Sunday, September 28, 2008

Breast cancer awareness – Early detection is key

October is designated annually as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So what better time to not only talk about breast cancer, but to also encourage all women to follow the American Cancer Society guidelines for early detection.

Breast cancer, the most common disease among women in the United States, accounts for nearly one of every three cancers diagnosed. You no doubt know someone in your family or circle of friends and acquaintances who has been touched by this disease. Even though the vast majority of breast cancers occur in women, men are at risk as well.

Breast cancer is a disease that begins in the tissue of the breast. Sections of the breast known as lobes are divided into smaller lobules, which have bulbs capable of producing milk. Passageways called ducts connect these structures and eventually lead to the nipple. The spaces around the lobules and ducts are filled with fatty tissue as well as blood vessels and lymph vessels. The lymph vessels lead to small organs called lymph nodes, which are found under the arm, above the collarbone and in the chest (as well as many other parts of the body).

By year's end, more than 180,000 women throughout the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, about 40,000 women will die from this disease in the coming year. That is the bad news. The good news is that because of medical advancements in diagnosing and treating cancer, there are approximately 2.5 million breast cancer survivors!

Yet many women refuse to take a proactive role against breast cancer and ignore the situation completely. Just being a female is the greatest risk factor for breast cancer. Yes, increasing in age and family history are other risk factors - and it can and does touch women of all races and ages. In fact, 90-95 percent of all breast cancers are found in women with no family history of the disease. That is why it is important to be vigilant.

There are things you can do to greatly reduce your chances of developing breast cancer. You can include regular exercise in your daily routine; eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet; avoid smoking; and use alcohol in moderation.

If you are 40 years of age or older, please get a mammogram and have a clinical breast exam every year. And don't forget the importance of monthly breast self-exams. If you are between the ages of 20 and 39, make certain you perform a monthly breast self-exam and have a clinical breast examination by your health care professional every three years.

Most breast lumps are benign; that is, they are not cancerous. Benign breast tumors are abnormal growths that do not spread outside of the breast and they are not life-threatening. But some benign breast lumps can increase a woman's future risk of getting breast cancer so it is important to have regular breast exams.

That is why mammograms are important. A mammogram, a low-dose X-ray that helps find a cancerous tumor before you feel it during a monthly breast self-exam, gives the woman (or man) a crucial head start on potentially lifesaving treatments. That makes this test one of the most powerful protections a person has against dying from breast cancer.

But there is a caveat to that statement. For maximum protection, a woman needs to have mammograms on a regular schedule. Occasional mammograms simply do not provide enough protection against advanced breast cancer. Studies suggest that regular mammograms can decrease a woman's risk of dying from breast cancer by roughly 30 percent.

Mammography is now available as a digital test at Battle Creek Health System's Mary Coleman Mammography Center. While the procedure for taking the images is the same for traditional film and digital mammograms, the digital images are recorded and processed on a computer. They offer faster and more accurate images for physicians to read, and also the ability to enhance, magnify and manipulate them for further evaluation.

Remember, early detection can save your life or the life of someone you love. If you have not already done so, please talk with your physician about scheduling your mammogram today. Early detection is the key to survival.

If you would like more information about breast cancer, stop by the American Cancer Society Resource Library in The Cancer Care Center or call the BCHS breast nurse navigator at 269-966-8647.

Dr. Wendy French and Dr. Sue Tobin are medical oncologists with The Cancer Care Center at Battle Creek Health System.

Talcum powder 'can raise cancer risk'

Ladies, please note -- the next time you use talcum powder to keep fresh, make sure you don't sprinkle it in your lower body.

A new study has revealed that women who use talcum powder around their private parts everyday are actually 40 per cent more likely to develop ovarian cancer -- the risk is only restricted to the lower body.

Talc is made from a mineral called hydrous magnesium silicate which is crushed, dried and milled to produce powder used in cosmetic products.

And, according to researchers, powder applied to the private parts in the lower body may travel to the ovaries and trigger a process of inflammation that allows cancer cells to flourish.

