Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mammograms find more than Breast Cancer.

Mammograms Do Double Duty! Mammography is one of the best ways to detect breast cancer early, but the routine scans may also be useful in picking up signs of kidney disease. X-ray based mammogram screenings expose calcium deposits - one of the by-products of malfunctioning kidneys - in the arteries of breast tissue. This was reported in the Feb 11th issue of Time magazine in the briefing section, Lab Reports, by Alice Park. This just adds to the reason to be sure to get your mammogram; Early detection of breast cancer and early detection of kidney disease. To your health Leigh

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Relay for Life, American Cancer Society Support!

It is Relay for Life time, Get your teams together and get signed up. This annual event to benefit the American Cancer Society is coming up the first of May and now is the time to start collecting sign ups and contributions.

There will be events from the 24 hour walk/run to Survivor walks.

This is one of the biggest Cancer events of the years and it supports ACS research for a cure for breast cancer as well as other cancers.

I will be walking for myself as a Survivor of breast cancer and for my best friend that past away 6 months ago from breast cancer. My sister will be walking (if she is well enough) as a survivor of bladder cancer.

If you do not have a team of your own contact your local hospital or doctors office and find one you can join.

WE can stop cancer through research. Join in now!

get more information here:

To your health!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bladder Cancer, What Now!

My sister just had her bladder removed last week due to bladder cancer. For 10 years she has had a cystoscopy starting at every 6 months to in the end having them every three months. She has gone through 2 sets of Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) treatments which did not make much difference. Luckily the cancer stayed a stage 1 for most of that time and only in the past year has become aggressive in its growth. It has gone from what the doctor described as broccoli to looking like a full forest.

I will be covering some of the information I have found out about this cancer from different web sites and also some of the trials and triumphs that have occurred.

This is the basic definition of BLADDER CANCER as defined by the site.

Bladder cancer is a type of cancer that begins in your bladder — a balloon-shaped organ in your pelvic area that stores urine. Bladder cancer begins most often in the cells that line the inside of the bladder. Bladder cancer typically affects older adults, though it can occur at any age.
The great majority of bladder cancers are diagnosed at an early stage — when bladder cancer is highly treatable. However, even early-stage bladder cancer is likely to recur. For this reason, bladder cancer survivors often undergo follow-up tests to look for bladder cancer recurrence for years after treatment.

If you have been diagnosed with bladder cancer please ask your doctor questions. He or she should be your first line of action. But never be afraid to look to others for more information. The internet has a wealth of information and support groups across the country can help answer questions also.

Good Health to us all!

This information in not medical advise and is information only. Please discuss any questions with your doctor.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Women, Coffee and Stroke Risk!

According to an article published online Thursday in the American Heart Association Journal Stroke, women who enjoy a daily dose of coffee may be lowering their risk of stroke.
Women in a Swedish study who drank at least a cup of coffee everyday had a 22-25 percent lower risk of stroke, compared to those who drank less coffee or none at all.
"Coffee drinkers should rejoice. Coffee is often made out to be potentially bad for your heart. There really hasn't been any study that convincingly said coffee is bad", said Dr Sharonne N Hayes, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "If you are drinking coffee now, you may be doing some good and you are likely not doing harm," she added.
The study shouldn't send non-coffee drinkers running to their local coffee shop. The study doesn't prove that coffee lowers stroke risk, only that coffee drinkers tend to have a lower stroke risk.
Well, I am headed to Starbucks for my daily cup of coffe, have a good one.
Good health and wealth to all,