Category Archives: Cancer

Conquering Childhood Cancer

September 15th, 2020
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September by cancer organizations around the globe. According to the American Cancer Society, just over 11,000 children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020, and about 1,190 children are expected to die from it. After accidents, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14. The most common cancers in children are not the same as the cancers seen most often in adults.…

Raising Voices for MPN Awareness

September 8th, 2020
When asked to name a blood cancer, most people will respond with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. That’s not surprising because those are among the most common blood cancers. In fact, new cases of those cancers are expected to account for 9.9 percent of the estimated 1,806,590 new cancer cases diagnosed in the US in 2020. But for this Blood Cancer Awareness Month, let’s take a closer look at another less common blood cancer called myeloproliferative neoplasms, or MPNs. Like other…

Boning Up on Sarcoma

July 14th, 2020
Summer is now in full swing and some of us are looking for creative ways to beat the heat. Here’s an opportunity to take a break and get a little education at the same time. July is Sarcoma Awareness Month, so sit back and read about this form of cancer that accounts for only one percent of all adult cancers but is rather prevalent in children, accounting for about 20 percent of all pediatric cancers. The Sarcoma Foundation of America…

Safe Under the Sun

July 8th, 2020
A few precautions can keep your skin safe this summer. Summer is here and with it comes an increased desire to get out of the house and do something outdoors. That desire may be even stronger this year, what with so many isolating themselves at home in an effort to avoid contracting the coronavirus. Before venturing outside, though, it’s always smart to take into account the risks associated with exposure to the sun and its potentially harmful ultraviolet rays. That’s…

Amid his own battle with the disease, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek participates in pancreatic cancer PSA.

November 11th, 2019
Game show host Alex Trebek, who has battled pancreatic cancer since March, has teamed up with the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition to star in a public service announcement aimed at raising awareness and donations for research. “In nearly every country, pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate in the single digits," Trebek said in the clip, filmed on the set of Jeopardy!, which he has hosted for 36 seasons. "Now, in order to help patients…

Bad News, Good News Regard Breast Cancer

October 27th, 2019
Bad news: More Florida women getting breast cancer. Good news: Death rate now among nation’s lowest. When I scanned the first sentence of her Facebook post, I thought at first that it was just another attempt to raise awareness for a worthy cause that would eventually ask me to do my part in the fight by sharing the post with others. If only it had been. “I have breast cancer,” it said. In the paragraphs that followed, my friend explained…

Advances, Retreats in the Cancer Battle

September 25th, 2019
At the end of May, the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer was released, and it offered some encouraging news. The report included cancer statistics from the years 1999 through 2016, the most recent year statistics are available. The report was created by a consortium of the country’s top cancer organizations. The updated annual report noted that US cancer death rates continued to fall during those years. It stated that overall, cancer death rates decreased…

Cancer Vaccines Offer Hope

August 20th, 2019
Vaccines, as you probably know, are medicines that help your body fight disease. If you’re like most people, you received vaccinations against a bunch of disorders – from chickenpox to whooping cough – when you were a kid. Vaccines work with your immune system to recognize and destroy harmful substances, such as disease-causing viruses, that attack your body. Scientists today are exploring new and better ways to boost the power of the immune system, using vaccines aimed at battling cancer.…

Melanoma: The Mother of Skin Cancers

June 16th, 2019
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US, affecting about one in five Americans by age 70. In fact, more people in the US are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable if detected early and treated properly. Skin cancer starts in the three main types of skin cells: basal cells, squamous cells and melanocytes. Melanocytes, found in the skin’s middle layer, or epidermis, make the…

WATS Happening in Esophageal Cancer

May 8th, 2019
Do you get heartburn after you eat? Maybe you get it once in a while, or maybe you’re one of the 15 million or more Americans who get it every day. That’s about 20 percent of the US population. If you get heartburn often, you may have a condition called acid reflux. If your heartburn is seriously bothering you, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. GERD occurs when acid from your stomach persistently flows, or refluxes, back up…