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Education and Resources

Pathology is defined by Merriam-Webster as: the study of the essential nature of diseases and especially of the structural and functional changes produced by them. A pathologist is a physician (Medical Doctor or equivalent degree) who specializes in how disease affects people on a microscopic, cellular, and molecular level.

Historically considered a “Doctor’s doctor”, pathology continues to play a critical role in the multidisciplinary approach of modern day medicine. When any tissue or body fluid is removed at a physician’s office, or in a hospital, this sample is given to a pathologist to examine, with the findings (diagnosis) issued in a pathology report. The pathology report helps diagnose cancer, manage chronic disease, and guides the doctor's treatment options for each patient. ​

MAWD Pathology Group has compiled a list of useful links below. These are provided as an educational tool and should not replace formal consultation with your health care provider.

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Patients count on pathology and laboratory medicine for accurate diagnoses and the consistent quality of their test results. Watch pathologists at work and see the stories of the patients who trust them with their care.

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 Medline Plus is a service provided by the NIH through the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Their online health information resource provides high-quality, relevant health and wellness information to patients and their families. 

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and applies that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. They offer resources on talking to your doctor, wellness, clinical research trials, and more.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts science into action to prevent disease and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when they arise. 

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1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The American Cancer Society provides basic information about cancer and its causes as well as in-depth information on specific types - including risk factors, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment options.

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The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has insight from board-certified dermatologists to help you take the best possible care of your skin, hair, and nails.

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The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) offers a GI Patient Center with resources written by specialists for patients to understand their condition or procedure.

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is your guide to women's health direct from the experts. Straight forward and easy-to-understand information is at your fingertips to help you in conversations with your ob-gyn and in decision-making about your health.

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The American Lung Association (ALA) empowers individuals to keep their lungs healthy by providing information about lung disease symptoms, causes, treatments, and more. In addition, the ALA offers a free help line to talk with a lung expert and a variety of support groups to encourage patients on their lung health journey.

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The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) resource center 'ENTHealth' offers information on prevention and management of ENT-related problems. You can learn about specific ENT conditions or explore articles and tips to stay ENT healthy.

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The American Thyroid Association (ATA) patient resource pages are designed to provide up-to-date information for thyroid patients, their families, and other interested public communities. They also offer Clinical Thyroidology for the Public, a monthly publication summarizing recent research.

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The American Urological Association and its Foundation offers free, evidence-based patient education materials on urologic health to patients, healthcare providers, and the general public. Information from conditions and treatments to surgical devices and more can be easily found in one place.