Lead researcher Dr Maggie Gates said that until the outcome of further researches, women should avoid using talc in the genital area, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

Dr Gates and colleagues at Harvard Medical School have based their findings on an analysis of over 3,000 women -- the study found using talcum powder once a week raised the risk of ovarian cancer by 36 per cent.

The risk increased to 41 per cent for those applying the powder every day, the researchers found.

The study also revealed that the risks were greater still for those with a certain genetic profile. Women carrying a gene called glutathione S-transferase M1, but lacking a gene called glutathione S-transferase T1, were three times likely to develop tumours.

The study has been published in the latest issue of the 'Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention' journal.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Treatment For Cancer

Cancer is the disease that is dreaded as the worst cause of deaths in the world. One, it can't be prevented unlike AIDS which has no cure but is preventable. There is no effective and safe treatment for cancer.

Treatment for cancer exists in a wide rage; surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, clinical trials, proton therapy, complementary medicine, and cutting edge technologies. All this treatments are there but none of them guarantees good end results. When one is on the operating table under going either of the treatments, it is a matter of life and death. If one is lucky to live his/her life would never be the same again. One has to bear with the side effects that come with this disease such as hair loss sometimes even one of their body part like a leg might be amputated.

Many foundations are being formed so as to assist those inflicted by cancer. The main purpose of the foundations is to assist with the finances that cancer brings about. It is very difficult for a single person to be able to pay for treatment of cancer disease.

There are also different organizations that provide assistance to the infected. There are those who give free transportation for those seeking distance treatment. Others provide free of charge accommodations and other supportive services to patients and their families when confronted with medical emergencies. While some pharmaceuticals companies have programs to assist patients of cancer cover or ease the cost of the medications they manufacture.

Before going for treatment for cancer, the ailing person must make a decision before choosing any of the treatments. This is because they all have different complications and also it depends with the kind of cancer one may have. Otherwise let's continue wishing for a better treatment or better yet a "cure".

Peter Gitundu Researches And Reports On Health. For More Information On Treatment For Cancer, Visit His Site At TREATMENT FOR CANCER

Monday, September 8, 2008

Facts on Pancreatic Cancer

The pancreas is a gland organ in the digestive and endocrine system. It produces several important hormones, including insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin as well as secretes pancreatic juice containing digestive enzymes. It is a very important organ dealing with digestion and hormone production but unfortunately also vulnerable to many infections including pancreatic cancer. Every year about 33,000 individuals in the United States and more than 60,000 in Europe are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Early diagnosis for pancreatic cancer is very difficult because most of its symptoms are non-specific. The most common noticeable symptoms for this type of cancer are pain in the upper abdomen, loss of appetite, significant weight loss and painless jaundice related to bile duct obstruction. All of these symptoms can potentially have multiple causes, which is the reason why pancreatic cancer is often not diagnosed until it is in its advanced stages.

There are many different causal risk factors associated with the development of pancreatic cancer. These risk factors include age, male gender, African ethnicity, smoking, obesity, a high meat diet, and diabetes. Pancreatic cancer is usually discovered during the course of the evaluation of all of these symptoms. Liver function tests are often performed to verify if there is any obstruction in the bile duct. Ultrasound and CT scans are also used to scan the inside of our bodies and to identify tumor growths.

The prognosis for pancreatic cancer is not very good at all; the reason for this is because cancer of the pancreas are often not diagnosed until they are in some advanced and harmful stages. The average survival rate after being diagnosed is between 3 to 6 months, and the 5-year survival rate is around 5%. Pancreatic cancer has the highest death rate of all types of cancer and is the fourth highest cancer killer in the United States among both men and women alike.

There are several ways to prevent the development of pancreatic cancer. Smoking is the most significant and easiest avoidable risk for getting this type of cancer. Maintaining a healthy weight and constant exercise is also another good way to not only prevent cancer but to keep your body fit and healthy. Consuming fruits, vegetables and grains and decreasing red meat intake in your diet is another recommended prevention. Vitamin D has also been shown to significantly reduce the risk of developing this type of cancer by up to 50%.

