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Answers to burning questions about sunscreen

Sunscreen SPF coverage graph

One way to determine what SPF is best for you is by using the following equation: Minutes to burn without sunscreen x SPF number = maximum sun exposure time. Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun in order to allow it time to absorb into your skin. It should also be applied generously and at least every two hours, or more often if you are swimming or perspiring.

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Top cancers among men

Top cancers among men: During National Men’s Health Awareness Month, learn about the top four cancers that affect men. These include lung cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer.

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Cancer screening: An overview

Cancer screening

Cancer screening is the subject of much debate. As new research discoveries are made, organizations like the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society have to reevaluate their screening guidelines based on the most current scientific evidence in order to ensure that patients are receiving the most up-to-date and well-informed recommendations.

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Simpler colonoscopies are safer

Colon illustration for blog post

A new study by VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers discovered that as the complexity of colonoscopies increases, a higher risk of adverse events, such as GI bleeding or colonic perforation, are reported. Many factors affect the likelihood of those adverse events, including the surgeon’s colonoscopy volume and the type of the procedure and facility.

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The basics of bladder cancer

Bladder cancer

Did you know that bladder cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the United States? In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be nearly 75,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed this year. In this article, we’re going to discuss the risk factors, symptoms, early detection and treatment of bladder cancer.

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