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Posted: Sep 3, 2019

Important Cancer Screenings for Men

With Dr. Stephanie Cabello of First Physicians Group

Getting regular cancer screening tests helps men live longer, healthier lives. Find out which cancer screenings and health maintenance tests all men should consider as they age.

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Posted: Aug 9, 2019

Cervical Cancer & HPV Prevention ~ Ask An Expert

With SMH Gynecological Oncologist Richard Boothby, MD

All women are at risk for cervical cancer. But the disease is highly preventable, and when it’s found early, it’s highly treatable. To learn more about cervical cancer prevention and ways to screen for the disease, Healthe-Matters editors talked with Dr. Richard Boothby, a gynecological oncologist at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. 

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Posted: Jul 9, 2019

Helping Kids Cope with Loss

Written by SMH Palliative Care Medical Director Dr. Joelle Vlahakis

Whether it be the loss of a beloved pet, the loss of a friend who moves away, the broken heart of a teenager or the loss of a grandparent who has passed away, grief is very real for children and should be acknowledged. Parents feel obligated to act as guides for children, but when confronting a significant loss, it can be best to follow the child’s lead instead. Learn what grief can look like in children — beyond tears and sadness — and use these tips to help them cope with loss and death. 

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Posted: Jun 11, 2019

Beyond the BRCA Gene: The Latest in Genetic Testing

Written by SMH Certified Genetic Counselor Nicole Wood

Genetic testing for hereditary cancer continues to evolve thanks to evolving technology and a better understanding of the human genome. While scientists in 2012 basically looked for only two genes linked to higher cancer risk (BRCA1 and BRCA2), today's genetic tests can evaluate up to 47 genes at the same time. What does that mean for your family?

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Posted: Apr 23, 2019

HPV Vaccine ~ What Parents Need to Know

With First Physicians Group Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD

We spoke with pediatrician Dr. Jose Tavarez to get some answers about the HPV vaccine, who needs it and why. Although the US has offered human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations since 2006, misconceptions and misinformation persist. Check out Dr. Tavarez's Q&A to get the facts.

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