13 Years Prostate Cancer Free: The Importance of Annual Screenings

By Drew Munhausen In the early 2000s, Jose Melgar was encouraged by his employer to get a yearly blood test to screen for prostate cancer. The test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood, a protein produced by cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate. Elevated levels of PSA could indicate prostate [Continue Reading]


June is Men’s Health Month: These Common Conditions Affect Many Men

By Evan Koch June is Men’s Health Month and knowing the top health issues for men could save your life or the life of someone you love. That’s why it’s important to understand the common health conditions and concerns that affect men – from low testosterone, prostate health and heart disease, to colorectal cancer, joint [Continue Reading]

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“I will not be afraid of the sun.” — Tackling Melanoma with Courage

By Meredith Whittemore On average, the Houston area has 204 sunny days.  For each of those days, Sabrina Farber has to tackle an inner battle against fear that her melanoma may return. “Once you’ve had a diagnosis of melanoma, it almost makes you afraid of the sun. One day I told myself, ‘Forget this. I [Continue Reading]


When Strep Throat Could Signal Something More Serious: Shelby’s Story

By Meredith Whittemore Strep throat. It was the diagnosis Shelby Boatwright received over and over. In fact, she was diagnosed with the illness eight times in the winter of 2017-18. It turned out to be the illness that helped her discover something much more serious: thyroid cancer. “I was tired of getting strep again and [Continue Reading]

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The Cancer Screening She Kept Putting Off Saved Her Life

By Meredith Whittemore Brenda Renner knew she was supposed to undergo a screening colonoscopy. She was 66 years old after all, older than the recommended age to begin screening, but had been putting it off, not wanting to undergo what she believed would be an uncomfortable ordeal. “Dr. Coonfield asked if I wanted to schedule [Continue Reading]

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