Heading to the Beach? Don’t forget the
Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply
20-30 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply after sweating or
swimming. Limit your time in the sun during the hours of 10am and
When a family member or friend has
been diagnosed with cancer . . .
¨ Be yourself
¨ Have an understanding attitude
¨ Ask what you can do to help
¨ Let them talk about their illness, but don’t pressure them to
¨ Be empathetic
¨ Consider a quality visit rather than a lengthy one
¨ Hold their hand
A Note About Skin Cancer
Did you know . . . non-melanoma skin cancers are highly curable,
however, of the 1,000,000 people diagnosed each year, 2,000 will
die. Protect your exposed skin from UV radiation.
When a Mole Becomes Something Else
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Moles or other
dark spots are the usual areas for melanoma development. Not all
changes are an indication of cancer, but you should get any
suspicious area checked out by your physician.
Have You Had Your Mammogram?
The five-year survival rate for breast cancer is over 98% when
detected early. One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast
cancer in their lifetime. Regular mammograms, monthly breast
self-exams and regular exams by your physician are your best
defense in the early detection of breast cancer.
Meat or chicken cooked at very high temperatures on the grill or
in the frying pan can increase your risk of cancer. Should you
toss out the grill? No, just enjoy grilled meats occasionally.
When you do grill, don’t eat any burnt or blackened parts.
Pre-cook meat in the oven or microwave then complete cooking on
the grill. Also, eat smaller portions of grilled meats.
Isn’t Air Pollution Just as Bad as
Smoking causes a much greater risk of lung cancer than air
pollution. People often overestimate the risks that are out of
their control while underestimating risks caused by their own
Rumor Put to Rest
Antiperspirant DOES NOT cause breast cancer. Extensive study does
not show any link between the use of underarm antiperspirant and
developing breast cancer.
Can Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors?
Although a few studies did suggest a link with certain brain
tumors, most large population studies did not reveal a consistent
correlation between cell phone use and brain tumors.
Are Tanning Beds Safe?
The primary cause of skin cancer is UV radiation from the sun.
However, artificial sources of UV radiation, like those used in
tanning beds (or booths) can also cause skin cancer.
Plant Foods that “Phyte” Cancer
Plant foods, such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and other
dark green, yellow or orange vegetables, contain phytochemicals
which can slow cancer cell growth.
Just the Flax, M’am
Flaxseed has been linked to cancer protection as well as
cholesterol reduction. Flaxseed, which contains phytochemicals,
particularly plant estrogen, may reduce breast cancer risk.
However, women already diagnosed with breast cancer should limit
their intake of flax.
Great American Smokeout (3rd Thursday
Come on, commit to quit for just 24 hours. You never know, you
might just decide to do it for life . . . your life.
Tea . . . Drink to Your Health
Science is now backing up long time claims of the health benefits
of tea. Both black and green tea contain catechins and flavonoids,
which are antioxidants, that aid in cancer and heart disease
prevention. Don’t forget that tea does contain caffeine, so enjoy
Did you know that patients who participate in support groups live
longer and feel better than those who decide to go it alone.
Consider getting involved in a support group to learn from the
experience of others, express your feelings and share information
with those facing the same life challenge.
Help Yourself While Helping Others
Reaching out to others in need can do wonders for your own
healing. Consider volunteering if you’re able or offer assistance
to others in your neighborhood or church.
Get Your Cancer Answers
Gathering information and getting answers about your cancer
diagnosis is an empowering activity. Learn everything you can
about your disease and stage, prognosis and treatment options.
Media Reports or Tumor Rumors?
Do you have questions about a report you’ve read in the paper or
seen on television? Ask your health care team or call the Cancer
Advocacy Center. Because these reports are often very brief, they
may not include all the pertinent facts.
Cancer Gene Scene
About 5 – 10% of cancers are caused by an inherited faulty gene
which predisposes an individual to an increased risk of a
particular cancer. If you have a strong family history of cancer,
genetic counseling may be helpful to evaluate your cancer risk.
