Ashland Bellefonte Cancer Center

(606) 836-0202

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Important Notice to Patients Regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak

We remain OPEN to provide care for our patients. For the health of our patients, we are asking for patients to come to their appointments alone, if possible. We are also checking all patients’ temperatures when entering our clinic.

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Cancer cells will begin to develop because of damage to DNA. DNA is a substance in every cell that directs all activities. Normally when DNA is damaged the cell will either die or the DNA will repair on its own. With cancer cells the damaged DNA is unable to be repaired. In some cases people can inherit damaged DNA which accounts for inherited cancers. A person’s DNA is more likely to become damaged because of exposure to environmental factors such as smoking. Cancer normally forms as a tumor. In some cancers such as leukemia, tumors do not form. Leukemia forms cancer cells that involve the blood and blood-forming organs and circulate through other tissues where they grow. Not all tumors are cancerous. Tumors are classified as either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body (metastasize) and with very rare exceptions are not life-threatening.Metastasis is the process where cancer cells often travel to other parts of the body where they will begin to grow and replace healthy normal tissue. This occurs as the cancer cells get into the bloodstream or lymph vessels of the body. When the cells from a cancer like lung cancer spread to other organs like the liver, the cancer is still called lung cancer, not liver cancer.

Cancer is different depending upon the type. For example, lung and breast cancer are very different diseases. Each grows at different rates and responds to different treatments. For this reason, it is important that people with cancer need treatment that is aimed at their particular type of cancer.

The second leading cause of death in the United States is cancer. Approximately half of all men and one-third women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetimes. Today there are millions of people that are living with cancer or have had cancer. The risk of developing most types of cancer can be reduced by changing lifestyles such as eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and quitting smoking.

Today there are many treatments available that are increasing the cancer survivor rate. The earlier that cancer is found, the sooner treatment will begin, and the chances for living for many years are increased.

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Family Medical Centers of Lawrence County, OHOPEN NOW until 6pm: testing is available free of charge.

• October 21 – Pick N Save Parking Lot – 1113 Ironton Hills, Ironton, Ohio

T he Ironton-Lawrence County Area Community Action Organization (ILCAO) Family Medical Centers has partnered with the Ohio National Guard to provide COVID-19 drive-up testing.

Testing results normally take two-three days and will be accessible to individuals via an online portal when the results are final. Assistance will be provided for those unable to access the portal due to lack of devices and/or Internet availability.

For more information on dates of testing, please call 1-888-217-2202.

Gary Roberts, Family Medical Centers’ Director of Operations, stated, “We are very pleased to collaborate with the National Guard, Ohio University Southern, the Proctorville Fair Ground, and the local Pick N Save to bring this much-needed testing to our community. This kind of cooperative testing and tracing is a key factor in helping to battle this virus,” he continued.
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