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Dr. Tanna recalls a patient he referred to the HealthyWoman Program because of the high cost of her medical bills....

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The Importance of Screening

Nurse Midwife, June Power explains the importance of cervical cancer screenings through Pap tests....

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The Importance of Screening
Caregiving Needs: How You Can Care for Yourself During  a Loved One’s Cancer

Caregiving Needs: How You Can Care for Yourself During a Loved One’s Cancer

When someone you love has cancer, it doesn’t only affect that individual and his or her health — cancer happens to you, too. Between the anxiety, energy it takes to shuffle between doctors’ offices, radiation appointments and the medical bills that accompany cancer, you barely have time to process what’s going on, let alone time […]...

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What is the BRCA Gene?

You probably already know that a history of breast cancer in your family puts you at greater risk for the disease. This is because certain hereditary genes, when mutated, are linked to breast cancer. These genes are called BRCA1 and BRCA2 (or BReast CAncer susceptibility genes). BRCA1 and BRCA2 in themselves are not indications that […]...

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What is the BRCA Gene?
Can This Really Cause Breast Cancer?

Can This Really Cause Breast Cancer?

It seems like every day a new study is published declaring another possible cause for breast cancer. From antiperspirants to hair dye, countless products have been named as causes of breast cancer. However, not all of these claims have solid, trustworthy research to back them up. Trying to keep track of and avoid all of […]...

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A Provider’s Perspective

Watch Dr. Tanna's story on the importance of early detection through regular mammograms and pap tests....

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A Provider’s Perspective
How to Deal with the Stress of Cancer

How to Deal with the Stress of Cancer

Cancer. The very word wreaks havoc in the minds of those it affects — the diagnosed individuals, their loved ones, those who rely on them. Learning that you have cancer can be a concerning experience that leads to an uncertain time for you and your family. The stress of cancer might seem overwhelming, but with […]...

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Coping After a Cancer Diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis is scary for the one receiving it and for the people who love them. Recently, we went over how stress can affect your cancer. Now, we want to go a step further and explore some methods of coping with cancer and the stress that can come with it. Before coping with cancer, […]...

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Coping After a Cancer Diagnosis
Mastectomies and Other Breast Cancer Treatment Options

Mastectomies and Other Breast Cancer Treatment Options

A mastectomy and chemotherapy are common treatments for breast cancer, but there are other options for breast cancer patients. While treatments vary based on your unique health history and cancer, primarily breast cancer treatments fall into three categories: Local, systemic and clinical trials. Before seeking treatment, it’s important you’ve received mammogram screenings and diagnostic tests, […]...

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What Are the Stages of Breast Cancer?

There are different ways of naming breast cancer stages. The traditional method names the breast cancer stages by number: Stage 0 – IV. ...

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What Are the Stages of Breast Cancer?
One Patient’s Story

One Patient’s Story

Listen to one patient's story of how joining the HealthyWoman Program helped her face her health fears....

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What are My Cervical Cancer Treatment Options?

If you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer, there are different treatment options from which to choose. Options depend on how advanced the cancer is and whether you want the option of becoming pregnant after treatment. ...

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What are My Cervical Cancer Treatment Options?
Does pregnancy affect cancer risk?

Does pregnancy affect cancer risk?

The relationships between breast cancer and child-bearing are complex, but appear to be linked to whether or not you have a full-term pregnancy, and your age when you have your first pregnancy....

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What to Expect During a Mammogram

Even if you have had one before, you might feel some stress and anxiety whenever you are due for your next mammogram. Don’t worry. You’ve got this!...

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What to Expect During a Mammogram
Cervical Cancer Symptoms and Risk Factors

Cervical Cancer Symptoms and Risk Factors

Maybe you’ve been recently diagnosed with Human Papillomavirus (HPV) or maybe you’ve been experiencing changes and are worried that it could be an indication of something serious....

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Risk Factors and Signs of Breast Cancer

You’ve just completed your monthly self breast exam, and you think you feel an unusual lump. You might think that finding a lump automatically means that you have breast cancer, but it does not....

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Risk Factors and Signs of Breast Cancer
What is The HealthyWoman Program?

What is The HealthyWoman Program?

Many women without insurance are very afraid of having extraordinary bills that they can’t afford to pay. The HealthyWoman Program is a much-needed sort of gap coverage for women. This program is for women who do not have insurance, have inadequate insurance, or a gap in their insurance...

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How to Do a Self Breast Exam

A frequent self breast exam may help to detect abnormalities easier assuming you are familiar with what your breasts normally look and feel like. There are many approaches on how to do a self breast exam, but all follow these same basics...

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How to Do a Self Breast Exam
What Does It Mean if I Have an Abnormal Pap Smear?

What Does It Mean if I Have an Abnormal Pap Smear?

You've been to your gynecologist recently and you’ve taken your regular Pap test. A few days later, you are informed that the results of your Pap are abnormal and require follow-up. Before you panic, you should know the possible causes for your abnormal Pap smear....

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Welcome

As part of a collaborative effort to expand the reach of The HealthyWoman Program of Central PA, we have set up this blog to help guide women in receiving the help they deserve....

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