Friday, March 6, 2015

Cancer 411

Facts about Cancer, Breast Cancer, Cancer Treatments

Facts about Cancer, Breast Cancer, Cancer Treatments
MHARI SCOTT / Daily News
MHARI SCOTT / Daily News
The American Cancer Society estimates that 70,110 Pennsylvanians will be diagnosed with cancer this year. For each of those people, finding his or her way past fear is job number 1. And job number 2 is learning everything possible about the battle ahead.

Advances in medicine have made these common treatments easier on patients.

BREAST CANCER
The latest information about breast cancer treatment - and what's on the horizon.
Today, 65-year-old Novella Lyons of Germantown is a mover and shaker in cancer circles. She founded and runs Women of Faith and Hope, a support group for black women who have breast cancer.
PROSTATE CANCER
The latest information about prostate cancer treatment - and what's on the horizon.
When John Donahue of Newtown, Bucks County, was a child, "cancer" was an ugly word, never mentioned in the presence of children. But Donahue, 66, turned to his family for support during his bout with prostate cancer last year, and he found himself having tough conversations with everyone — even his young grandson.
LUNG CANCER
The latest information about lung cancer treatment - and what's on the horizon.
When Bobbie Palmer of Yardley turned 50 last year, she went for a routine physical exam, expecting to learn that she had high cholesterol. Instead, she found out that she had advanced lung cancer. So she put on her gloves, and she fought.
COLORECTAL CANCER
The latest information about colorectal cancer treatment - and what's on the horizon.
After confirming that he had colon cancer, Karl Biegert's doctor presented him with two options: Deal with it immediately or die slowly. Treatment may have been a no-brainer, though there were setbacks along his road to recovery.
CHILDHOOD CANCERS
The latest information about childhood cancer treatment - and what's on the horizon.
In most ways, Alex Potter is your run-of-the-mill college junior: He's 21, studies marketing at St. Joseph's University, and isn't sure what he wants to do with his life after graduation. He's also a young survivor.

The war on cancer is fought on three fronts.

There's treatment: the cancer-fighting surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and medicines that doctors and hospitals provide. That's one front.

The other two — prevention and early detection — depend largely on you.

Americans are getting better at early detection, and that's a good thing, says Dr. Richard Wender, chairman of family and community medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and immediate past president of the American Cancer Society. "Isn't it wonderful to be a polyp survivor instead of a cancer survivor?"

But we still have a long way to go. Especially among blacks, some deadly cancers aren't being caught early enough, and higher death rates persist.

With cancer prevention, many of us are obsessing too much over antioxidants and missing the big picture, Wender says. By far, the two most important things you can do to give yourself an edge over cancer are to quit smoking and lose weight.

"People keep asking us, 'What can I eat to avoid cancer?' " Wender says. "It's not what you eat, it's what you don't eat that helps you avoid cancer."

More to the point, it's how much you eat. Wender says 30 different cancers have been linked to being overweight.

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