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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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Can Life After Cancer Include Dating?

by Jane Ashley

Can life after cancer include dating?

Dating After Cancer

Of course it can — life after cancer should include living life to its fullest, including the development of deep and enduring relationships. Dating after cancer can be more complicated because you may have physical scars, long term medical issues and physical/sexual issues. But no one is perfect. Other people have health problems too.

What kinds of cancer survivors might be interested in dating again?

Well, almost any cancer survivor could potentially...

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Anal Cancer Awareness Day is March 21st

by Jane Ashley

March 21st is Anal Cancer Awareness Day. The anal passage is the lower end of our gastrointestinal system. The anus is located below the rectum and is about 1 to 1 inches long. Two strong muscles, called the anal sphincter muscles, open and close to allow stool to pass from our bodies.

Anal Cancer Ribbon

Anal cancer is relatively uncommon, affecting about 8,300 (2,770 men and 5,530 women) people in the U.S every year. Almost 1,300 deaths occur annually from anal cancer .

Risk Factors

HPV virus. HPV causes...

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The Value of Faith and Spirituality For People With Cancer

by Jane Ashley

A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 69 percent of cancer patients pray for their health. A 2015 study of over 32,000 cancer patients found that patients with a religious or spiritual belief system reported feeling better. The study was published in 2015 in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

Religions Of The World

Details of this report

Researchers and colleagues from Moffitt Cancer Center examined several published studies of cancer patients...

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Rare Disease Day - An Opportunity to Educate and Advocate

by Jane Ashley

Rare Disease Day, the last day of February every year, is a day to raise awareness of rare diseases throughout the world. We, at, hope to raise awareness of rare types of cancer on this day.

Rare Disease Day

What is the definition of a rare disease?

In the United States, a disease is considered rare if it affects less than 200,000 people at any one time. Europeans define a rare disease as one that affects less than 1 in every 2,000 people. Worldwide, there are at least 6,000 rare diseases.


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Are You Petrified Over An Upcoming Procedure?

by Jane Ashley

When we are diagnosed with cancer, many of us are shocked and stunned and yes, petrified over what our treatment will entail. As many of us have learned, cancer doesn’t always choose convenient places to occur. Many of the sites of our cancers are virtually inaccessible – 

John Wayne Quote

Tumors or cancer cells can be in the lining of our bladder, our brain, our rectum or anus, our throat, our breasts, a testicle or penis or an ovary or our bones. Melanoma, an aggressive skin cancer, can even appear...

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Tips For Traveling For Cancer Care

by Jane Ashley

Many of us will have to travel for all or part of our cancer care. We might live in a rural area, or we might have a rare cancer and need specialized expertise. It takes planning, money, and support from others to travel for cancer care. 

Bone Marrow Transplant

Planning and Logistics

There are many practical decisions that must be made when you travel for a second opinion or specialized treatment.

Method of transportation. The distance will probably be the determining factor. Perhaps, your travel distance...

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Giving Back After Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Many cancer patients want to “give back” after their treatment has ended. But we’re not always sure how to “give back” or where to start. Volunteering and/or helping others helps us recover, feel better and move on with our new life once treatment is done. There’s no right or wrong way to “give back.” Some do a project by themselves while others become part of an organization. Here are some meaningful ways to help others in the same battle that we’ve fought.

Giving Back After Cancer

Join an organization that...

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10 New Years Resolutions to Transform 2019

by Jane Ashley

The end of the year is a time of reflection for both cancer patients and cancer survivors. We reflect on what we’ve experienced and begin to think of the New Year and how we might make the coming year better. 

New Year's Resolutions

Many of us believe that life is sweeter after cancer. We’ve learned that we are stronger than we believed. We’ve also realized how fragile our hold on life can be. And so, under these circumstances, we begin to contemplate our New Year’s resolutions.

Don’t sweat the small...

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