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Know your normal: 6 steps to combat gynecologic cancers

Posted by Rebecca Evans on September 12th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Prevention - 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 these diseases. What can you do? There’s a lot that you can do. Here are a few ways that you can take action to protect yourself from gynecologic cancers. Know your “normal.” Everyone is different. Pay attention to how your body normally behaves and make note of any changes, like irregular bowels movements, itching or pain, especially if they last two weeks or longer. Know what’s never, never normal. Be familiar with red flags, warning signs and symptoms. Some symptoms of gynecologic cancers are: abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge, pelvic pain, abdominal or back pain, bloating, changes in bathroom habits, itching or burning of the vulva and changes in the skin or vulva color. The CDC has a great chart showing symptoms for gynecologic cancers. Each type ...

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on September 8th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Prevention - 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 ...

Saying thanks at the Prevent Cancer 5k

Posted by Lesley Marlin, Guest Blogger on | No Comments »
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5k - After recently celebrating eight years of being cancer free, I have so much to be thankful for. My family and I are participating in the 5k Walk/Run at Nationals Park on September 21 as a small expression of our gratitude to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Without Prevent Cancer, I would not be where I am today. In August 2006, at the age of 29, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. It was a complete shock. I ...

Focus on prevention

Posted by Georgia M. Hurst, Guest Blogger on September 5th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Prevention - 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 ...