Did you know? According to the CDC:
“Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States! But most skin cancers can be prevented. Every year — Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer at a cost of more than $8 billion. There are 76,000 new cases of and 9,000 deaths from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays—from the sun or from artificial sources like tanning beds—is the most common cause of skin cancer. Anyone, no matter their skin tone, can get skin cancer.”
“Being physically active outside is healthy and can help prevent conditions like obesity. But it’s important to be sun smart when playing and working outdoors. Use a layered approach for sun protection. Seek shade, especially late morning through mid-afternoon. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and other clothes to protect skin. Use broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15+ to protect any exposed skin. Sunscreen works best when used with shade or clothes, and it must be re-applied every two hours and after swimming, sweating, and toweling off.”
Do you have a favorite charity? Did you know that could donate to it for FREE through Amazon Smile? Amazon contributes 1/2 percent of purchases made at that site — with no cost to you. 1/2 percent may sound like a pittance. But consider this: As of May 2018, Amazon Smile had contributed a total of more than $89 million to charity. My particular interest is the Marc Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, which has received nearly $20,000 through Amazon Smile.
Do a Good Deed with Amazon Smile — FREE!!!!
Amazon Prime’s vast customer base, which shops at Amazon rather often, presents a huge opportunity for charitable groups. To facilitate donations, Amazon set up Amazon Smile.
THIS IS NOT A SALES PITCH. If you already shop at Amazon, there is an easy way to give to charity. Amazon Smile is an application that costs nothing to join or use when shopping. Through Amazon Smile, a 1/2% donation is made to the charity you choose when you shop. You can type in any charity you want. [Just type in the name of the charity instead of selecting one of the recommended ones.] 🙂
To learn more about Amazon Smile, click on the image.
To sign up for Amazon Smile, click here.
Note: Amazon Smile works whether or not you are a Prime member — at no cost to you.
As a PC survivor. I am here today because I was diagnosed very early through a Bilirubin blood test. It was part of my quarterly series of blood tests as a diabetic. Thus, I was able to have Whipple surgery. Here I am today 3 1/2+ years post surgery.
Yet, unfortunately most of those who get PC are not diagnosed in time. So, today’s post focuses on signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer.
The following discussion and chart are from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:
“The pancreas produces fluids that help digest (break down) food, and hormones, such as insulin, to help control blood sugar levels. The digestive fluids are produced by exocrine pancreas cells, and the hormones are produced by endocrine pancreas cells. About 95 percent of pancreatic cancers begin with the exocrine cells, and are called pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma or other types of carcinomas. Another type of pancreatic tumor is called a pancreatic endocrine tumor, and these tumors originate from the endocrine cells. Making the distinction between these two kinds of pancreatic cancer is important, as patients with these two tumor types are treated differently.”
“Pancreatic cancer is a very complex condition to treat, since symptoms are often not apparent until the cancer has spread beyond the pancreas. These are some of the leading risk factors:
* Pancreatic cysts
* Long-standing diabetes
* Chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas, especially in people who smoke)
* Age (55+ years)
* Race (African-Americans are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than white, Hispanic, or Asian-Americans)
* Family history of pancreatic cancer
* Genetic factors
PLEASE get a regular battery of blood tests that relate to a wide range of possible ailments. Be proactive. Not reactive.
One of the things that I’ve found over the years is that a sense of humor can really help. Here are a few funny (maybe) quotes. Hopefully, at least a couple will make you laugh. 🙂
These quotes are from Cancer ABCs: [actually, they’re mostly groaners.]
Taken From Actual Doctor’s Notes
- Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.
- Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
- On the second day, the knee was better, and then on the third day it disappeared.
- The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.
- Discharge status: Alive, but without my permission.
- Healthy-appearing decrepit, 69-year-old male, mentally alert but forgetful.
- The patient refused autopsy.
- The patient has no previous history of suicides.
- Patient’s medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40-pound weight gain in the last three days.
- She is numb from her toes down.
- Occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.
- Skin: somewhat pale but present.
Top Ten Ways To Know You Are A Cancer Thriver
- Your alarm clock goes off at 6 a.m. and you’re glad to hear it.
- Your mother-in-law invites you to lunch and you just say NO.
- You’re back in the family rotation to take out the garbage.
- When you no longer have an urge to choke the person who says, “all you need to beat cancer is the right attitude.”
- When your dental floss runs out and you buy 1000 yards.
- When you use your toothbrush to brush your teeth and not comb your hair.
- You have a chance to buy additional life insurance but you buy a new convertible car instead.
- Your doctor tells you to lose weight and do something about your cholesterol and you actually listen.
- When your biggest annual celebration is again your birthday, and not the day you were diagnosed.
- When you use your Visa card more than your hospital parking pass.
“What if health-care providers spent an extra 40 seconds showing compassion for their patients? The scientific evidence may surprise you. Through his pioneering work in the field of ‘Compassionomics,’ Dr. Stephen Trzeciak has found that just 40 seconds of compassion can be a powerful therapy – not only for the receiver of compassion, but for the giver, too. It changes everything. In this TEDx talk, Dr. Trzeciak takes you on a journey through the evidence that compassion matters – in both meaningful and measurable ways. Science shows that compassionate care is beneficial for health (better patient outcomes), health-care systems and payers (lower costs), and health-care providers (lower burnout).”
“At the American Cancer Society, we’re on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we’ll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer — and better.”
Each month, the organization provides a very useful online newsletter. Here are some highlights from the August 2018 newsletter:
Monthly Giving Helps Us Continue Our Mission
This inspirational video is from a speech made by Randy Pausch at Carnegie Mellon University. To date, it has been viewed more than 19 million times. Sit back and watch. Note: It is 75 minutes long, so it may take a couple of viewings on your part. It is worth it!!
“Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. For more on Randy, visit: http://www.cmu.edu/randyslecture .”
Today’s presentation is the third of three of the most inspiring speeches that I have ever seen. The first one we shared was Jim Valvano’s ESPY speech. The second was Steve Jobs’ incredible commencement speech at Stanford University.