Call our genetics counselor for more information or to make an
Preserving your Self-Image
The esthetic side effects of cancer treatment do not mean you
can’t look your best. Cookie's Place Boutique can be your one-stop
shop for a top quality wig and accessories, hats, turbans and
other products to help you enhance your image and
preserve your self-esteem as you journey through this life
Bladder Cancer and Cigarette Smoking
Bladder cancer doesn’t usually come to mind when most people think
about the risks associated with cigarette smoking. However,
statistics show that cigarette smoking is the number one cause of
bladder cancer. Other risk factors such as age and family history
can not be controlled but we do have control over whether we smoke
Prostate Cancer Prevention
Diet can play an important part in the prevention of prostate
cancer. Eat less fat and more fruits, vegetables and grains. Also,
tomatoes, grapefruit and watermelon are excellent sources of
lycopene – a substance shown to prevent damage to DNA and may help
lower prostate cancer risk.
What are some of the risk factors for
developing Colorectal Cancer?
Risk factors include:
¨ Family or personal history of colorectal cancer
¨ Ethnic background – Jews of Eastern European descent (Ashkenazi
¨ Personal history of intestinal polyps or chronic inflammatory
¨ Aging – risk increases markedly after age 50
¨ Diet mostly from animal sources
¨ Physical inactivity
¨ Alcohol – heavy use
What causes Ovarian Cancer?
We still don’t know what causes ovarian cancer, however, some risk
factors have been identified including:
¨ Having a first child after age 30
¨ Age – most occur after menopause after age 65
¨ Long term use of fertility drugs
¨ Menstrual history – number of cycles in the lifetime (early
onset of menstruation and/or late menopause)
¨ Family history of ovarian cancer
¨ Personal history of breast cancer
¨ Diet – limit intake of red meat, increase consumption of fruits,
vegetables and whole grains.
Cervical Cancer: A Risk Factor You Can
Infection with HPV (human papillomavirus) is a major risk factor
for the development of cervical cancer. The disease is typically
transmitted during sex. Your risk of HPV is increased if you have
unprotected sex, especially at an early age. Risk is also
increased if you have sex with multiple partners or a partner who
has had many partners. The FDA recently approved a HPV
vaccine (Gardasil) which can prevent most types of HPV. It
is recommended for girls ages 9-26 prior to becoming sexually
active. Consult your physician or daughter's physician for
Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer: What
Role Does Estrogen Play?
Estrogen is responsible for the development and changes of the
reproductive system during puberty, menstruation and pregnancy.
Progesterone is another hormone responsible for physiologic
changes. Each are normally produced in certain balanced amounts.
Continuous exposure to estrogen without the balancing effect of
progesterone is a major risk factor for the development of
True or False: Underwire Bras Cause
False. A circulated email rumor stated that underwire bras cause a
compaction of the lymphatic system of the breast and cause breast
cancer. No valid scientific study shows any correlation with
wearing underwire or other types of bras and the development of
Cancer Rumors, Hoaxes and Urban
These are spreading like wildfire especially since the advent of
email. Rumors often contain some truthful bits of information but
are usually based on anecdotal claims. Hoaxes are false,
deliberately deceptive claims intended to frighten. Urban legends
are typically false though believable as they spread over time. If
you are concerned about information you’ve read, particularly
information circulated in email or on the internet, verify the
information with a reliable source of cancer information.
Coping With Cancer
Facing a cancer diagnosis can create fear, confusion and a sense
of helplessness. Here’s a list of little things you can do to help
¨ Cry, let yourself grieve.
¨ Ask for help – people are eager to help; have a list of things
to suggest when someone offers help.
¨ Confide in someone who will let you get your feelings out.
¨ Give hugs to others when you need comfort.
¨ Pray – rely on your spiritual faith.
Consider Clinical Trials When Deciding
on Cancer Treatment
Clinical trials are basically research studies done on people.
Whether you participate or not should depend on a complete
discussion with your oncologist about the risks and benefits. Only
4% of adult cancer patients choose to take part in a study. The
primary reason people give for not participating is not knowing
they were eligible. Ultimately, participating in a clinical trial
is a personal decision. Make sure you know all the facts before
Managing pain is an important part of your overall treatment. No
one knows your pain better than you do and you’re the best person
to openly and honestly discuss pain control with your doctor.
There’s no reason to suffer in silence.