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Don't Fry Day, Protect Your Skin From Skin Cancer

by GregP_WN

Friday, May 24th is "Don't Fry Day". A day set aside by the  National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention to encourage sun safety awareness. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention encourages you to protect your skin this Friday, and every day. Here are some tips to help you do that. 

Don't Fryday Protect Your Skin

Memorial Day is the traditional kick-off to the Summer fun season, and many people will be spending the weekend outside and perhaps getting their first sunburn of the season. Remember to protect...

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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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Mammograms - Are They Needed, And How Often?

by Jane Ashley

It’s difficult for women to keep up with the latest guidelines for the frequency of mammograms and at what age to begin. There are several organizations that make mammogram recommendations. All but one of these organizations agree that the safest and optimum age to begin having annual mammograms is 40.

Annual Mammograms

Who makes mammogram recommendations?

There are several cancer organizations that make recommendations on mammograms frequency. They include:
American Cancer Society
The National...

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MDS - What It Is, Symptoms and How It's Treated

by Jane Ashley

There is some confusion over what myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are – MDS used to be considered “pre-leukemia” or “smoldering leukemia.” In about one in three patients, MDS develops into acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a serious, fast-growing type of leukemia. Scientists and physicians once considered MDS as a blood disorder with a low potential for developing into cancer, but research now shows that it is a form of blood cancer.

35 People Daily Dignosed With Mds

What Is A Myelodysplastic Syndrome?

The National Cancer...

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Long Term Hormonal Therapy and Joint Pain

by Jane Ashley

Post-menopausal women who had hormone-positive breast cancer usually take an Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to help prevent a recurrence of their breast cancer. Post-menopausal women still produce estrogen — an enzyme called aromatase converts androgens (sex hormones produced by the adrenal glands) into estrogen. The AI (aromatase inhibitor) prevents this conversion to estrogen.

Post Menopausal Women

The AI is effective in reducing the chance of recurrence, but it puts women at higher risk for osteoporosis. The AI...

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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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Sorting Through The Confusion Over Leukemia Types

by Jane Ashley

Are you confused about leukemia? Patients and their families may be confused by their “official” diagnosis because it is contains three words and is often referred to by its acronym (an abbreviation of the first letters of the words in the name of an organization or disease – for example, NASA, ATM or COPD).

Leukemia Is Cancer Of White Blood Cells

What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is kind of cancer that originates in our bone marrow, causing abnormal white cells to be produced. Our bone marrow (the spongy, red tissue in our large...

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Cancer Steals a Smile, Ray of Sunshine, and Life

by GregP_WN

Last Tuesday, cancer stole another life. This one wasn't just another cancer patient, this one was a dear family member of ours. She was one of the sweetest people that could be found on earth. She was a beautiful young woman, mother to two great sons, wife to a fantastic husband, who will be missed dearly by all of her family and friends.

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We see new cancer diagnoses almost every week. All of us know of someone who has been diagnosed, either themselves, someone in their family, a friend or...

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Could a Second Opinion Save Your Life?

by Jane Ashley

We, as cancer patients, are often advised to get a second opinion. Yet, many of us don’t understand exactly what a second opinion is, how to get a second opinion and how a second opinion might benefit us. Second opinions are particularly important when we are first diagnosed or when our cancer recurs.

Confirm Your Diagnosis

Both my surgeon and my oncologist told me that if I ever had any questions about if a treatment or procedure was right for me that I shouldn’t hesitate to get a second opinion. They assured me...

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Coping With Fatigue After Cancer Treatments

by Jane Ashley

Everyone seems to realize that fatigue is a part of cancer treatment, but most of us assume that fatigue will go away soon after treatment. We hope and expect that we’ll get back to “normal” and that life will be just like it was before.

Yoga For Fatigue

But for many of us, the fatigue just doesn’t go away. Fatigue lingers, sometimes for years after treatment. For most of us, it gradually gets better … but we’re just never quite the same. We don’t have the stamina we once had.

Don’t feel guilty — it’s real....

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