The terms “colon cancer” and “colorectal cancer” describe cancers of the colon and rectum. Colon cancer usually begins as a small, noncancerous clump of cells called a polyp. Over time, polyps may become cancerous, which is why it is best to detect them early and remove them before the disease
Cancer staging describes the severity of a person’s cancer. Doctors use cancer staging to plan the appropriate treatment and determine a patient’s prognosis. All cancers are staged when they are first diagnosed, called the clinical stage. After surgery or biopsy, cancer can be further studied and its pathologic stage can
Alcohol use disorder, or AUD, is a growing problem in the United States. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 17 million of Americans age 18 and older were diagnosed with an AUD in 2012. Drinking too much on a single occasion or over a period
What’s the smartest thing to do if you’re having chest pain or other heart attack symptoms such as shortness of breath? Call 911 immediately to receive emergency care.
In McHenry County, emergency heart care begins as soon as paramedics arrive at the scene of a heart attack. They perform an EKG
Centegra has several resources to help you quit smoking. If you want to take charge of your lung health but need help quitting smoking, join Centegra’s seven-week Freedom from Smoking class for adults. Centegra Health System and the American Cancer Society have partnered together to bring you an effective program that
Is a plant-based diet with no animal products including, meat, fish, dairy, eggs and limited oil best for a healthy heart?
For a healthy heart the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming a diet rich in:
Vegetables and fruits
Low-fat dairy products
Lean protein such as poultry and fish
Nuts and non-tropical vegetable oils
Centegra Health System and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly urge parents to have their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Vaccinate your child as soon as he or she reaches the recommended age, though it is never too late to get your child caught up to receive the full benefits of
The American Institute for Cancer Research offers 10 recommendations for cancer prevention. Researchers believe a third of the most common cancers in the U.S. can be prevented with lifestyle changes.
Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) to no more than 18 ounces a week (cooked weight)
Today is Global Belly Laugh Day. At 1:24 pm smile, throw your arms in the air and let out a great big belly laugh. Remember the people, both past and present, in your life that you have laughed with and have helped you find the humor in a situation.