According to the National Cancer Institute, Prostate cancer is a cancer that forms in the tissues of the prostate gland that usually affects older men. What is the prostate gland? From the Prostate Cancer Foundation: “The normal prostate is a small, squishy gland about the size of a walnut. It sits under the bladder and in front of the rectum…It seems to supply substances that facilitate fertilization and sperm transit and survival.” Prostate cancer affects 1 in 6 men, making it the most common non-skin cancer in America. There are a number of factors that can increase your risk of prostate cancer, including:

  • Age – More than 65% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over age 65.
  • Race – African-American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer and are 2.5 times more likely to die from the disease.
  • Genetics – You are twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer if your father or brother has the disease.
  • Geography – Living above 40 degrees latitude (north of Philadelphia for example) raises your risk of dying from prostate cancer due to inadequate sunlight, and therefore vitamin D levels, during the winter months.

Symptoms of prostate cancer vary from patient to patient. Common symptoms include frequent urination, difficulty urinating including weak or interrupted flow or painful or burning sensation, and blood in urine or semen among others.

What Help is Available?

We have many resources for prostate cancer listed on the NeedyMeds website. Our prostate cancer information page is the best place to start. This page lists

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Breast Cancer is a very serious condition that affects many women in America. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, “One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.” It is also the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, with over 220,000 women diagnosed annually in thde Unite States with an estimated 40,000 annual deaths. Breast Cancer also affects men, although it is more rare — “an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.”  Breast Cancer affects each patient differently — “Breast cancer can begin in different areas of the breast — the ducts, the lobules, or in some cases, the tissue in between.” There are also numerous types of Breast Cancer – non-invasive, invasive, recurrent, and metastatic. Luckily there are many programs available nationwide to help Breast Cancer patients pay for the costs of medicine, procedures, and more.

What Help is Available?

The first place to check for financial assistance with Breast Cancer costs would be our

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With the rise in popularity of smartphones developers have begun creating applications focused on health and medicine. There are now thousands of Apps out there, but which are worth downloading? In today’s blog post we are going to look at some free iPhone and Android apps we believe are worthwhile.  Know of a great healthcare app that we don’t have listed?  Let us know in the comments!

My Diabetes Home mySugars

My Diabetes Home has a great app for keeping track of your blood sugar. The mySugars app is simple, just post your blood glucose levels to the app each time you check them. This makes it easy to keep track of your blood sugar, and also to share the information with your doctor.  Available for iPhone and Android.

CDC Mobile App

The Center for Disease Control has released a number of Apps for iPhone, Android, and Windows phone. In addition to a triage app, Influenza app, and “Solve the Outbreak” app they have a great mobile app for finding health information. The CDC Mobile app

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