Pancreatic cancer is definitely a deadly disease and it is important for all of us to know the facts about it, the different symptoms it manifest and the ways of preventing it.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Genetic Factor in Colon Cancer Discovered

Researchers have discovered an abnormality in a gene that they have strongly linked to the development of inherited colon cancer, which may account for up to 20 percent of cases of colon cancer. As VOA's Jessica Berman reports, scientists believe the discovery could lead to a simple blood test to identify people susceptible to inherited colon cancer.

People are normally protected against colon cancer by inheriting two healthy copies of a gene called TGFBR1, from each parent.

But in a study involving about 200 colon cancer patients at Ohio State University in Columbus, investigators found a weak copy of TGFBR1 in about 10 percent or 24 patients.

Heather Hampel
Heather Hampel
Heather Hampel is co-author of the study appearing this week in the journal Science.

"This gene is under-expressed in these patients and it seems to cause them to have about an 8.7 times more likely [greater likelihood of contracting colon cancer] than if you don't have this particular genetic finding," said Heather Hampel.

Experts say the lifetime risk of colon cancer is six percent, particularly in the West where the disease is common. The abnormality would increase the risk of the disease to nearly fifty percent for people found to have the susceptibility gene.

As a genetic counselor, Hampel says she would urge people with the genetic abnormality to get a colonoscopy, a procedure to look for potentially cancerous polyps, at a younger age and more often.

Hampel says the genetic finding may also explain why the disease seems to run in families.

"Once you identify a patient who has this characteristic, we would want to offer testing to all of their brothers and sisters and children to let them know whether they have inherited this characteristic and also have an increased risk for cancer," she said.

Hampel says investigators have reason to believe the gene may be responsible for a higher percentage of colon cancers, something still to be teased out by genetic researchers. Meanwhile, when a blood test based on the research is available, possibly within a few years, it would allow susceptible patients to be screened regularly to catch colon cancer early, when it is most treatable.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Blood Sugar and Cancer

Blood sugar has been linked to the cause of a variety of different cancers. High insulin levels promote and environment that makes it much easier for certain tumor to grow. Research and testing is still being done so it is very hard to make any kind of bold statements regarding blood sugar levels and cancer. However, there is cause for great concern with certain cancers. These are the cancers we are going to be talking about.

Colon and Rectal Cancer

In a Harvard University study that involved more than 50,000 middle aged men, those whose diets were most likely to raise blood sugar fast and high were 32 percent more likely to develop colon and rectal cancer over 20 years. The effect is much stronger for heavier men.

Breast Cancer
In the Women's Health Study, women who followed a blood sugar-boosting diet were 135 percent more likely to develop breast cancer in seven years than woman whose diets were more blood sugar friendly. Many different studies have shown a huge increase in breast cancer in women that do not follow a blood sugar friendly diet. It was linked to even be a higher percentage to woman who do not exercise frequently.

Endometrial Cancer
In the Iowa Women's Health Study, which involved more than 23,000 post-menopausal women, those who didn't have diabetes and followed blood sugar-spiking diets were 46 percent more likely to get this cancer over 15 years. An Italian study that compared women who developed endometrial cancer with a similar group of women who didn't found a 110 percent increase in risk linked to this type of diet.

Prostate Cancer
Here we go men, are you ready for this? An Italian study looked at men ages 46-74 who developed prostate cancer and compared their diets to a group of similar men who didn't get the cancer. Those whose diets were most likely to spike blood sugar were 57 percent more likely to have prostate cancer. A similar Canadian study found a 57 percent increase in risk.

Pancreatic Cancer
Even the organ that produces insulin may be more prone to cancer if it's constantly bathed in that hormone. A study using data from the Nurses' Health Study over 18 years found that women whose diets raised blood sugar the most were 53 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than women whose diets raised it the least. Women in the first group who were overweight and physically inactive were 157 percent more likely to get the cancer than similar women in the second.

