Sunday, May 26, 2013

National Cancer Survivors Day

June 2nd is a day to CELEBRATE!  
This day we celebrate those who continue to survive cancer, and to inspire those who are recently diagnosed.

Survival statistic
The number of people with a history of cancer in the United States has increased dramatically, from 3 million in 1971 to about 13.7 million today. About 68% of today’s cancer survivors were diagnosed with cancer five or more years ago. And, approximately 15% of all cancer survivors were diagnosed 20 or more years ago. More than half (59%) of cancer survivors are 65 or older, and 5% are younger than 40.
Most cancer survivors were initially diagnosed with common cancers. For example, 22% of survivors had breast cancer, 20% had prostate cancer, 9% had colorectal cancer, and 8% had cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancer.
The increase in survival rates is largely attributed to the following four developments:
  • Improved screening and early detection, such as mammography for breast cancer, the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer, the Pap test for cervical cancer, and colonoscopy for colorectal cancer
  • Improvements in treatment
  • More effective treatment of side effects, making it possible to give patients higher, more effective doses of cancer drugs
  • The development of targeted therapies, which are more specific and often less toxic than standard chemotherapy
Source: National Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Survivorship,

Brain Tumor Awareness Month

The Facts:
  • Brain tumors strike men, women, and children of any race, and at any age.
  • Brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer-related death in children under 20.
  • Over 688,000 Americans are living with a primary brain tumor. Each year, over 66,000 people are diagnosed with primary malignant and non-malignant tumors.
  • More so than any other cancer, brain tumors can have life-altering psychological, cognitive, behavioral, and physical effects.
  • There is hope. Scientists and researchers are more poised than ever to understand brain tumors, develop treatments, and find cures. 

May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. If you have skin cancer, it is important to know which type you have because it affects your treatment options and your outlook (prognosis). If you aren’t sure which type of skin cancer you have, ask your doctor so you can get the right information.
-Information provided by the American Cancer Society

Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancers

These cancers are most often found in areas exposed to the sun, such as the head, neck, and arms, but they also can occur elsewhere. They are very common but are also usually very treatable.

Melanoma Skin Cancer

Melanoma is a much less common but more serious type of cancer. Melanomas are usually brown or black, but can appear pink, tan, or even white.

Lymphoma of the Skin

Lymphoma is a cancer that starts in cells that are part of the body's immune system. Rare lymphomas that start in the skin are called skin lymphomas (or cutaneous lymphomas).

Do you know the ABC’s of sun safety?

  1. Avoid unprotected sun exposure when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
  2. Block out the sun by using sunscreen.
  3. Cover your body with protective clothing, a hat, and sunglasses.

Honoring Heroes

As a granddaughter of a Korean War Veteran, I am truly grateful for all the men and women who have paid the ultimate the sacrifice-

From the bottom of my heart, I Honor and Thank You!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

celebrating 100 years of fighting to save lives

100 years ago, the American Cancer Society started the fight of a lifetime. Together we can finish that fight. Let's boldly join together to make this cancer's last century.

Sixty years ago, 1 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer survived.
Today, thanks in part to the work of the American Cancer Society, 2 out of 3 will survive.

I have family members and dear friends who have courageously lost the fight, continue to survive the disease, and provide care during the battle.  I celebrate this milestone in honor everyone who's lives have been touched by cancer, and look forward to continuing the FIGHT!