What was originally thought to be a common, benign tumor turned out to be something that is diagnosed in only 1% of all cancer patients. Chris Cotton, a social worker in Weld County, was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma on June 3rd after having his fatty tumor on his thigh biopsied. These types of tumors are deceiving because they do not inhibit the person’s physical abilities and they cause virtually no pain. However, in rare cases, these tumors can be cancerous and potentially fatal. After his diagnosis, Chris was told that he would need the tumor removed. After having a majority of the tumor surgically removed, Chris was later referred to Dr. Ronald Hugate, an orthopedic surgeon at The Denver Clinic at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center who specializes in dealing with this rare type of cancer. Dr. Hugate extended the margins around Chris’ tumor to preserve the healthy tissue from becoming potentially cancerous. After Chris’ second procedure, he has a positive outlook on his condition. Chris encourages everyone to be aware of these types of tumors and to get them checked out, even if they don’t appear to cause any problems. July is Sarcoma Awareness month, and Chris shows that awareness is the most powerful tool to keep dangerous cancers like sarcoma from causing fatal harm.
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Patients taking Viagra are less likely to suffer a heart attack, new research claims.
Men taking the impotence drug were found to have a lower risk of having a heart attack or dying from heart failure than those not on the medication.
The findings mean Viagra could soon be used to treat hundreds of thousands of heart failure patients and even prevent fatal heart attacks, scientists say.
Experts from the University of Manchester studied 6,000 diabetic patients who had been given Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction.
The drug relaxes muscle cells in the blood vessels supplying the penis, allowing more blood to flow there.
This increased blood flow increases the likelihood of getting an erection.
Given the increasing reports of deaths in which the use of Viagra may be implicated, clinicians need to exercise caution when advising their patients with heart
Experts believe a key ingredient in Viagra called PDE5i, which relaxes blood vessels, also prevents damage to heart cells.
Heart failure is caused by the heart failing to pump enough blood around the body at the right pressure.
It most often occurs because the heart muscle has become too weak or stiff to work properly and is usually treated with medication which supports the heart.
Despite diabetics being prone to heart problems, the study participants did not suffer as many incidents as similar patients not on the drug.