Oncology from Top to Bottom

If you are looking to work in the medical field, cancer is something you will be forced to face on a regular basis — especially considering that the incidences of cancer are rising, and currently the likelihood of contracting cancer in your lifetime is 1 in 2.

The latest video from the Foundations for Future Healthcare Providers series takes a look at oncology, specifically cancers within the gastrointestinal tract.

Dr. Andrew Ko, from the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, specializes in gastrointestinal cancers and says that there are many different types, just about as many different types of gastrointestinal cancers as there are different gastrointestinal organs. The most dangerous and most prevalent of these gastrointestinal cancers is colorectal cancer, which is ranked #3 in incidence and in cancer-related mortality amongst all cancers in general.

Find out more about just how different and deadly these types of cancers are in “Oncology from Top to Bottom: A Survey of Cancers through the Gastrointestinal Tract

See what else you can learn from the Foundations for Future Healthcare Providers series!

Skin Cancer Treatment and Prevention

Have you been wearing sunscreen this Summer? Sunburns might not be so bad, but the damage done to your skin can turn into something much more deadly.

Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and is the number one cause of death from skin disease. It accounts for 5% of all cancer cases in men and 4% of all cancer cases in women.

According to medical oncologist Gregory A. Daniels, MD, PhD, the Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at UC San Diego School of Medicine, the lifetime probability of developing Melanoma, is 1 in 36.

Unfortunately, the incidences of this disease are increasing. One hundred years ago, Melanoma was not a common problem. At that time, Daniels says the probability of developing Melanoma was more like 1 in 1,000 or even 1 in 1,500.

Watch “Skin Cancer Treatment and Prevention – Research on Aging” to find out why incidences of Melanoma are increasing and what you can do to treat or prevent this disease.

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Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment – A Surgeon's Perspective

If you or someone you love is concerned about or dealing with breast cancer, don’t miss “The Latest in Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment” from UC San Diego’s Stein Institute for Research on Aging.

In her informative talk, Dr. Anne Wallace, chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery and director of the UC San Diego Breast Care Unit, gives an overview of the risk factors for breast cancer and discusses how you and your doctor can manage those risks. She also gives a surgeon’s perspective on breast cancer screening and new treatments on the horizon.

Watch “The Latest in Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment” online now or premiering tonight, November 8, at 8pm on UCSD-TV.

Screening for Colon Cancer

Screening for colorectal cancer saves lives.

Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it.

In the latest edition of UCSD-TV’s Health Matters, premiering October 18 at 8pm and online now, host David Granet welcomes gastroenterologist Dr. Tom Savides, UC San Diego Professor of Clinical Medicine, to discuss when to begin screening, the various tests available, and what to expect.

Colon Cancer Screening — Health Matters