Apr 27, 2022

Current or Former Smoker? Get Screened for Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in the United States and most symptoms don't show up until it has spread. The key is catching it early. Huntsman Cancer Institute pulmonologist Chakravarthy Reddy, MD, describes a standard screening procedure and explains how important they are in spotting and possibly preventing lung cancer.

Mar 15, 2022

Myths and Facts about Colonoscopies

I don’t need a colonoscopy. It’s too expensive. It’s humiliating. Is it going to hurt? There are many myths about colonoscopies, but the experts at Huntsman Cancer Institute are here to tell you the facts.

Mar 01, 2022

Providing Access to Lifesaving Cancer Screenings Near & Far

Access to health care is a growing issue, especially in the Mountain West. Huntsman Cancer Institute wants to eliminate economic, social, cultural, environmental, and geographic disparities through partnerships that improve community health. Learn more about some of these initiatives, like breast and colorectal cancer screenings.

Jan 28, 2022

Lung Cancer Screenings at Huntsman Cancer Institute

If you smoke and are over 50, you should talk to your doctor about a lung cancer screening. Chakravarthy Reddy, MD, describes how a low-dose chest CT scan could be the right choice for you.

Dec 21, 2021

Scientists Research New Device to Diagnose Skin Cancer

Detection of skin cancer relies on visual examination, making it hard to reliably determine the skin cancer subtype and its extent of invasion into the skin. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute have developed a potential new device to diagnose skin cancer using an electrical current.

Nov 19, 2021

What to Know if You’re Nervous about Mammograms

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancers diagnosed in women, yet many women still get anxious when it comes to getting a mammogram. Here, we outline what a mammogram is and walk through a typical appointment.

Oct 20, 2021

Will a Mammogram Work for Me? FAQs about Small Breasts, Dense Breasts, and Implants

If you have small breasts, dense breasts, or breasts with implants, you may wonder whether a mammogram will work for you. Huntsman Cancer Institute breast radiologist Phoebe Freer, MD, explains what you need to know about mammograms for these breast types.

Oct 15, 2021

Can I Afford Genetic Testing for Cancer Risk?

Genetic testing can help you find out if cancer runs in your family. Many think genetic testing is expensive, but genetic testing costs are relatively low and may even be free for some patients.

Oct 11, 2021

Ask an Expert: Ductal Carcinoma in Situ

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is considered the earliest form of breast cancer. Kirstyn Brownson, MD, a surgical breast oncologist at HCI, and Phoebe Freer, MD, a radiologist at HCI, share their knowledge and expertise about the disease, its symptoms, and possible treatments.

Sep 15, 2021

Uterine Cancer Risk Factors, Screening, and Treatment

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Cancers Program provides comprehensive, compassionate, state-of-the-art care for cancers of the female reproductive organs. Our experts treat and diagnose all types of these cancers and conditions.

Sep 01, 2021

45 Is the New 50 for Colorectal Cancer Screening

As research is showing a trend in higher incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer in younger adults, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force released new guidelines to be screened for colorectal cancer at age 45 instead of 50.

Aug 27, 2021

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Take a Tongan language tour through Huntsman Cancer Institute’s giant inflatable colon to learn about colorectal cancer. HCI experts show what a healthy colon looks like and how colorectal cancer and other diseases begin. They explain how you can prevent colorectal cancer through healthy lifestyle habits and regular screening.

Aug 25, 2021

Cancer Survivorship and Genetic Testing

Everyone has a different cancer story. Genetic testing is a way to help yourself and your family gain a better understanding of the disease. Screening improves treatment options and informs your loved ones of possible issues in the future.

Aug 17, 2021

Living with Lynch Syndrome: A Pageant Queen Raises Awareness

When Stephanie Griffin learned she had Lynch syndrome—an inherited condition that increases the risk for certain cancers—she entered beauty pageants to have a platform where she could raise awareness. Stephanie shares what it’s like living with Lynch syndrome and why she wants to take the taboo out of colonoscopy.

