Top 7 Myths about Lung Cancer…Debunked!

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, making it a great opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the disease. Some misconceptions about lung cancer exist and it can sometimes be difficult to separate myth from fact. John Kelly, MD, Oncologist with Carson Tahoe Cancer Center, dispelled 7 of the most common myths going around about lung cancer: Myth #1: Only smokers get lung cancer. There is NO DOUBT: Smoking does contribute to most lung cancer cases. However, it isn’t just a smoker’s disease, as 15% of people who are diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked a day in their life. Myth #2: Exposure to secondhand smoke is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. Secondhand smoke is actually the …


8 Reasons NOT to Get a Mammogram this Year…And Why they are Absolutely WRONG!

By Dr. Kinsey Pillsbury, MD, Tahoe Carson Radiology Hello ladies and Happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month! It’s your friendly neighborhood radiologist here to remind you why there’s no good excuse to skip your mammogram this year. Here are a few reasons NOT to avoid coming in for your annual screening exam before the year is up: #1: No one in my family has had breast cancer, so I don’t worry about it. Truth: 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have NO family history of breast or other cancers. #2: I heard that mammograms don’t save lives. Truth: Since its widespread implementation in the 1980’s, mammography has lowered the risk of dying of breast cancer by around 35%. -Cancers detected …


What You can do to Prevent Colon Cancer

Did you know that 40% of colorectal cancers are preventable? People most at risk for colorectal cancers do not get colonoscopies. In fact, up to 70% of people in the high-risk category — those age 50 to 75 — don’t seek testing. That’s unfortunate, because colon cancers are more preventable than many other cancers. All colon cancers begin with a precancerous polyp, which can be removed. We can’t emphasize enough just how preventable colon cancers are. You can’t prevent breast cancer, lung cancer or brain cancer in the same way – in other words, you can’t take precancerous polyps off any of those organs. Colonoscopy must be done – it can really save people’s lives. Recent research Colon cancer could …


Carson Tahoe Offers Newest, Most Advanced Technologies to Diagnose & Fight Lung Cancer

Lung cancer often has few symptoms in its early stages, so screening is important for early detection and treatment. Carson Tahoe uses state-of-the-art technology, including low-dose CT lung scans and electromagnetic bronchoscopy to detect and diagnose cancer more quickly and accurately than with other methods. Low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan Sometimes called “CAT scans,” low-dose CT scans are used to see lesions—or “spots”—inside the lungs. Studies show that early detection using low-dose CT reduced lung cancer death rates by 20 percent in high-risk populations. Those who are at high risk for lung cancer include: • Smokers • Firefighters • People with a family history of lung cancer • Workers who have been exposed to potentially cancer-causing materials such as asbestos …


THiRTEEN Ways to THiNK PiNK

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Carson Tahoe Health and Red’s Old 395 Grill will once again host the THiNK PiNK breast cancer awareness kickoff party at Red’s on Wednesday, October 1st from 5-7 pm. The event is free to attend and individuals wearing a Carson Tahoe “Think Pink” t-shirt will receive free appetizers courtesy of Red’s Old 395 Grill. T-Shirts can be purchased for a $10 suggested donation at the event or at the Carson Tahoe Medical Campus. 100% of proceeds from all “Think Pink” t-shirt, bar and raffle sales will go to the Carson Tahoe Cancer Resource Center for cancer education and support. Click here for more information. About 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at …