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Lung Cancer Facts and Tips:

Lung cancer, the No. 1 cancer killer, claims the lives of approximately 435 people in the United States every day. In fact, more women die of lung cancer each year than breast, ovarian and uterine cancers combined. While lung cancer is curable with surgery in its early stages, most people are given diagnoses of lung cancer after symptoms develop, when the disease is often advanced and resistant to treatment.


Now, however, there is good evidence that we can reduce the number of people who die of this devastating disease. A recent study called the National Lung Screening Trial proved that we do that by using a low-dose CT scan to detect early stage lung cancer. The study showed that in older people, both current and former heavy smokers, annual screening reduced the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent.


Dozens of medical organizations, including the United States Preventive Services Task Force, now recommend CT lung screening for high-risk individuals. Approximately nine million Americans meet the task force's criteria for high risk: current smokers between 55 and 80 who have smoked, on average, at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years, or former smokers in that age range who smoked that much and quit within the last 15 years. The recommendation carries significant weight. And the screenings will be more affordable for those who want them because the Affordable Care Act requires that all private insurers cover CT lung screening for those at high risk with no co-pay, starting in January 2015.


Many hospitals have started successful CT lung screening programs. Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass., has offered CT lung screening since January 2012. We provide the exam free to all qualified high-risk individuals. Over the past two and half years we have screened more than 2,500 men and women and have detected more than 40 cases of lung cancer. Three out of four of these lung cancers have been Stage I, the most curable stage of the disease.


CT lung screening is also offered free at several Connecticut hospitals in the Hartford HealthCare system. The hospitals range from a large, urban 867-bed academic medical center to a small, 144-bed hospital serving a more rural population. Over the last 10 months, this diverse group of hospitals has performed more than 600 CT lung screening exams with early results matching those of the national trial.


Source:

Connecticut Cancer Partnership



Cervical Cancer Facts and Tips:

Did you know that Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women? Since the Pap test was created, the death rate of cervical cancer has decreased by 50% in the last 30 years. taking a Pap test can prevent cervical cancer by finding and treating precancerous lesions.


Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines can prevent a substantial number of cervical cancers. Studies show the vaccine could prevent up to 70% of cervical cancers. Together, testing and vaccination could prevent more than 9 out of 10 (93 percent) cervical cancers in the US!


The CDC statement on HPV vaccines says:

HPV vaccines are given as a series of three shots over 6 months to protect against HPV infection and the health problems that HPV infection can cause.


Two vaccines (Cervarix and Gardasil) protect against cervical cancers in women. One vaccine (Gardasil) also protects against genital warts and cancers of the anus, vagina and vulva. Both vaccines are available for females. Only Gardasil is available for males.


HPV vaccines offer the best protection to girls and boys who receive all three vaccine doses and have time to develop an immune response before being sexually active with another person. In addition to girls and boys aged 11 or 12 years, HPV vaccines are also recommended for teen boys and girls who did not get the vaccine when they were younger, teen girls and young women through age 26, as well as teen boys and young men through age 21 and others at high risk.


The American Cancer Society has published the following cervical cancer screening guidelines:

Women ages 21 to 29 should have a Pap test every three years.


Women ages 30 to 65 should have a Pap test and HPV test (called "co-testing") every five years. This is the preferred approach, but it is okay to have a Pap test alone every three years.


Women over 65 who have had regular screening in the previous 10 years should stop cervical cancer screening as long as they haven't had any serious pre-cancers found in the last 20 years.


Women who have had their uterus and cervix removed for reasons not related to cervical cancer, and don't have a history of cervical cancer or serious pre-cancer, should not be tested.


Source:

Connecticut Cancer Partnership



Breast Cancer Facts and Tips:

I am asking one to be pro active with your health, both men and women, breast cancer is not just a female disease, but also male. According to the Hospital of Central Connecticut, every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. But with your support, contributions & awareness there is hope those statistics will fall.

 

According to Maggie Gardner, a cancer survivor, to reduce the impact on the already stressful lives of those who are and will be facing this disease, we also need to focus on basic needs for those who are suffering on both front. Much more needs to be done to address this dark forgotten area.

 

HOW TO PREFORM SELF BREAST EXAMINATION:

 

Lie down. Your right arm should be behind your head and your right shoulder on a pillow.

 

Begin by using your left fingertips. In a circular motion press down covering the entire breast.

 

Use a light medium and firm pressure looking for firm fixed lumps, hard lumps or lumps with irregular borders.

 

Squeeze nipple, check for discharge.

 

Repeat steps for your left breast.

 

Examine breasts monthly to be aware of what is normal and what is not. By T.H.O.C.C Just to add please get your mammogram, ultra sound or an MRI if you have to. If you suspect some thing is not right please follow through, do not take no for an answer.