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Advanced Treatment is Available for Bladder Cancer

Saint Francis Healthcare System is at the forefront of treating advanced bladder cancer. The Medical Center’s Cancer Institute has been involved in treatments that offer new hope for people who have bladder cancer that has spread to other parts of their body. Most types of bladder ...
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Remember Skin Cancer Screenings

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime, making it the most common cancer in the United States. Saint Francis is sponsoring a free skin cancer screening at its Womancare clinic Saturday, April 1, from 7:30 am-12:30 pm. “The ...
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Recommendations for Colonoscopy Screenings

Over the past 20 years, the death rate from colorectal cancer has decreased. This is largely due to the fact that more people are undergoing regular colonoscopy screenings. “Colonoscopies do not just allow us to detect cancer in its early stages,” says Michael R. Freeman, MD, ...
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Come to a Women’s Health Event

Missouri women of the region can enjoy a ladies night out when Saint Francis Healthcare System hosts its second free Women’s Health Event. The event will take place Thursday, March 23, 5-9 pm at Isle Casino, 777 Main St. in Cape Girardeau. The full evening includes ...
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Special Imaging Tool Helps Treat Heart Arrhythmias

From time to time, you may feel like your heart “skips a beat.” In most cases, this is completely harmless. But for some people, this change in rhythm can cause symptoms that could be life-threatening. Heart arrhythmia is a disruption in your heart’s electrical system that ...
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A Body Needs Iron

Iron deficiency anemia is when your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells to deliver oxygen sufficiently to all tissues. It occurs when your cells do not have enough iron. One of the most common symptoms of iron deficiency anemia is extreme fatigue. “When ...
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Know a Superbug

A “superbug” is a bacteria that are very difficult to kill. While it is not necessarily resistant to every type of antibiotic, it can be challenging to find a medication that can treat it. In recent years, several superbugs have been identified in the United States, ...
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Note Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million people in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Five percent of those people begin to experience symptoms in their 40s and 50s. “Memory loss is one of the most commonly understood symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Sarah ...
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Chest Flutter Signals Trouble

If you have been experiencing heart palpitations or a “flutter” in your chest, talk to your doctor about it right away: You could be at risk for stroke due to atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation occurs when the heart’s upper chambers, the atria, quiver instead of fully ...
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Low-Dose Flash Scanner is Quick and Easy

The state-of-the-art equipment in Saint Francis Medical Center’s Radiology Department has enabled doctors to obtain computed tomography (CT) scans of patients without exposing them to high doses of radiation. The Siemens Flash CT Scanner is a low-dose scanner that provides detailed images for doctors in a ...
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