Category: Cancer

Thyroid Cancer FAQs with Dr. Mike Natter,
Millennial Endocrinologist

By: Melissa Schenkman, MPH, MSJ Two weeks after celebrating his 9th birthday, Mike Natter, MD, woke up in a strange hospital bed where a warm and empathetic pediatric endocrinologist explained to him that he had been rushed to the emergency room and had Type 1 Diabetes. That was 28 birthdays ago. Now Natter, an endocrinologist

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Dr. Mike Natter Answers Top Thyroid Cancer Questions

By: Melissa Schenkman, MPH, MSJ What’s it like to be young, healthy, and invincible, and suddenly diagnosed with thyroid cancer or another condition? While your doctor, nurse, or physician’s assistant can sympathize and understand from years of caring for patients, Mike Natter, MD, actually knows. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 9

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Life as a Thyroid Cancer Survivor: One Millennial, Vanessa Steil’s Story

By: Melissa Schenkman, MPH, MSJ What Is the Thyroid Cancer Survival Rate? When 26-year-old Vanessa Steil was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, the one thing she heard when she told people was: “Well, at least you got the good cancer.” In terms of survival rates compared to some other cancers, and depending on the type of

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Millennials and Ovarian Cancer: A Conversation with Morgan Gaynor, Ovarian Cancer Survivor and Advocate

By: Melissa Schenkman, MPH, MSJ What do you know about ovarian cancer? If you are a woman in your 20s, 30s, or early 40s probably not a lot. Maybe you’ve heard it’s something that postmenopausal women can get. True, but as Morgan Gaynor has learned just because its more common in people who are older

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Challenging Colorectal Cancer: How Millennials’ Ages, Health Profiles, and Our Healthcare System Complicate Diagnosis and Prevention from Primary Care to Gastrointestinal Specialist – What We Can Do to Change It

By: Melissa Schenkman, MPH, MSJ Why are millennials developing colorectal cancer when we live in a country with tests available to prevent it? Believe it or not, every day seemingly young and healthy people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s receive the life-changing news that they have colorectal cancer. In 2020, the most up-to-date data

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Colorectal Cancer and Millennials: Colon Polyps versus Colon Cancer – How Millennials Can Be Proactive

By: Melissa Schenkman, MPH, MSJ When I checked in for my first colonoscopy at age 38, the health journalist in me couldn’t help but ask the nurse this as my first question: “Am I the youngest person you’ve seen in the waiting room today?” She nodded her head and responded, “Yes, you are.” My response:

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Colorectal Cancer and Millennials:What to Be Aware of and Why Young-Onset Cancers Differ

By: Melissa Schenkman, MPH, MSJ What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “colorectal cancer”? For some in their 20s, 30s, or early 40s, the response is: “that’s an old man’s disease.” Not anymore. Over the past three decades, colorectal cancer has continually become a millennial disease too. Not because

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Millennials and Thyroid Cancer: A Conversation with Victoria Price, Television Journalist at 7News Boston WHDH TV

By: Melissa Schenkman, MPH, MSJ It’s often the unsung heroes in our lives that make our very existence possible. For millennials, this could not be truer. Although often unrecognized, it’s the efforts of millions of millennials every day providing essential services during the pandemic that has kept our country running. Much like millennials, while often

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10 Things to Know About Millennial Cancer Survivors, Patients, and Friendship

By: Melissa Schenkman, MPH, MSJ Cancer and millennials. It’s a combination that can be hard to fathom. But for some millennials and their friends, it’s a reality. While millennials are known for appearing young and healthy on the outside, there are many among us who are either currently undergoing treatment or who already hold the

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