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Prevention

Know your normal: 6 steps to combat gynecologic cancers

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on September 12th, 2014 | No Comments »
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September marks the arrival of everyone’s favorite season, but it also marks the designated month for raising awareness of prostate cancer, gynecologic cancers and childhood obesity. Today, let’s focus on gynecologic cancers. Gynecologic cancers are cancers affecting a woman’s reproductive organs. The five main types are cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. By the end of 2014, an expected 94,990 cases of gynecologic cancer will have been diagnosed, and 28,790 women are expected to have died from ...

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on September 8th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Many people are shy when it comes to discussing prostate cancer. Viewed as a personal, private disease, prostate cancer is too often discussed in hushed tones. But hushed tones can’t educate. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a month devoted to educating men (and women) about prostate cancer statistics, symptoms, prevention and early detection. Let’s make it a “September Resolution” to get talking. This year, an estimated 233,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and ...

Focus on prevention

Posted by Georgia M. Hurst, Guest Blogger on September 5th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Both of my older brothers had colon cancer; the oldest died at 36 and the other lost his colon at 48. This was when my family learned that we hold the mutation for Lynch syndrome. Lynch syndrome is an inherited disorder that increases your risk for a dozen different early onset cancers, particularly cancers of the colon and rectum. My particular mutation also holds implications for cancer of the stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder ducts, upper ...

It’s not because I have to

Posted by Jan Bresch, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer on July 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Sunday, September 21st is the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s annual 5k Walk/Run, and I will again be participating, along with my family and friends. Not because I have to, but because I want to. In fact, I need to. Why? Because more than half a million people die from cancer each year. Last year, my sister Rita became one of those half million. The cancer stats I’ve quoted for years became very real when Rita was diagnosed ...