Life & Health


March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Published on March 2, 2015 By Edward Balaban, DO, medical director, CANCER CARE PARTNERSHIP

Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in the United States, affecting both men and women.

To understand colorectal cancer, it’s important to know that the colon (also called the large intestine or the large bowel) is the muscular tube that forms the last part of the digestive tract. It absorbs water and stores food waste, and is four to six feet long. The rectum makes up the last 6 inches of the colon.

Colon and rectal cancer, often grouped as colorectal cancer, occurs when cells in the colon or rectum change and multiply at an exaggerated rate. These cells can then f...

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Occupational Health: Beyond Injuries and Investigations

Published on February 26, 2015 By Scott DeHart, MD, PhD, medical director, occupational health, Mount Nittany Physician Group

When you think of occupational health, what comes to mind? Is it an accident at a factory or a workers’ compensation claim? You might be surprised to know that although those situations are very important, occupational health is much broader than accidents and claims. It’s really about working with all sizes and types of businesses to keep workers healthy, following safety practices, preventing and treating health issues and keeping ahead of changes in the industry so people can stay working.

Healthcare for Half of Your Waking Hours

From offices to restaurants, from commercial...

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Annual Pink Zone game: one you don’t want to miss

Published on February 23, 2015 By Aileen S. Galley, ACSW, LSW, administrative director, Cancer Program at Mount Nittany Medical Center, former chair of the Pink Zone Committee

What does basketball have in common with breast cancer? The Penn State Pink Zone! On Sunday, March 1, at 2:00 pm, the Lady Lions will host their ninth annual Pink Zone game, honoring breast cancer survivors and those that care for them. It's an extraordinary day when the Bryce Jordan Center is filled with fans dressed in pink. For those of us that volunteer behind the scenes with year round fundraising, it's a true celebration of those efforts. 

Most of us know someone who has faced breast cancer. The American Cancer Society tells us a woman in the United States has a one in e...

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  • March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
  • Occupational Health: Beyond Injuries and Investigations
  • Annual Pink Zone game: one you don’t want to miss





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