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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