The Most Common Types of Cancer in the United States

Cancer is a disease that occurs when cells begin to divide abnormally in the body, invading and affecting the health of other organs and tissues. Abnormal cells may develop and divide in any part of the body, such as the skin, bones, organs, and blood-forming or immune system tissues. Cancer care and treatment aims to eliminate uncontrolled cell division and prevent the spread of cancer cells. 

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Skin Cancer

The most common form of cancer is skin cancer, affecting approximately one million Americans every year. Non-melanoma skin cancer is often caused by exposure to damaging UV rays from the sun, but may also occur following exposure to radiation or damaging chemicals. Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that often develops from an existing mole or grouping of melanin-forming cells that create pigmentation in the skin.

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer can occur in both women or men, though it is 100 times more likely to occur in women because they possess a larger amount of breast tissue. Cancer of the breast may begin in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple or the lobules that produce milk. Current statistics indicate that one in every eight American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer risk increases significantly with age, but may also be affected by genetic and lifestyle factors.

Colorectal Cancer

The colon is part of the large intestine. Cancers that form in the colon often arise in the cells that create and release fluids, and are called adenocarcinomas. In 2013, there have been 102, 480 new cases of colon and rectal cancer. 50,830 deaths have resulted from these forms of cancer. Screenings to detect cancerous polyps are recommended based on age and personal risk of developing this form of cancer.

At the JFK Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Institute, our dedicated staff will work with you and your family to provide answers, support, and state-of-the-art cancer care. We also provide cancer screenings including diagnostic mammography. Check out our website or contact us at (561) 548-3553 to schedule an appointment. 

Overview of Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery allows for movements and procedures that are more delicate and controlled than human hands can perform. The da Vinci robotic surgery system offers surgeons a fine level of control over a set of robotic arms that assist with surgical procedures.

This video gives a brief overview of surgery with the da Vinci system. The surgeon utilizes a control console that is connected to a bedside cart that contains four robotic arms. A high resolution endoscope provides surgeons with a magnified, three-dimensional image of the operative site.

At JFK Medical Center, we offer minimally-invasive robotic surgery to patients undergoing urological, thoracic, gynecological and general surgical procedures. You can find out more about our da Vinci system by calling (561) 548-3553. Visit us on the web for more information about the benefits of robotic surgery.

Simple Ways to Boost Your Heart Health

Cardiac disease is one of the most common afflictions among Americans today. You can boost your heart health and prevent heart disease by making a few simple, small changes in your everyday life. If you have questions about your personal needs and goals, talk to your cardiologist for a personalized treatment and health plan. 

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Improve Your Diet

Making changes to your diet can significantly improve your heart health. Begin each day by eating breakfast, which has been shown to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by nearly 30%. When enjoying sweets in moderation, consider eating dark chocolate—it contains antioxidants that improve heart health and lower blood sugar. Include heart-healthy foods such as leafy greens, asparagus, avocado, and omega-3-rich fish. Cut down on LDL cholesterol, which contributes to the formation of plaques that clog your arteries.

Reduce Stress

Stress has been linked with high blood pressure and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Taking steps to reduce stress in your life such as practicing relaxing activities like yoga can improve heart health and lower your risk for atrial fibrillation and high blood pressure. Getting enough sleep is also important for lower levels of stress and better heart health.

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise holds many benefits for the heart. Exercise strengthens the cardiovascular system, improving the efficiency of your heart and reducing your blood pressure. Physical activity helps you to lose or manage your weight, which also lowers your risk of developing heart disease. If you spend much of your time sitting for work or other activities, take a break every so often to walk around. Even a short walk can help to counteract the negative effects that prolonged sitting have on the heart.

JFK Medical Center specializes in cardiovascular care, neurology, orthopedics, and more to provide patients the highest level of care and support. Call (561) 548-3553 to find out more about our hospital and offsite ER facilities. Check out our blog to learn more about boosting your health!  

The Relationship Between Smoking and Lung Cancer

The Relationship Between Smoking and Lung Cancer - JFK Medical Center

It is well known that smoking increases the likelihood that an individual will develop cancerous tumors in the lungs. Factors that impact the risk of lung cancer in smokers include the duration of the smoking habit. The risk associated with the number of cigarettes smoked and the time an individual has been smoking is calculated in “pack-years.” This number takes into account the number of packs of cigarettes—totaling 20 cigarettes—smoked each day for one year. While quitting at any age will certainly lower your risk of lung cancer, cutting down on the number of cigarettes smoked may also help. Some studies show that women may be more susceptible to the carcinogens in cigarettes than men; thus women smokers may have a higher risk of developing cancer than men with the same smoking duration and habits.

If you need help quitting a smoking habit or have concerns about lung cancer, contact JFK Medical Center by calling (561) 548-3553. Visit our website for more important information about your health. 

Fields of Medicine that Have Benefited from Robotic Surgery

Medical procedures performed with the assistance of robotic arms are no longer a figment of science fiction. Robotic surgery allows your surgeon to exert a fine level of control over a set of robotic arms to complete a variety of minimally-invasive procedures. JFK Medical Center is pleased to offer surgery using a third-generation da Vinci robotic surgery system. 

Robotic Surgery


The field of gynecology has benefited greatly from the use of minimally-invasive surgical procedures. In the past, large incisions held higher risk for patients undergoing surgical procedures. Robotic surgery has offered patients surgical treatments for endometriosis, uterine fibroids, uterine prolapse, and cervical or uterine cancer using small incisions that cause less bleeding, trauma, and pain.


Urology surgery requires delicate techniques to avoid damaging the tissues of the colon, intestines, and urinary tract. The fine level of control afforded by robotic surgery is ideal for treating inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, and cancer of the colon, rectum, kidneys, bladder, and prostate.

Abdominal and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Robotic surgery allows surgeons to perform laparoscopic abdominal surgeries with greater dexterity and ease than the use of more rigid traditional instruments. Laparoscopic surgery procedures create smaller incisions and carry less risk of tissue damage, bleeding, and infection than open surgery procedures. Robotic surgery systems are also used to perform bariatric surgery, Heller myotomy to treat swallowing disorders, single-site robotic surgery and cholecystectomy.

Would you like to learn more about the benefits of minimally-invasive surgery with the da Vinci robotic surgery system? Call JFK Medical Center today at (561) 548-3553 to speak with a physician about your questions and concerns, or visit our website for more information about our services. 

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