How to Donate Your Hair in 3 Simple Steps

Thinking about donating your hair? There are several organizations and programs that can turn your long locks into free or low-cost wigs for people with cancer. A wig can give self-confidence, strength, and hope to someone struggling with the emotional challenges of hair loss. Here’s how to make the kindest cut of all: 1. Choose where to send your hair. Every hair donation organization has its own mission and goals. Do a little research to make sure that you’re comfortable with who receives the wigs and how. For example, Pantene Beautiful…

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Breast Cancer Genes a Real Risk for Men, Too

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Few American men are screened for gene mutations that can greatly increase their risk of breast and other types of cancers, a new study reveals. BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations put women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancers, but these mutations also increase men’s risk for certain cancers. “If a male has a BRCA mutation, their risk of breast cancer increases 100-fold,” said senior study author Dr. Christopher Childers. He is a resident physician in the department of surgery at the…

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Coping With Stress When You Have Cancer

It should be no surprise that cancer treatment centers, hospitals, and outpatient clinics may sometimes feel like stressful environments. Stress is a frequent companion to cancer, and it needs to be acknowledged, even accepted. A cancer diagnosis affects a person’s relationships, productivity, and well-being. Medical appointments, treatment side effects, unforeseen costs, and worries about an uncertain future can create stress in the lives of people with cancer and of their caregivers. Knowing the physical signs of stress you experience can help one understand what’s caused a sore neck or a…

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How a False Alarm Affects Future Cancer Screenings

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A cancer scare could increase the chances that you’ll be diligent about recommended screenings in the future, a new study finds. People who got a false-positive result on a breast or prostate cancer screening test were more likely to adhere to screening guidelines for breast cancer and colon cancer going forward, researchers found. False-positive findings are initial results that suggest cancer but eventually turn out to be wrong. These scares are common. They affect about half of women who get annual mammograms; almost…

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How to Talk to Your Preschooler About Cancer

Brittany Sullivan is a 6-time alveolar soft part sarcoma survivor who advocates for cancer research. She writes about her ongoing experience with cancer on her blog, The Sullivan Story. Listen to Brittany and John Sullivan share their story in a Conquer Cancer podcast. I’ve had cancer 6 times throughout my life. First, as a small child, all the way to the present, as a 29-year-old mother. The hardest moments were the moments when I was contemplating how to tell my almost 3-year-old what would be happening. If a cancer diagnosis…

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Could a Tattoo Someday Spot Your Cancer?

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Tattoos serve many purposes, perhaps expressing artistry, loyalty or love. Now, scientists working with mice say they’ve engineered a medical “tattoo” that can screen for early signs of major disease. The biomedical tattoo is made up of cells embedded with sensors that measure levels of blood calcium. It’s initially invisible when implanted under the skin. But the sensors become apparent if blood calcium levels rise. This indicates a condition called hypercalcemia, which is a marker for several cancers and other major diseases. “Forty…

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Cancer Stage: 5 Important Reasons to Know Yours

Sue Chang, MD, FCAP, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, CA. Not sure what your cancer stage is or what it means? Now’s a great time to get informed, as even your health care team is learning new things about cancer staging. The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) recently released the latest edition of its cancer staging manual with new and updated staging for many types of cancer. Most cancer treatment centers started using the updated…

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Busting Myths Surrounding Cancer and Genetic Testing

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While only 5 percent to 10 percent of cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation, genetic testing may benefit people with a strong history of family cancer, an expert in genetics suggests. This is especially true in families with a history of breast, ovarian, prostate or pancreatic cancers (especially if you are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent), as well as colon and uterine cancers, said Monique Lubaton. She is a cancer genetic counselor at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore. Lubaton said there are many…

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Want to Help Beat Colon Cancer? Live Healthy

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More than 1.3 million Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer, but new research suggests that adopting a healthy lifestyle goes a long way toward boosting survival. The study followed nearly 1,000 patients with advanced colon cancer for an average of seven years. It found that people who ate right and exercised had a 42 percent lower risk of dying during the study period, compared to those who had less healthy lifestyles. The take-home message: “Having a health body weight, being physically active, and…

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Financial Power of Attorney and Cancer: Things to Know

Domna Antoniadis is a senior staff attorney with New York Legal Assistance Group’s Legal Health Unit, conducting legal clinics at Bellevue Hospital Cancer Center and as part of the Avon Metastatic Breast Cancer Project. She received her undergraduate degree from Fordham University and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She has co-authored and presented on patient navigation in the cancer setting, medical legal partnerships, and public health. Disclaimer: The information and materials made available in this blog are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of…

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