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True or False? If you’re young, you don’t need to worry about having a stroke. False, says Dr. Denise Miller with Menorah Medical Center. Age is just one of many myths surrounding stroke. Dr. Miller explains how knowing the facts can help you better identify the risks and maybe even save a life.

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Dr. Stephanie Graff, of Menorah Medical Center, says that a breast cancer diagnosis isn’t always black or white. She recommends getting a second opinion whenever there is doubt about the results of a breast biopsy. A second opinion is what led Hollywood actress Rita Wilson to have a double mastectomy after her previous tests turned out to show nothing at all.

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Knowledge is power when it comes to stroke. Knowing your personal risk factors and learning to quickly recognize the signs and symptoms, can save your life, says Dr. Lori A Boyajian-O'Neill with HCA Midwest Health. Here are some tips to reduce your risk. We also encourage you to take our free online stroke risk assessment.

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Laird’s expertise and strategic vision will continue hospital’s commitment of high-quality, compassionate healthcare to the community.

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Pastor Terry Green of Laurie, MO., might have avoided colon cancer had he gotten a colonoscopy when he turned 50. Instead he waited and ended up battling Stage IIIB colon cancer. Today he is cancer free thanks in part to his surgeon, Dr. Benyamine Mizrahi with Menorah Medical Center and the state of art technology, the daVinci Xi®.

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After testing positive for the BRCA gene in 2011, oncology nurse Kelly Boling at Research Medical Center – like Angelina Jolie - underwent a mastectomy and had her ovaries removed – a move that her doctor, Stephanie Graff, oncologist a HCA Midwest Health, says can reduce the risk of cancer by up to 85 percent.

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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Jennifer Feeback, Director of Clinical Research for Sarah Cannon HCA Midwest Health discusses the importance of clinical trials in the treatment of cancer.

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Over the past 20 years, deaths from colon cancer have been dropping, mainly because it is being detected earlier and removed before it turns into cancer. This is proof that early screening can make all the difference. Dr. Stilwill, of Menorah Medical Center, recommends that you begin testing at age 50 or 10 years prior to age in which the first-degree family member was diagnosed.

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Constant back pain began plaguing Shawnee realtor Cindy Nabors in her late 40s. Nabors’ back pain was diagnosed as spinal stenosis, a condition where the spaces in her spine have narrowed, causing pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. About 8 to 11 percent of the United States’ population has spinal stenosis and an estimated 2.4 million people have spinal stenosis by 2021, according to Dr. Glenn Amundson, orthopedic surgeon with the Kansas City Spine & Sports Medicine Center in Overland Park and Menorah Medical Center.

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Nancy Holland of Leawood is what most people would consider the picture of health. The 45-year-old wife and mother of two isn’t overweight, stays fit with exercise and has never smoked. But none of that mattered on Jan. 17 when Holland collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest while eating at Carma restaurant in Leawood.

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