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Health Matters: When You're Diagnosed With Cancer

By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor
By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, second only to heart disease.

If you are told that you have this disease, it can be a confusing and frightening experience.

In today’s Health Matters we’ll talk to one local doctor who offers some great advice on what you should do when you are diagnosed with cancer.

As a 10 year survivor of breast cancer, Sybill Edgar says the first thing people need to do if diagnosed with this disease is to get the facts about cancer from oncology professionals.

Sybill Edgar, cancer survivor, said “Take heart 80 percent of the suspected cancers are benign.”

Medical director Dr. Nguyen says you also need to be very careful about where you get your information, when researching your disease.

Dr. Nguyen said, “Do not believe everything that you read on the Internet.
The Internet is a great source of information but sometimes it can also contain misinformation and misinformation can be worse than no information at all.”

Sybill is positive that proper screening for cancer before you get symptoms is very important.

Many cancer survivors report that the support of family, friends, doctors, and other cancer patients and survivors helped them find the inner strength to keep fighting the disease.

Cancer information specialists are available 24 hours a day at the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 if you would like more information on finding cancer support.

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