For some, when they hear the word “palliative,” they think dying. In reality, palliative care means something very different. Cancer can be complicated and scary. Many wonder if their cancer diagnosis spells the end of their life and carefully avoid discussions about prognosis for fear of hearing the worst….

Palliative Care in Canton Ohio at Mercy Medical Center
How Will You Help Prevent Cancer in 2016? Two Simple Things Can Make a Difference.

Most of us have an uncomfortable, if not painful relationship with cancer and cancer-related issues. But the first step to being proactive in preventing cancer is staying informed. February is National Cancer Prevention month. It’s important to know what each of us can do to make a difference. It was not too long ago that…

prevent cancer two ways in 2016 - Mercy Cancer Center, Canton, Ohio
10 Financial Resources If You or Someone You Love Has Cancer

You have been sick and used all your vacation and sick days. Now you find out you have cancer requiring a long course of treatment. You didn’t plan for this. You won’t be able to work and have no disability benefits. How are you going to support your family? How are you going to pay…

Money resources if you have cancer 2016
Male Breast Cancer: 6 Ways It’s Different from Female Breast Cancer

Even though male breast cancer is rare, you should never ignore a suspicious lump in the breast tissue. See your doctor. If the lump is cancerous, intervention can begin early. Male breast cancer accounts for about 1% of all breast cancers. Although men and women are very different, male breast cancer is similar to female…

Male breast cancer - facts from Mercy Cancer Center, Canton, Ohio, in 2015
Coping with Cancer: 5 Ways to Find the Support System You Need

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, it's important to understand that you shouldn't make this journey alone. Although there isn't one ideal way to get the support you need, you do have several good options. A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. Throughout the course of treatment, many people confront physical…

Nicole Haines at Mercy Cancer Center, cancer support in canton, ohio