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Cancer Sucks

Aug 03, 2016 08:50AM ● By Louisa Asseo

Bark for Life

By Louisa Asseo, Oasis Veterinary Hospital

According to the American Cancer Society, more than one million people in the United States get cancer every year. About half of all men and one-third of all women develop some form of cancer within their lifetimes. Sadly, cancer is not just a human disease; it significantly impacts our furry and scaly family members as well.

As a veterinarian, I see cancer almost daily in my dog, cat, small mammal, and even reptile patients. Some cancers lurk inside the body, while others boldly stare us in the face. They can be obvious, angry lesions or subtle, quiet lesions. Even a quiet looking skin mass can be a concern. 

Finding out what kind of cancer we are dealing with is incredibly important, and I cannot stress enough how important early detection is for achieving a favorable outcome. Sometimes these cancers are benign and minimal treatment is needed to cure them, but other times, we look towards more advanced treatment options. 

Thanks to advances in both the human medical field and the veterinary medical field, we can now offer a host of solutions. We are so fortunate to live in a community of collaborative care, with compassionate and talented oncologists, surgeons, and alternative medicine veterinarians just down the road.

Cancer has touched all of our lives in some way. Extensive research, especially over the past 20 years, has led to amazing progress in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment on all fronts, but there is still much we do not understand and a lot more to learn.

Bark For Life, Saturday August 13

The American Cancer Society Bark For LifeTM is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. For more than 65 years, the American Cancer Society has been finding answers that save lives - from changes in lifestyle, to new approaches in therapies, to improving cancer patients' quality-of-life. In fact, no single, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization in the U.S. has invested more to find the causes and cures of cancer.

Oasis Veterinary Hospital is honored to support this annual event! Please come join us from 9am to12pm on Saturday, August 13, at Pleasant Hill City Hall. We look forward to seeing you and your canine friends for some games, demonstrations, and contests.