Aug 02, 2021

Community Initiative Aims to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

With colorectal cancer cases growing in rural populations and among the Pacific Islander community, Huntsman Cancer Institute is taking part in a new initiative. The Screen to Save program aims to increase colorectal cancer screening rates for both at-risk groups.

May 19, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Statement on Colorectal Cancer Screening

Huntsman Cancer Institute now recommends all average-risk adults start colorectal cancer screening at age 45. The new recommendations are based on a rigorous evaluation of existing peer-reviewed evidence.

Apr 01, 2021

Cancer Doesn’t Pause in a Pandemic

Cancer diagnoses have gone down during the COVID-19 pandemic—but that doesn’t mean cancer incidence has gone down. Doctors are concerned many cancers are going undiagnosed or untreated as people postponed or canceled routine screenings. They urge everyone to keep up with screening appointments so that cancer can be found early, when it is easier to treat.

Mar 24, 2021

Recorrido por la exhibición de cáncer de colon con expertos del Huntsman Cancer Institute

Haga un recorrido por el gigante colón inflable de Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) para aprender sobre el cáncer colorrectal. Los expertos de HCI muestran cómo se ve un colon sano, cómo comienza el cáncer colorrectal, y otras enfermedades. Explican cómo se puede prevenir el cáncer colorrectal a través de hábitos saludables y exámenes de detección regulares.

Mar 24, 2021

Tour of Colon Cancer Exhibit with Huntsman Cancer Institute Experts

Take a tour through Huntsman Cancer Institute’s giant inflatable colon to learn about colorectal cancer. HCI experts show what a healthy colon looks like and how colorectal cancer and other diseases begin. They explain how you can prevent colorectal cancer through healthy lifestyle habits and regular screening.

Mar 02, 2021

Adults Take Action and Schedule Health and Cancer Screenings

Huntsman Cancer Institute experts are urging people to make sure they are up to date on their cancer screenings. This message follows national trends indicating far fewer cancers diagnosed in recent months as compared to prior years. Doctors are alarmed, as there is no evidence to suggest fewer cases of cancers; rather, it is believed that cancer diagnoses are down as many individuals or organizations canceled or postponed health appointments, including cancer screenings, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb 22, 2021

COVID-19 and Mammogram Breast Cancer Screening: What You Should Know

Dr. Phoebe Freer, a radiologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute and chief of breast imaging in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at University of Utah Health, provides insight on breast cancer screening and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Feb 22, 2021

How to Know if You Need Extra Cancer Screening

Most people should follow the general cancer screening guidelines recommended by Huntsman Cancer Institute experts. But for some people with additional risk factors, such as a family history of cancer or exposure to cancer-causing substances like tobacco, these general recommendations may not be enough. Learn why cancer screening is so important and how to find out if you need to follow a different screening plan.

Jan 20, 2021

Theresa Werner, MD, on the Importance of the HPV Vaccine and Cervical Cancer Screening

Did you know cervical cancer can be prevented? The HPV vaccine prevents against infection from the human papillomavirus. This common virus can lead to cervical cancer as well as penile, anal, vulvar, vaginal, and head and neck cancers. HCI gynecologist-oncologist Dr. Theresa Werner talks about the importance of getting the HPV vaccine, which is recommended for boys and girls starting at age 11 to 12.

Jan 04, 2021

Doctors Urge Utah women Not to Delay Mammograms Because of the Pandemic

COVID-19 has had a major impact on health care delivery this year. In spring 2020, as part of the extraordinary precautions designed to keep people safe, certain medical appointments were postponed. These included cancer screenings such as mammograms. Phoebe Freer, MD, a radiologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute, is leading efforts to help women get access to lifesaving mammography screenings. Her team has worked to implement a variety of safety protocols to help keep patients safe

Oct 27, 2020

Nine Tips for Your Screening Mammogram

Most women should start getting a screening mammogram at age 40, according to the American Cancer Society. If you have family history of breast cancer or are high risk, your doctor may recommend this important screening at a younger age. And while a mammogram is crucial to your health, it’s probably not the most exciting thing on your calendar. Here are a few tips to make your appointment go more smoothly.