If this information does not make you realize how important blood sugar can be in your life, then I truly hope you find the information that will help you realize it. Blood sugar can be very serious and it should be treated that way. It is very important for training reasons as I pointed out in previous articles, but it is more important for life and living reasons.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

When Your Loved One Has Cancer

That time, you were left in awe at what you have heard. The light enclosed on you, and the whole world revolved in faint whispers, "It mustn't be." Cancer is not a simple matter, and you couldn't believe someone very close to you has it. The news was more than shocking... it was heartbreaking.

Cancer has developed a connotation to being a fatal term, itself. It is a single term that people have dreaded to utter, even jokingly. It is a serious matter, and if your loved one has been diagnosed to be having it, this can be a very difficult journey for you, if you don't take it lightly and with courage.

Cancer or what we call malignant neoplasm is a medical disease that happens when a group of cells display uncontrolled growth or division, which at times, may be at a fairly early age or at a critical stage. Most of them time, doctors would say a certain estimate of how long a person may live battling the disease, with or without treatments. Aside from the fact that financial expenditures build up because of costly cancer medications, the family can be subdued to a roller-coaster ride of emotions.

However, no matter how painstaking this situation is for you, you must be strong. Your loved on depends highly on your care and attention. After all, you both want to spend more time in this life together. Here are some simple ways that may help you cope up with this unnerving situation, and make it easier for you and your loved one:

1. Do not show them how hurt you are. If you have to wear a mask everytime, do it. Your loved one will draw strength from your strength, therefore, you must show him or her that you will be with him, in this difficult time, no matter what. If he sees you crying or in pain, the effect of that on his mindset is as painful.

2. Do normal things with them if they can. When they are strong enough, be normal with them. Take them to places, eat with them and spend great days with them very fondly. This will enlighten their minds, and yours, too. The both of you may actually forget about the intensity of the situation that you are facing. Cancer may be serious, but you can shrug it off at times with subtle moments of laughter.

3. Communicate your love to them. Talk to them and communicate your love to them, by giving them flowers and do with them things that they love to do. As much as possible, do not talk about their sickness, and live life as it is. Listen to their pains, yet do not break down in front of them. Assure them that it is going to be alright sincerely, without making them feel that they are just words said to make them feel better.

No matter how painful it is for you, you may not even begin to imagine how painful it is for them. Be very patient and understanding in making them feel loved. Especially, at this moment of difficulty, your utmost concern will leave them a mark that will help them fight for their life and be stronger. When a loved on has cancer, the battle must begin and end with strength and endurance.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

What's Good For Cancer Prevention?

Cells are the building blocks of all living things. Cells in the human body are replaced regularly, with each being replaced on a certain timetable. Within each cell is a code that tells it when to multiply and when to die. Cancer grows out of normal cells in which something has disrupted the normal multiplication process, allowing cells to develop abnormally and grow uncontrollably. Cancer can develop in almost any organ or tissue. When these malignant cells multiply and spread, they damage healthy tissue, blood vessels, and nerves.

Fortunately, in many cases the body is able to identify these rogue cells and destroy them before they become a threat to health. Boosting the immune system to it's optimum level, by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, is a key ingredient in the body's defense system. Antioxidants, produced by the body or derived from food and supplements, can inactivate free radicals and aid the immune system in early purging of cancer cells.

