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National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (April 14-20)

by GregP_WN

April is National Oral, Head and Neck Awareness month; the week of April 14-20th is specifically dedicated to raising awareness for these cancers. Commonly these types of cancer may seem more rare, but approximately 50,000 people are diagnosed with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer every year in the United States. The month of April is dedicated to raising awareness and providing people with the information and resources they need to get screened and learn more about the symptoms and risk factors of...

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Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

by GregP_WN

Did you know that April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness month? Throughout the month of April, the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association (ECAA) is promoting community events to raise awareness for cancer of the esophagus. It is ECAA's belief that earlier detection of the disease can save thousands of lives each year.

Esophageal Awareness

Esophageal Cancer (EC) has a strong 1, 2 punch. EC is one of the fastest growing cancers by incidence and is a top-3 most deadly cancer in the US. According to the National...

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Can Food Affect Genetic Makeup? Previvors, Genetic Testing and Diet

by GregP_WN

Guest Blog by: Kendall Scott, CHHC

“PREVIVOR” is a term used to describe those who have an increased risk for developing cancer due to close family history or due to certain genetic mutations, like mutations of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, but who do not have a cancer diagnosis. My friend and coauthor, Annette Ramke, carries the BRCA1 gene, which you’ll read about in her story in our book, Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen.

Kendall Scott Photo

In 2007 Time magazine chose “previvor” as number three of the top buzzwords...

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Lira'sGirl33 Stays Positive In The Fight With Stage IV Cervical Cancer

by GregP_WN

I was diagnosed in January 2012 at age 33 with stage 3 cervical adenocarcinoma. I have gone through surgery, internal and external radiation and chemotherapy. After going through treatment I found out that the cancer had metastasized to my lungs turning it into stage 4. This certainly was not the result I wanted to hear but I am determined to continue fighting this disease.

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 Lirasgirl33

 So far so good! Treatment is shrinking the cancer and I'm happy and enjoying life. Treatment...

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What One Word Will Carry You Through This Year?

by GregP_WN

In early December for the last 41 years or so, I’ve search out a single word or phrase that will help guide and direct me in the year ahead - hopefully keeping me on track! It’s a handy tool I use for personal accountability. I call it my “compass phrase”.

Care Speaking At Relay
"Keep climbing"…… my compass phrase for 2013. I will post these words in various places – on post-it notes in my office, one inside my side of the medicine cabinet, written on a slip of paper in my wallet, or make a book-marker with the...

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Speaking out for Colorectal Cancer Awareness

by Terri Griege

As an endurance athlete, I developed the ability to push through obstacles to reach a goal. I’ve completed marathons and triathlons, and even the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Yet the biggest obstacle – the one that has had the greatest impact on my life – was largely avoidable. That obstacle is colon cancer.

Teri Griege Survivor

Terri Griege - Stage 4 Colon Cancer Survivor, Iron Man Endurance Athlete 

Colon cancer has a wide range of symptoms that don’t always point to cancer – particularly...

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Why I Hate Cancer

by GregP_WN

All I have to do is look at the television to see the children that are in the hospitals who are dealing with cancer as babies and tiny children. I also know people who have dealt with cancer as teenagers and I just read many articles about the increasing numbers of those in their 20’s who are being diagnosed with breast cancer, in particular. That doesn’t even begin to address the new cancer patients who are in their 30‘s and 40‘s and way beyond. The numbers are becoming staggering and I don...

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HEALING BODY AND MIND WITH MEDITATION

by GregP_WN

My Introduction to Meditation

As a child, I was an overly nervous, shy creature. If I had to get up in front of a class and read a book report, I would become physically ill with debilitating stomach cramps and nausea. My experience with nerves and anxiety made me aware of the mind’s power over the body at an early age, but I had no idea what to do about it!

Marnieclark

I first became acquainted with meditation during yoga classes when in my 40’s. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with breast cancer in...

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Roller Coaster Ride

by GregP_WN

During chemo, you join an elite group that enjoys a camaraderie that many hope not to ever have to know. You get to know people by how far along in their treatment they are by the amount of hair they have on their head or if they have eyebrows or eyelashes. You can tell what kind of week they have had by the color of their skin – is it jaundice yellow? Is it pale and accompanied by sunken cheeks and black circles under their eyes? 

Care Speaking At Relay

Care speaking at Relay For Life

You can tell how they...

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TASTY FOOD OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DRY MOUTH FROM CANCER TREATMENTS

by GregP_WN

Cancer treatments like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and some cancer medications can cause dry mouth, mouth sores, thick saliva, and loss of taste. Dry mouth is not a dangerous side effect of these treatments, but it changes the quality of life and becomes a daily irritation. Here are some suggestions if you are experiencing dry mouth.

Dry Mouth

Chicken, Fish, and Casseroles

It is important to continue to get protein in your meals every day; soft-cooked poultry and fish are a great substitute for...

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