Facts About Donating Blood to Help Cancer Patients

Individuals who are genetically pre-disposed to various types of cancers should have an abdominal cancer screening on a regular basis. Cancer screenings are the most efficient way to discover abdominal cancers before they spread. Early detection is vital because it increases a person"s chances of surviving after discovering a life-threatening disease.

Blood Donation
How Important Is Donating Blood?
When it comes to cancer, the entire body is at risk for a variety of health problems that can arise during the treatment of the disease. One of the biggest problems is that cancer and many forms of treatment have a dramatic impact on red blood cells and their ability to provide nutrients and oxygen to the body.
Blood transfusions help support the spleen by providing additional red blood cells to help transport vital nutrients and improve immune function.

Many people do not realize how important donating blood can be. For someone who is fighting cancer, having blood transfusions can be a life-saving procedure. In most cases, it isn"t just the cancer that depletes a person"s viable blood supply. The treatments can also reduce both red and white blood cell counts. There are many people who have rare blood types and their blood is in high demand. Individuals who have uncommon blood types and donate blood on a regular basis are providing others with the same blood type a very real chance for survival.

The Benefits of Early Screening

Early abdominal cancer screening offers a multitude of benefits. Scheduling regular screenings like mammograms, colonoscopies and prostate exams can catch cancer in its earliest stages. An abdominal screening can detect cancer in various organs including:

  • Kidneys
  • Bladder
  • Stomach
  • Intestines
  • Pancreas
  • Liver

Early detection screenings give doctors a chance to contain the cancer and keep it from spreading throughout the body. Blood donations are used during this time to help build the immune system and provide tissues with the oxygen and nutrients they need to remain healthy and cancer free.

Woodbridge Walk-In has partnered with Longevity to offer early detection screenings as so you can be proactive about your health! Book an appointment to have an early detection screening by filling out the form here.

 

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Peter Kim, MD

Dr. Kim,  is the Medical Director of Family Care Centers, Former Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Hoag Hospital, and a recipient of the Physicians of Excellence award from the Orange County Medical Association. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and has been practicing in our community for over 20 years. He is an excellent, caring, and well­qualified physician who is dedicated to providing you with superior health care. A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from UCLA and received his medical training at the LAC­USC Medical Center. After completing his residency in Family Medicine, he accepted a sports medicine fellowship at San Jose Medical Center, an affiliate of Stanford University. He enjoys working with patients and families who are training or want to get back into an active lifestyle. Review Dr. Kim on: Facebook Google+ Yelp WebMD


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