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Don't Say This to a Cancer Patient - Say This Instead

by Jane Ashley

We know that our friends, co-workers and family love us and want to help us, but sometimes, they don’t know what to say. They say something vague or insensitive without realizing that they missed the mark, and we end up feeling worse, instead of better.

Im Here For You

So … what are some of the things that we’d rather hear?

The truth is that the general public doesn’t understand what having cancer is like — all of the medical appointments, the anxiety of waiting for test results or the intensity of our...

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Prostate Cancer Facts and Statistics

by Jane Ashley

Almost 175,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate annually, making
prostate cancer the most common cancer in men (except for skin cancer). About 60 percent of
men diagnosed with prostate cancer are over the age of 60. Average age for diagnosis is 66.

One Out Of Every Nine Men Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is about 60 percent higher in African-American men than white men.
About 90 percent of prostate cancer is diagnosed when it is localized or has spread to nearby
organs (regional disease). Five-year survival...

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Alternative Vs. Complimentary Treatments For Cancer

by Jane Ashley

 It is disturbing that so much disinformation floats around about cancer treatment. Misinformation creates fear in many newly-diagnosed patients — they have heard “horror” stories about chemo and “terror” tales about radiation. Well-meaning friends and relatives buy books and forward emails about all sorts of “natural” cures, juicing, supplements or diets to cure cancer.

40 Percent Believe

How many people believe that alternative treatments cure cancer?

According to the American Society of Clinical...

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National Men's Health Week June 10th - 16th

by Jane Ashley

Did you know that June 10th through June 16th (Father’s Day) is National Men’s Health Week?

Mens Health Week Logo

What is National Men’s Health Week?

National Men’s Health Week is the week that leads up to Father’s Day each year — to focus on health issues that disproportionately affect men. Of course, there are the obvious health issues that men face … just because they are men. These issues include cancer of the prostate, testicles and penis. But other health issues affect more men than women. National Men’s...

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How to Make Your Home More Cancer-Patient Friendly

by GregP_WN

A family’s cancer journey can feel overwhelming. For caregivers, knowing how to balance your own needs while still providing the best possible care and support to your loved ones isn’t always easy. After taking care of our Parents our family learned some things to make life a little easier for both the caregivers and the patient. 

Cancer Patient Bathroom

Before a cancer diagnosis, most families just go about their daily routine with ease. However, after receiving a cancer diagnosis, families quickly realize...

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National Cancer Survivor's Day

by Jane Ashley

Did you know that Sunday, June 2, 2019 is OUR DAY? It’s National Cancer Survivors Day. For the last 32 years, thousands of cancer survivors across the world recognize their cancer history and connect with other survivors.

National Cancer Survivors Day Logo

National Cancer Survivors Day is not only a time for each of to reflect on our personal history with cancer — it’s also a day when we draw attention to one of the world’s most serious diseases. This is a day when we educate others about the challenges every cancer...

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What Are Stage 0 and Stage I Cancers?

by Jane Ashley

Patients and their loved ones may be confused about the diagnosis of Stage 0 or Stage I cancer. Is it really cancer if your doctor recommends “watch and wait?” Or others may wonder, “Do I really have cancer if it was removed surgically but I didn’t have chemo or radiation?”

Is Stage0 Really Cancer

What is Stage 0 Cancer?

While most kinds of cancer have 4 stages (Stage I through Stage IV), some cancers also have a Stage 0. Stage 0 is an early, localized cancer … referred to as cancer “in situ.” That is, cancer in...

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How to Cope With The Loss of A Loved One From Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Each person experiences grief differently — the loss of a loved one from cancer is particularly difficult. Spouses, parents, adult children and children still at home may go through several phases of grief once their loved one is diagnosed with cancer.

Simple Hug

And of all of the diseases, a cancer diagnosis is one of the most difficult medical situations that we must face. After the shock of our loved one’s diagnosis, we may be in denial for a few days, finding it difficult to believe that our...

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Measles Outbreak An Unseen Risk for Some Cancer Patients

by Jane Ashley

You may be wondering why we are talking about measles and cancer. But the recent measles outbreak reminds us that measles is a potentially dangerous disease was thought to have been eliminated in the United States.

Highly Contagious

History of the Measles Vaccine

Measles was first identified in recorded history in the 9th century by a Persian doctor. In 1757, a Scottish doctor (Francis Home) discovered measles was an infectious disease carried in the blood of patients.

In 1912, measles officially became a...

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April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

by GregP_WN WhatNext Editorial Team

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. Testicular cancer is an uncommon cancer. About 1 in every 250 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer. In the U.S., about 9, 560 men will be diagnosed with this cancer in 2019. About 400 men die annually of advanced testicular cancer.

Testicular Cancer Info Graphic

Every hour of every day of the year, a man hears the words – “You have testicular cancer.”

Testicular cancer is a younger man's disease, occurring mostly in men ages 15-34. It is most common in Caucasian men....

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