Ashland Bellefonte Cancer Center

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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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Many types of cancer do not produce obvious symptoms or cause pain until the disease has progressed. Early-stage cancer symptoms tend to mimic less-threatening diseases. For example, difficulty urinating is a symptom of prostate cancer and flu-like symptoms are symptoms of acute leukemia. There are seven warning signs to watch for but it is important to note that just because you have a symptom that does not mean that you have cancer. Some symptoms are specific to certain types of cancer, it is important to note any changes. It is important to make an appointment with your physician to determine if further testing is needed if you have a symptom. Do not be afraid to discuss unusual symptoms to your physician. It could save your life!

The seven warning signs to watch for can be remembered by the word “caution”.

  • Change in bowel or bladder habits
  • A sore that does not heal
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • Thickening or lump in the breast or any other part of the body
  • Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
  • Obvious change in a wart or mole
  • Nagging cough or hoarseness

Certain cancers have specific symptoms. Below is what to watch for if you or a loved one suspect cancer.

  • Bladder & Kidney:  Pain & burning while urinating. Blood in urine and an increase in frequency of urinating.
  • Breast: Lump(s), thickening or any changes. An increase in redness, itching, and soreness that is not associated with menstrual periods, pregnancy, or breast feeding.
  • Cervical, Uterine, & Endometrial:  Unusual discharge, very painful periods, heavy periods, bleeding between periods.
  • Ovarian: Normally no apparent symptoms until the later stages of the disease.
  • Testicular:  Enlargement of a testicle, mild ache in the lower abdomen or groin, thickening of the scrotum, pain and discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum, & a sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum.
  • Prostate:  Constant pain in the pelvis, upper thighs, or lower back. Weak and interrupted urine flow. Frequent urination.
  • Colon: Changes in bowel habits such as frequent diarrhea or constipation. Rectal bleeding & blood in the stool.
  • Laryngeal:  Hoarse throat & persistent cough.
  • Lung: Sputum with blood, heavy chest, chest pain, & persistent nagging cough that does not go away.
  • Leukemia:  Bone & joint pain, fatigue, weight loss, loss of appetite, easy bruising, bleeding gums, repeated infections, & paleness.
  • Lymphoma:  Unexplained fever, itchy, night sweats, unexplained weight loss, enlarged & rubbery lymph nodes.
  • Mouth & Throat:  An ulcer in the mouth, tongue, or throat that does not heal or reappears.
  • Skin:  Moles that change color or size. Tumor or lump under the skin that never heals that might resemble a wart or ulceration.
  • Stomach:  Frequent & persistent heartburn after eating that never goes away. Weight loss and blood in vomit.

The discovery of any of these symptoms should be followed by a visit to your physician. Do not be afraid to see your physician, be concerned about not seeing your physician.

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• 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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