Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic
More than 1 in 3 Americans are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. More likely than not, you or one of your loved ones knows someone who is currently living with cancer or has fought cancer in the past. Today, we are joining forces nationwide to stand up to cancer and fight for healthy, cancer-free lives for all.
What is cancer?
There are many different kinds of cancer that can affect different parts of the body. Generally, the word cancer refers to a disease where your cells divide very quickly, creating a mass or lump, called a tumor, in your body.
Tumors are masses of tissue that can spread into other parts of your body and harm them. Cancerous tumors are malignant, meaning they will spread throughout your body and are dangerous to your health. Click HERE to read more about how cancer develops and spreads.
Who gets cancer?
Anyone can develop cancer at any age, but it is more likely to develop at an older age. Almost 9 out of 10 cancer cases are diagnosed at age 50 or older. Some cancers are hard to prevent because they are genetic or because we don’t know yet what causes them. However, there are some things you can do to help avoid developing certain cancers. For example:
- Wear sunscreen
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco products
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
- Do eat healthy and exercise
- Click HERE to read more about reducing the chances of getting cancer when possible.
Are there different kinds of cancer?
There are hundreds of different kinds of cancer. The most common types of cancer are:
- Lung cancer
- Breast cancer
- Colorectal cancer (affecting the colon or rectum)
- Prostate cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Liver cancer
- Oesophagus cancer (affecting the throat)
- Cervix uteri cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Clicker HERE for a complete list of the most common types of cancer.
How is cancer treated?
Different cancers are treated in different ways. The three most common methods of treating cancer are:
In some cases, a clinical trial for cancer treatment can be an option. A clinical trial allows patients to take part in cancer research by using new and advanced medical sciences to treat their cancer. Stand Up to Cancer is an organization that supports clinical trials. Visit their website to learn more. Click HERE to view their website in Spanish.
Determining the right treatment plan depends on the type of the cancer, how advanced the cancer is and the patient’s overall health. Click HERE to read more about treating cancer.
How Chapa-De can help
Chapa-De offers cancer screenings for all patients. We encourage each of our patients to schedule a visit with your primary care provider and dentists at least one time per year. Our goal is to keep you healthy and to catch any issues early when they are easier to treat. Should your results require you to obtain a service we do not provide, we will help to coordinate your care with a specialist that will be able to provide care. For more information, please call our Auburn location at (530) 887-2800 or our Grass Valley location at (530) 477-8545 or visit us online at chapa-de.org.
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Chapa-De provides medical care, dental care, optometry, behavioral health, pharmacy services and much more.
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Chapa-De Indian Healthcare Auburn Grass Valley