Some vitamins and herbs are considered helpful in preventing cancer. Herbs, and other healing foods, which may be beneficial include: almonds, apples, amaranth, apricots, artichoke, asparagus, avocado, banana, barley, basil, beans, beets, berries, bilberry, blackberries, black walnut, blueberries, broccoli, brown rice, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cayenne, chickpeas, citrus fruits, coffee, collards, corn, cruciferous vegetables, cucumber, currants, dates, eggplant, figs, fish, flaxseed, garlic, ginger, ginseng, goldenseal, grapefruit, grapes, green & black teas, horseradish, kale, kelp, kiwi, legumes, lemons, lentils, licorice root, limes, mango, melons, mustard greens, nectarines, nuts & seeds, oats, okra, olive oil, onions, orange, papaya, parsley, peach, peanuts, pears, pecans, peppers, persimmon, pineapple, pomegranate, pumpkin, quinoa, radish, raspberries, rosemary, spinach, squash, spicy foods, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tangerine, thyme, tomatoes, turmeric, turnips, watercress, watermelon, wheat bran, whole grains, yarrow, yogurt, and yucca. Supplements which may be helpful, include: arginine, B6 (pyrodoxine), B complex, beta-carotene, C, calcium & magnesium, cysteine, D, E, folic acid, glutathione, multi-vitamin, multi-mineral, omega-3 fatty acids, and selenium. It should be noted, however, that the best recommendation may be to simply include lots of fruits and vegetables in the diet.

Certain types of food may actually increase the risk of cancer. Those to avoid include: alcohol, animal fats, artificial coloring, artificial sweeteners, artificial anything, fake foods (man-made substitutes), fluoridated water, fried foods, hydrogenated & partially hydrogenated oils, imitation foods, iron supplements, meats cooked in intense heat, any cured or smoked meats, canned meats, micro-waved foods, moldy foods, overcooked foods, pork, processed meats, roasted nuts, sugar, white bread and other products made from white flour, white rice, any food barbecued or burned, and bread crusts or any other toasted foods. Also avoid antibiotics, household pesticides, low-fat diets, stress, tobacco smoke, and unnecessary x-rays. Avoid the ACA's inadequate recommendation of fives servings of fruits and vegetables daily (you need at least nine). In addition, limit: coffee (2-3 cups daily), dairy foods, all meats, processed foods, protein, and salt.

Maintain a healthy weight and get moderate exercise (strenuous exercise may increase risk of cancer). Have a positive outlook and enjoy life. Drink 8-12 cups of water daily. Consume 9+ servings of fruits & vegetables daily (especially raw) daily. Eat whole grains, and get a high fiber diet. Get 7-9 hours sleep nightly.

In case I haven't mentioned it, in this article, it is very important to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. You should get 9-11 servings a day. A serving is about half a cup.

Disclaimer: This article is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended for use as diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional.

Charles Browne is an ezine author promoting nutritional healing, and disease prevention. He is also co-author of the web comic The Adventures of Deaf Duck.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Wigs For Cancer Patients Keep Patients Looking Great

If you or someone that you are close to is currently going through cancer treatment therapy then you for sure know what a real struggle it is. With so much going on and priorities being so drastically reorganized, the fact that their hair has fallen out can be easily overlooked when it doesn't have to be. The truth is that "looking and feeling" good with a good head of hair "is" a crucial element of the recovery process that doctors don't often talk about.

Human Hair

The great news is that there is now a huge selection of high quality human hair wigs online. Human hair is always the best way to go if you can, but if you are on a tight budget you can get by with other fibers. However; if you choose a fiber other than human hair you will want to pay close attention to its maintenance because it is when they are poorly maintained that they begin to look less than perfect.

Glue or Tape

You or the person undergoing chemotherapy is also going to have to play catch-up on learning how to attach and maintain the wig properly. There are two basic common methods for attaching a wig and those are with special wig glue and with special two sided tape. Test them both to determine which one works best for the person using the wig and if the glue or tape causes any irritation quickly switch over.

One Wig - Many Looks

It is important to bear in mind that before long your treatment will be through, you will have your own hair back and the cancer will be behind you. So, you don't need to purchase several different wigs. Look for a wig and hair filler products and hats that go good together, so you will have more then one look without having to spend a bunch of money.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Kidney Cancer - Causes, Symptoms and Risks Factors

Kidney cancer or renal carcinoma usually occurs in older people and accounts for about 2 to 3% of cancers in adults, affecting about twice as many men as women. In adults, the most common type of kidney tumor is renal cell carcinoma, which begins in the cells that line the small tubes within your kidneys. Kidney cancer rarely strikes children and young adults; the exceptions are a pediatric kidney cancer called Wilms tumor and some forms of hereditary kidney cancer syndromes, such as von Hippel-Lindau disease.

