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Birth Control Learn about choosing the right birth control method for you. Some examples include the birth control pill, intrauterine device (IUD), patch, condom, or implant. Cancer Screening Learn more about breast cancer, colon cancer, or other types of cancer. Vaccinations Get vaccinations against the flu, human papillomavirus (HPV), and more. Health Screening Get screened for high blood pressure, diabetes, bone density for osteoporosis, and more. Depression Screening Depression is a common but serious illness. Depression can be mild, moderate, or severe. To diagnose depression,...


FAQ026, March 2017

What is a benign breast condition? A benign breast condition is one that is not cancer. These problems often go away on their own or are easily treated. Because a few benign breast conditions can increase your risk of getting cancer in the future, you may need to have follow-up tests or exams with your obstetrician–gynecologist (ob-gyn) or other health care professional.


PFS012, June 2016

What are opioids? Opioids are a type of medicine that relieves pain. Prescribed opioids include oxycodone, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, codeine, methadone, propoxyphene, and buprenorphine. These medications sometimes are called narcotics. Doctors may prescribe opioids for people who have had surgery, dental work, or an injury. Heroin is an illegal opioid drug.


FAQ171, February 2016

Pregnancy What is cystic fibrosis (CF)? What causes CF? What are the symptoms of CF? Is treatment available for CF? What are risk factors for CF? Can I be tested to assess whether I am a CF carrier? What does it mean if test results for one partner are negative? What does it mean if test results for one partner are positive? What does it mean if test results for both partners are positive? If both partners are positive, what follow-up tests are appropriate and what do they assess? What prenatal tests can be done to detect CF and other disorders? ...


FAQ178, April 2015

What is a screening test? A screening test is used to find diseases, such as cancer, in people who do not have signs or symptoms. This allows early treatment. The earlier cancer is treated, the greater the chance of survival.


PFS007, March 2015

Cancer is a complex disease thought to be caused by several different factors. A few types of cancer run in families. These types, called “hereditary” or “familial” cancer, have been linked to changes in genes that can be passed from parents to children. Changes in genes are called mutations. Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome is a type of familial cancer. It most commonly is linked to mutations in two genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2. Inheriting one of these mutations increases the risk of getting breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and other types of cancer. About 10% of cases of ovaria...


FAQ007, July 2014

What causes cancer? Cancer occurs when old cells do not die when they should or are damaged. Normally, the body repairs or destroys such cells. Sometimes, these cells may grow out of control. This causes growths or tumors to form. Tumors can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). Benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body. Malignant tumors can invade and destroy healthy tissues and organs. Cancer cells also can spread to other parts of the body and form new tumors.


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