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    Winning the breast cancer battle

    By Dr. Olivia Hightower Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, excluding skin cancers. About one in eight U.S. women — approximately 12 percent — will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Early detection is key to improved survival rates. Annual mammograms and self-exams are important components of finding the disease […]

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    Think green!

    October has us all thinking pink, but did you know October is also Liver Cancer Awareness Month? Although liver cancer is relatively rare in the United States, it is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of liver cancer and one of the few cancers whose incidence […]

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    Resilience is in her DNA

    With a profound photograph — taken where their forebears had been enslaved — 15 Black medical students from Tulane University connected a painful past and a promising future. Among them was Sydney Labat — once awarded the “Miss PCHS” title and voted “Most Likely to Succeed” at Pass Christian High School. Now a third-year medical […]

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    Focused on the future

    Rachel Yarborough’s life has been saved several times over by strangers — everyday people who donated blood, umbilical cords and plasma. Without those precious gifts, Yarborough may have succumbed to one of two types of cancer she has fought since the spring of 2018. “I’ve been given the time I have by people who will […]

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    Leading the way

    Photography by Brandi Stage Portraiture Beating breast cancer one screening at a time Radiologist says we’re making headway against disease Dr. Lisa Smith has an urgent message for women everywhere: Mammograms save lives. “Breast imaging is very important, and I truly consider it a privilege doing what I love,” says the radiologist — a partner […]

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    Overcoming postpartum depression

    Katherine Strickland experienced post-partum depression as long days of feeling numb. “When I did feel emotion, it was extreme,” recalls the Gulfport resident, who is now a mother of two girls, 3-year-old Brailynn and 4-month-old Brooklynn. After delivering Brailynn, “I would look at my baby girl, and my heart would explode with love,” Strickland recalls, […]

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