Causes of Kidney Cancer

The causes are not known, however external factors, such as smoking and obesity, have been related to a higher incidence of kidney cancer and changing environmental factors as well as population aging has seen an increase in the presentation of this form of cancer.

Signs and Symptoms

Kidney cancer symptoms are often overlooked because tumours are usually slow growing and not suspected until the patient begins to experience symptoms such as blood in the urine, pain, tiredness and a palpable mass. Since back pain is common among people over 40 years of age, such pain is often ignored and the presence of kidney cancer can go undetected. Kidney cancer may also cause high blood pressure.

Risk Factors

The risk of developing kidney cancer is four times higher if a close relative has had kidney cancer. Being on dialysis for many years is a risk factor for kidney cancer.

People who have had bladder cancer are more likely to develop kidney cancer, and vice versa. About three per cent of kidney cancer patients have inherited a damaged gene that will make it likely the cancer will also be found in their second kidney.


Not smoking is the most effective way to prevent kidney cancer and it is estimated that the elimination of smoking would reduce the rate of renal pelvis cancer by one-half and the rate of renal cell carcinoma by one-third.

Other factors that may decrease the risk of developing kidney cancer include: maintaining a normal body weight, a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables, especially in bananas and root vegetables such as carrots, maintaining normal blood pressure and limited exposure to environmental toxins.

Diagnosing Kidney Cancer

Cancer of the kidney is most commonly detected with either computed tomography (CT) scan, ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Cystoscopy can rule out associated bladder cancer. Kidney cancer cells may also break away from the original tumor and spread (or metastasize) to other parts of the body such as the lymph nodes, bones or lungs, with about one third of cases showing metastasis at the time of diagnosis.

Types of Kidney Cancer

Almost 85% of this tumor are renal cell carcinomas. A less common type of kidney is Papillary carcinoma. Other rare kidney cancers include: Renal sarcoma, Collecting Duct carcinoma, Medullary and Chromophobe carcinomas.


Radical nephrectomy with or without the removal of lymph nodes offers the only cure but treatment of kidney cancer may include: surgery, arterial embolization, radiation therapy, biological therapy or chemotherapy depends upon the stage of the disease and the patient's overall health.

Nephrectomy or removal of the entire organ including the adrenal gland, adjacent lymph nodes and surrounding normal tissue has been the norm, but recent research shows that removal of just the tumor, produces similar survival rates and offers less chance of subsequent renal failure in selected cases.

Scientists have also isolated the gene responsible for VHL disease, and this discovery offers exciting future possibilities for improved diagnosis and treatment of some kidney cancers. Various combinations of interleukin-2, interferon, and other biologic agents and even vaccines developed from cells removed from the kidney cancer are also being investigated.

Survival Rates

With prompt and appropriate treatment, the kidney cancer mortality rate is fairly low, unfortunately kidney cancer has a tendency to spread early, especially to the lungs, sometimes before symptoms develop. The five year survival rate is around 90-95% for tumors less than 4 cm. For larger tumors confined to the kidney without venous invasion, survival is still relatively good at 80-85%. If it has metastasized to the lymph nodes, the 5-year survival is around 5 % to 15 %. If it has spread metastatically to other organs, the 5-year survival rate is less than 5 %.

An important factor for those with this form of cancer and for that matter with all cancers is that assertive patients who actively work to overcome cancer often increase the odds of survival, live longer, and enjoy life more.

Dick Aronson has a background of over 35 years in various facets of the Healthcare industry. He set up and ran clinical trials in more than 20 countries and he has also founded a number of small private health related businesses. Dick now runs a number of informative health websites Go to Health Innovations Online and Go to Cancer Information Online