According to a study by the World Health Organization, one in 12 women in urban India will develop cancer in their lifetime. Approximately 40 per cent of new cases of cancer in India afflict women. In the past decade, breast cancer has overtaken cervical cancer as the most common cancer among women in Indian cities such as Mumbai and Delhi. Also, India has the highest rate of cervical cancer in the world. One in every 10 cancer deaths worldwide is in urban India. What’s more alarming, 75-80 per cent of patients are in advanced stages of the disease at the time of diagnosis.
Visit http://www.csrtindia.org to get more information about cancer screening.
If you are seeking information on cancer, the Internet is your best option. Here are a few useful websites:
This website hosted by the Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR) is a collection of online communities that provide accurate information n a supportive environment
The website of the American Cancer Society is focused on research and education, patient and community services and patient-based program
The website provides information on its various activities, branches and other useful cancer links
This website has been created by Steve Dunn, a cancer survivor, and covers individual experiences and a collection of articles on medical literature, clinical trails, cancer statistics, etc
The Gujarat Cancer Society (GCS) website provides substantial cancer-related information and case studies
The focuses on the program of the National Institute of Health, USA, coordinating a national research program on cancer causes and prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment
A comprehensive website from the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center that contains information regarding sites, treatment and emotional support as well as current articles, literature and research information
This website provides basic information through a series of articles, forums, a newsletter and a chat room
The National Association of Breast Cancer Organizations, USA, provides information and assistance to patients and family members
The Centre for Cervical Health provided information on Pap tests, useful information and resources
The Vulvar Pain Foundation provides information on treatment, support and research and promotes awareness
This site provides information on ovarian cancer, its symptoms and treatment
A support site for ovarian cancer, it offers details about women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and the survivors
Do you have pain, fatigue, spasm or lymphedema after breast surgery, consider try Kinesio Tex Gold Tape for pain control and increase motor movement.
Treatment for breast cancer can be challenging to manage and distressing for patients at times. Kinesiology tape has traditionally been used in sports injuries and is considered effective in improving lymph drainage.
The tape is applied to the breast or chest wall for 3-5 days at a time. You can shower and go about your regular routine.
For those of you, trying it for the first time monitor your tissue for redness or allergy. And also measure your lymphedema for decrease in size. If you are like me, you will love it. It has helped me get back to my life and stops the pain in its tracks. The slogan is “taping movement, not muscles”.
Remember using kinesiology tape in more challenging areas of the body, ask for a assessment by a healthcare professional.
The most dangerous aspect of melanoma is its ability, in later stages, to spread (or metastasize) to other parts of the body. The term ‘metastatic melanoma’, also known as stage IV melanoma, is used when melanoma cells of any kind (cutaneous, mucosal or ocular) have spread through the lymph nodes to distant sites in the body and/or to the body’s organs. The liver, lungs, bones and brain are most often affected by these metastases.
As with other cancers, metastases occur when the melanoma is not caught in the early stages. Oftentimes, symptoms only become present once it is has already spread. Once melanoma has spread, determining the original type is nearly impossible – which makes planning the right treatment extremely difficult. Early detection is crucial.
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Top foods to cut cancer risk
Recommended Foods in Dr. Farquhar’s@ Stanford Hospital “Best Diet Ever”
Soy – 8-10 grams tofu, soy nuts, soy milk or edamame a day to help prevent breast and prostate cancer.
Berries – one cup per day for antioxidants to help ward off cell damage that can lead to cancer and other diseases.
Broccoli – 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli or other cruciferous veggies a day to aid in prevention of colorectal cancer.
Onions – 1/4 cup of onions, garlic, leeks or shallots for several anti-cancer agents.
Tomatoes – 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw tomatoes three times a week to help prevent prostate cancer. Adding three daily servings of “rainbow vegetables” (red, orange, yellow, white, green or purple) provides even more disease-preventing micronutrients.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
A reminder – October 13 is National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
October 13 is the ONE day of the WHOLE Breast Cancer Awareness Month that calls attention to those who have died (40,000 annually) and the 150,000 LIVING with this incurable disease in the US.
Here are some important facts from: http://mbcn.org/…/
13 Facts Everyone Should Know about Metastatic Breast Cancer
1. No one dies from breast cancer that remains in the breast. Metastasis occurs when cancerous cells travel to a vital organ and that is what threatens life.
2. Metastasis refers to the spread of cancer to different parts of the body, typically the bones, liver, lungs and brain.
3. An estimated 155,000 Americans are currently living with metastatic breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer accounts for approximately 40,000 deaths annually in the U.S.
4. Treatment for metastatic breast cancer is lifelong and focuses on control of the disease and quality of life.
5. About 6% to 10% of people are Stage IV from their initial diagnosis.
6. Early detection does not guarantee a cure. Metastatic breast cancer can occur 5, 10 or 15 years after a person’s original diagnosis and successful treatment checkups and annual mammograms.
7. 20% to 30% of people initially diagnosed with early stage disease will develop metastatic breast cancer.
8. Young people, as well as men, can be diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
9. Like early stage breast cancer, there are different types of metastatic breast cancer.
10. Treatment choices are guided by breast cancer type, location and extent of metastasis in the body, previous treatments and other factors.
11. Metastatic breast cancer is not an automatic death sentence. Although most people will ultimately die of their disease, some will live long and productive lives.
12. There are no definitive prognostic statistics for metastatic breast cancer. Every patient and their disease is unique.
13. To learn more about National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 13 and to access resources specifically for people living with metastatic breast cancer and their caregivers, visit www.mbcn.org
Here is a list of suggestions that will help you or friend or love on navigate an unexpected journey of breast cancer with support from your friends and family.
1. Be a good listener.
2. Volunteer to be her support person to agree to attend MD visits, along with chemo or radiation treatment days with the patient.
3. Help her, education herself on Cancer.
4. Help her through the many wanting periods.
5. Help her management her questions that she would like to ask her medical team.
6. Help create gift box items, such as new wig ,pretty scarves, her favorite lotion (non-scent) and gift cards.
7. Offer to be her workout partner, start out slow with some little walking and follow up with a yoga classes. ( It will help with pain and relax your love one)
8. Create a chemo kit, and keep track of her medication or make a list of questions to ask her MD about her medication, & purchase inspirational books/poems/cd’s, a smooth stone engraved, (smile, happiness, love and etc), friends can make their love one a quilt, picture collage or offer a gift certificate.
9. Attend a support group with your love one.
10. Stay connected with your love ones as days fade away, when she is in remission. She really is not clear entirely and can only claim to be cancer-free after 5 years. However, within this timeframe she could have numerous remission.
11. Don’t avoid the taboo to discuss cancer, we would love to education you on this topic.
12. Be patient when a friend is tired or depressed…. If you see these lows and down behavior on your own, with your love one, Whom is under great pressure with the many areas of her life that is touched by cancer, have them call a social worker to get in touch with their feelings or a breast cancer support group ( It takes 2- 4 years to get over the fear of having cancer)
13. Remember to accept her along her cancer journey.
14. Pass along the Love. (It helps people live longer)