Protect Yourself This Summer from Melanoma

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Melanoma is a form of skin cancer rated as the most dangerous form of cancer. The cancerous growth develops when there is damage to the un-repairable cells on the skin often caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun. This exposure leads to mutations or genetic defects resulting in malignant tumors.

The primary cause of melanoma cancer is mainly by intense, occasional ultra violet exposure that leads to sunburns, mostly occurring to those people who are genetically susceptible to the disease.

It is estimated that melanoma kills an estimate of about 10,130 people in the United States annually.

This type of cancer is easily curable if detected early, but can also lead to death if it advances and spread to other parts of the body becoming hard to cure.

Warning Signs of Melanoma Cancer

The common warning signs of melanoma are moles and brown spots and growth on the skin; if there are many moles on the skin, it can be a sure sign of the disease. Therefore, it is important to understand your skin so that you can identify the symptoms quickly before they can escalate. To recognize these early symptoms, here are the ABCDE signs you should know:

Asymmetry

If you draw a line through the middle of a harmless mole, the two sides will match but if the two sides of the mole do not match, that is asymmetrical, this could be a typical warning sign of melanoma.

Border

Another test to identify a melanoma is to check the borders of a mole. If the edges are uneven and appear notched, this could be a danger sign.

Color

If the moles are signs for early melanoma cancer, the color of the moles is always the same, often a single shade of brown but in some instances red, white or blue.

Diameter

Malignant moles are larger in diameter as compared to benign or harmless moles. Therefore, if you spot this sign, seek medical attention immediately.

Evolving

A mole that changes in shape, color or elevation is not an ordinary mole; it could be a sign of melanoma cancer. If you experience such, it is important, to seek further advice as it could be a sign of the disease.

If you believe you have any of the signs above, then please set up an appointment with CCS Oncology. We provide comprehensive cancer services using state of the art technology.
 
 
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We also recommend the blog Dear Melanoma for melanoma stories from people who have experienced it.

5 of the Most Common Types of Cancer

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In America, approximately 38.5 percent of men and women will develop cancer within their lifetime. Every year, there are over 1.6 million new cancer cases. Unfortunately, 595,690 people will succumb to the disease every year.

Currently, there are more than 200 types of cancer, each characterized by their particular abnormal cell growth and location. Many are luckily very rare.

According to the 2017 statistics produced by the American Cancer Society, the following is a list of the top five most prevalent cancers Americans risk facing today. The occurrences of these cancers among the U.S. population vary each year.

1. Breast Cancer

In 2017, Breast Cancer is estimated to be the most common cancer in the United States, with an approximated 255,180 women and men contracting the disease. Breast cancer is estimated to cause 41,070 deaths in the upcoming year. Though, this cancer is very rare in males with only 460 men dying each year, it is the most common cancer type for women.

2. Lung Cancer

Lung cancer reaches nearly as far reaching of an effect as breast cancer. Lung cancer, including Bronchus, has an estimated 222,500 new cases that wis predicted to occur this year, with over three times the number of deaths as breast cancer. In 2017, an estimated 155,870 people will die from lung cancer.

3. Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect men. Approximately 161,360 people were diagnosed with prostate cancer. An estimated 26,730 deaths from prostate cancer will take place in 2017. For men, prostate cancer is the third leading cause of death in America.

4. Colon and Rectal Cancer

Colon and rectal cancers are often grouped together as colorectal cancers. For 2017, an estimated 135,430 people will contract the disease. Many will not survive if they develop colorectal cancers. The estimated number of deaths for this type of cancer in 2017 is 50,260.

5. Melanoma

The estimated number of cases for Melanoma seems to increase every year. It’s predicted that in 2017, 87,110 people will develop some sort of melanoma. Luckily, melanoma has one of the lowest estimated causes of death in the list, predicted to only cause 9,730 deaths in the upcoming year.

Awareness of the most prevalent cancers can help educate people about prevention of these specific diseases. If you have questions or concerns please let us know.

CCS Oncology is Presenting Sponsor of Third Annual K.I.A. Memorial Road March

K.I.A. Memorial Road March is proud to announce that the third annual March will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015. The K.I.A. Memorial Road March is a 10K ruck march through Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, NY. The March was created to honor and remember the military members Killed In Action (K.I.A.) during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, Operation Inherent Resolve (OEF/OIF/OND/OIR). The March is a fun and challenging way to remember those members of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, including the 311 New York State Military Members K.I.A.

Participants will march in one of four categories – Individual, Team (2 Marchers), Squad (4 Marchers) or Platoon (10 marchers) while carrying rucks filled with canned goods. Participants will carry a minimum of 40-50 pounds of weight, depending on which category they march in. Those who are unable to carry the weight are still encouraged to sign up to participate and are asked to donate the amount of weight for their category.
Although designed with the military in mind, the K.I.A. Memorial Road March is open to all – current/retired military, first responders, civilians. The K.I.A. Memorial Road March raises funds to help support Veterans organizations in Western New York. Post-event all canned goods are donated to help Veterans in need.
For more information or to register please visit www.kiamemorialmarch.com

 

CCS Oncology Announces Partnership with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation’s “Cure the Blue” Program

Sam Yi, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and Executive Medical Director has announced that CCS Oncology, one of Western New York’s premier cancer treatment centers, has teamed up with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation and their “Cure the Blue” Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign

Dr. Yi, along with other physicians and professionals from CCS Oncology presented  the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation with a check for $50,000 in support of their Cure the Blue prostate cancer awareness, education and research program.DSC_1590

“We believe very strongly in what the Buffalo Bills Alumni is doing to bring attention to this serious issue of prostate cancer” said Dr. W. Sam Yi. “We commend them for their effort to help the general public and men in particular, to understand why they should get tested and how to get treatment for prostate cancer” explained Dr. Yi.

Buffalo Bills Wall of Famer, Booker Edgerson, who has spearheaded this campaign along with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation, has been promoting the “Cure the Blue” campaign all-year long to businesses and organization throughout Western New York.

“Having such an outstanding medical team like CCS Oncology joining our efforts and becoming the presenting sponsor of the Cure the Blue campaign, is something that will undoubtedly help us bring much greater attention to this disease” explained Edgerson, a two time prostate cancer survivor.

“Cure the Blue” is the name of the program sponsored by the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation that will allow all of New Yorkers to participate in what will be one of the greatest and most comprehensive efforts ever to help promote prostate cancer awareness, education and research in the state.  For more information about Cure the Blue or how you can donate please go to www.curetheblue.com.

First Tee of WNY to Provide Golf Experience for Inner City Youth at Historic Park Country Club

The 2015 CCS Oncology Kids First Golf Classic is set to be the largest turnout at the event in its 11-year history, and The First Tee of WNY prides itself on hosting an event that is different than the standard summer golf tournament. How is it different? The event has regularly incorporated its beneficiaries, the kids, into the fabric of the event at registration, in on-course activities, and speaking at dinner. Sponsors have the opportunity to interact with program participants, ask them questions and learn more about the influence of The First Tee. In the end, its about the kids!

This year, efforts were expanded to get additional kids involved. “Planning transportation and logistics with our new partners was one of the first steps this year. Raising money from the event is very important, but providing opportunities to the students, many new to golf, to learn more about the game and themselves, is also something we take very seriously,” says Chapter Executive Director Andrew Bennett.

20 students, ages 10-14 from the Chapter’s new partner organizations in Buffalo – the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, Westminster Community Charter School and Tapestry Charter School, will be attending and participating in a golf clinic at Park Club on May 18th from 10am-12pm. After the clinic, students will receive lunch on the patio at the club, as well as a First Tee shirt and hat.

Through support from the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation in 2014, Westminster Community Charter School adopted The First Tee National School Program (“NSP”) and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo adopted The First Tee’s DRIVE Afterschool Afterschool (“DRIVE”) Program into their respective curricula. Both programs promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Tapestry Charter school has also adopted The First Tee National School Program. The May 18th event is a great example of organizations collaborating to positively impact kids.

Bennett says, “We have a wonderful group of sponsors this year and with the kids coming to the event, it’s going to be a very special day. On behalf of our Board and event team, I’d like to recognize our Title Sponsor CCS Oncology, Presenting Sponsor Sgroi Financial, as well as ComDoc and Stahlka Insurance for their generous and continued support.”

Support for this year’s event reflects expansion efforts of the Chapter throughout WNY, including the development of programs in Tonawanda and Buffalo. The First Tee of WNY is focused on providing learning opportunities to young people from all backgrounds. Bennett believes, “Our programs offer a unique opportunity to bring kids together from all corners of our community to learn from each other and in the end, make our community stronger.”

About The First Tee

The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org) is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Augustine, Fla. at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 16 million participants and students in 48 states and four international locations – Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Singapore. Founding Partners of The First Tee are Augusta National Golf Club, the LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, and United States Golf Association.

The First Tee of Western New York is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and a local Chapter of The First Tee national organization. For more information please visit www.thefirstteewesternny.org.

CCS Oncology Receives the 2014 Innovation Award from the Amherst Chamber of Commerce

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce chose CCS Oncology as the recipient of the 2014 Innovation Award at their annual Business of the Year Awards Dinner. The innovation award recognizes a firm that goes beyond the industry standard to advance their product or service through the use of cutting-edge practices and/or strategic integration of technology.  The awards dinner took place on Monday, October 27, 2014 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.

2nd Annual KIA Memorial Road March

CCS Oncology is proud to support for the second year the K.I.A. Memorial Road March. The event will take place on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11:00AM at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park.

The K.I.A. Memorial Road March is a 10K ruck march through Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, NY. It is a fun and challenging way to remember those members of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

To date there are 306 service members from Western New York that have been K.I.A. in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Participants will march in one of four categories – Individual, Team (2 Marchers), Squad (4 Marchers) or Platoon (10 marchers) while carrying rucks filled with canned goods. Participants will carry a minimum of 50 pounds of weight, depending on which category they march in. Those unable to carry the amount of weight for their category are still encouraged to participate and march the route. Organizers ask that they consider donating canned goods and march with an empty ruck.

Although designed with the military in mind, the March is open to all – current / retired military, first responders and civilians.

The K.I.A. Memorial Road March raises funds to help support Veterans organizations in Western New York. Post-event all canned goods will be donated to help Veterans in need.

For more information or to register please visit www.kiamemorialmarch.com.