Saturday, August 31, 2013

September-Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

As you may recall, this disease is near and dear to my heart, and the inspiration for this site.  My dad continues the battle with prostate cancer, though not the same man he was when he began; he is still not cancer-free, yet "holding his own", over 13 years post diagnosis.  My uncle is surviving as well.

Prostate cancer is among the most common cancers for men living in the United States, and despite the progress we have made in controlling it, the disease continues to take a devastating toll on thousands of lives every year.  During National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we remember those we have lost to prostate cancer, and we renew our commitment to detecting, and treating this terrible illness.

While the causes of prostate cancer are still unknown, men with certain risk factors may be more likely to develop the disease.  Men who suffer from prostate cancer range in age from their 20's, to men who are over the age of 65.  Those whose fathers, brothers, or sons have had prostate cancer are also at greater risk.  Prostate cancer is especially prevalent among African American men, who experience both the highest incidence and the highest mortality rates of prostate cancer.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

What Is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is a malignancy of the ovaries, the female sex organs that produce eggs and make the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Treatments for ovarian cancer are improving, and the best outcomes are always seen when the cancer is found early.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

As with other types of cancer, varian cancer may not produce symptoms, particularly in the early stages. However, when symptoms do occur, they include abdominal bloating or a feeling of pressure, abdominal or pelvic pain, frequent urination, and feeling satiated quickly when eating. These symptoms, of course, occur with many different conditions and are not specific to cancer. You should discuss these symptoms with your doctor if they occur frequently and persist for more than a few weeks.

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

My father-in-law lost his battle with Leukemia before I had the pleasure of meeting him.  I have been told so many wonderful stories of the incredible man, husband, father, and educator he was, which is why I am so deeply saddened my children never had the Blessing of knowing their Grandpa Willie, nor he them.

Leukemia is a type of blood cancer that begins in the bone marrow. Bone marrow is the soft tissue in the center of the bones, where blood cells are produced. The term leukemia means white blood. White blood cells (leukocytes) are used by the body to fight infections and other foreign substances.

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where has the time gone?

Life has been nothing short of a whirlwind for the past few months!  Our family has been Blessed with incredible opportunities which have depleted my free-time (not that I ever had that much of it to begin with, but wouldn't have it any other way!), which unfortunately resulted in neglecting my site-my apologies!

I am "back" and energized to share my cancer advocacy journey with you all, and it feels great!

As you hopefully remember, September and October are HUGE months for cancer awareness initiatives, so stay with me and get ready for some great dialogue!