Sep 30, 2020

My Mammogram Saved My Life

Jessica Rivera doesn't have any family history or risk factors for breast cancer. But when she turned 40 she scheduled her first screening mammogram, never expecting the results to come back positive. Jessica hopes to help other women by sharing her story and urging them to get their mammograms. “Cancer is still happening. It doesn’t care that we have a pandemic. I wish it did because we all feel like we have a full plate right now. But I believe with all my heart that my mammogram saved my life. Get your mammograms. Regardless.”

Aug 20, 2020

What Does That Word Mean? Understanding Cancer Screening Terms

When you get a cancer screening, you may hear your doctor use phrases and words that are new to you. If you don’t know what they mean, it can be hard to understand what’s happening when you get one of these tests. This list explains the meaning behind commonly used cancer screening terms.

May 28, 2020

When Should I Talk to a Doctor about Skin Changes?

Skin changes as you age. Freckles, wrinkles, sun spots, and moles can look different over time. So how do you know when to see a doctor?

Apr 27, 2020

How a 25-Year-Old Utah Man Found Out He Had Colon Cancer

Jeff Winegar, a patient at HCI, was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 25 after noticing he was using the bathroom more than his pregnant wife. Winegar delayed a doctor’s visit until their baby was born; it was his wife who finally convinced him to go. When he did, his doctors recommended a colonoscopy. "Getting a colonoscopy turned out to be a huge blessing for me because that’s when they caught the tumor."

Mar 25, 2020

Reducing Your Colon Cancer Risk

Each year around 145,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 die from it. The good news is that colorectal cancer is highly preventable through screening. And you can lower your risk for developing the disease by making some lifestyle changes.

Mar 01, 2020

Taking HCI-Quality Care on the Road

In fall 2019, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) unveiled the Cancer Screening and Education Bus. This stateof- the art mobile clinic brings HCI’s expertise and the latest screening technology to residents across Utah, including those who live in distant areas and rural communities. This new service affirms HCI’s commitment to addressing the cancer-related needs of our state.

Mar 01, 2020

Llevando la atención de calidad de HCI a la calle

En otoño de 2019, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI por sus siglas en inglés) presentó el autobús de detección y educación del cáncer. Esta clínica móvil de última generación lleva la última tecnología de detección y experiencia de HCI a los residentes en Utah, incluyendo aquellos que viven en áreas distantes y comunidades rurales. Este nuevo servicio afirma el compromiso de HCI al abordar las necesidades relacionadas con el cáncer en nuestro estado.

Apr 24, 2019

How Our Researchers and Physicians Work to End Health Disparities

To recognize National Minority Health Month, we spoke to two of our staff about their on-the-ground work to address health disparities, and why they value diversity in cancer research and care.

Feb 13, 2019

I’m Worried I Have Cancer. What Do I Do?

When you notice something with your body has changed, like a new mole or a lump, you may be worried that it’s cancer. What do you do next?

Oct 25, 2018

More Than A Mammogram

Most women have about a 10-12% lifetime risk of getting breast cancer. But how do you know if you have a higher-than-average risk? Huntsman Cancer Institute now offers personalized breast screening visits, which help you find out your own risk for breast cancer. This helps you decide if you need to screen for breast cancer earlier than average, or if you need to take extra steps to lower your risk.

Oct 18, 2018

Shedding Light on the Complex World of Prostate Cancer Treatment at the 2018 Cancer Summit

Many men feel overwhelmed by options when deciding how to treat their prostate cancer. To educate community members on this complex topic, Huntsman Cancer Institute joined our affiliate hospital St. John's Medical Center at the 2018 Cancer Summit to discuss advances in prostate cancer diagnosis and care.

Feb 15, 2018

Lowering Your Risk of Developing a Second Cancer

Everyone, including people who have already had cancer, can lower the risk of developing certain types of cancer. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, these tips may lower your risk of developing a second cancer.

Oct 01, 2017

Mammograms Save Lives: What Women Need to Know about Breast Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October is a reminder for women to get to know their bodies, practice awareness, and schedule a screening mammogram to check for breast cancer.