As I mentioned yesterday, here it’s that time of year again: October. Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While the topic of my post then was how antivaccine activists have tried to glom on to the attention that Breast Cancer Awareness Month gets in order to create their fake “awareness month” known as “Vaccine Injury Awareness Month,” unfortunately antivaccinationists are not the only quacks who take advantage of the various “awareness” months to peddle their quackery. Naturally, because Breast Cancer Awareness Month is one of the oldest and definitely the best known of these various disease awareness times, it’s not surprising that cancer quacks really like it. For instance, Mike Adams has been known to use October to attack various conventional cancer treatments. So has Dan Olmsted and promoters of alternative breast cancer cures. This year, first off the mark (or at least first off the mark that I’ve noticed) is Leonard Coldwell. On … [Read more...] about And so it begins: Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings out the cancer quacks
Colon cancer awareness month
Various advocacy interests have proclaimed November as the national (or global) awareness month for stomach cancer, osteoporosis, pancreatic cancer, prematurity, lung cancer, bladder health, Alzheimer’s disease, home health, family caregivers, and hospice/palliative care. 3D Animation of C-diffAnd for the past four years, you’ve also been asked in November to heighten your awareness of Clostridium difficile — or “C. diff” for short. The campaign is spearheaded by the C Diff Foundation. C. diff is an opportunistic bacterium that most commonly infects older adults who’ve been hospitalized, institutionalized, or had prolonged exposure to antibiotics. Community-acquired cases are also starting to emerge. The CDC estimates it infects just under half a million Americans each year, and can result in a full range of symptoms from moderate diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. But it’s not the science or statistics of the infection … [Read more...] about Oh sh–! Almost forgot it’s C. diff Awareness Month!
Recent reports reveal that actress Olivia Newton-John is battling cancer for the third time since she was first diagnosed in 1992. Since that first diagnosis, Newton-John has been a tireless advocate for cancer research and breast cancer screenings. But she’s not the only one.The singers, actors, media personalities and other celebs listed in the following slides are all cancer survivors, and they’ve all talked openly about what their own battles with cancer have been like. Click through and be inspired by their strength and spirit. Jane Fonda While promoting the fourth season of her Netflix series, “Grace and Frankie,” actress Jane Fonda was seen with bandages on her face. The Oscar award-winning actress and activist explained that a doctor had recently removed a cancerous growth from her lip. In a playful Instagram post, Fonda posed with co-star Lily Tomlin, her hand placed over her mouth. The caption read: “With Lily in NY. I’ve found a … [Read more...] about Celebrities who have battled cancer
Fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo, a survivor of colon cancer, vowed Saturday to continue advocating for more research and early screening — all while making awareness of the disease a bit more glamorous. “I could use my platform, the runway, to make talking about colon cancer more fashionable,” said Valvo, who was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 49. “We are at the stage where breast cancer advocacy was 15 years ago. No one used to talk about breast cancer the way they do now.” Valvo, 64, internationally acclaimed for creating gowns and cocktail dresses for all kinds of occasions, was the keynote speaker at a celebration of nearly 3,000 cancer survivors who gathered at Northwell Health System’s Monter Cancer Center in Lake Success. The annual event is sponsored by the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation, which funds cancer research, education and patient support. The party took place under a white tent with dance music, balloons, … [Read more...] about Northwell Health hosts celebration for cancer survivors
Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society (ACS) is now advising that everyone should undergo their first colon cancer screening at age 45, instead of the previously determined age 50. If everyone over the age of 45 were regularly screened, it might be possible to reduce deaths associated with colorectal cancer by as much as 60 percent. Many women believe that colorectal cancer is a disease that affects more men than women, so they might not be aware of or believe they need to follow current screening recommendations. National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month wants to spread the word that colorectal cancer affects men and women equally and that screening saves lives.Joel Retsky, MD, Gastroenterologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem, shares some important information about colorectal cancer everyone should know, men and women:Your risk increases with age. More than 90% of colorectal … [Read more...] about New Screening Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer