Chief International Anchor for CNN Christiane Amanpour recently and bravely shared with the world that she is battling ovarian cancer. "I've had successful major surgery to remove it, and I'm now undergoing several months of chemotherapy for the very best possible long-term prognosis, and I'm confident," she said, according to this CNN report.
I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Lawrence Meadows, brother of popular broadcast journalist Craig Melvin. At just 39-years-old, Meadows was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer back in 2016. He lost the battle against this devastating cancer in December of 2020 at the age of 43. It is quite haunting that actor Chadwick Boseman passed before Meadows at the same age due to having colon cancer as well. And when I think about these young men, I also think about my own brother who died of this cancer at the age of 65.
I think I speak for many people when I say that I am still devastated by the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer almost one year ago at the age of 43. His death was a shock, because he was young, appeared to be in good physical shape and even played a superhero when he starred in the film Black Panther. Colon cancer (also sometimes called colorectal cancer), however, is being found in younger people (under the age of 50).
Usually, when people think of a low-fat, low-sugar diet, they think of deprivation and maybe even how they might feel hungry if they follow such a diet. When we think of “cutting calories,” we tend to think of all that we can’t have. In reality, it’s really about replacing with healthier foods.
I write a lot about cancer prevention and how adopting healthy lifestyle habits, such as eating a nutrient-dense diet and exercising regularly, may assist with this. I will revisit this with you as it pertains to pancreatic cancer, but after hearing about the death of Siegfried Fischbacher, I wanted to do some investigating to see if there is something new and perhaps widely unheard of about this type of cancer.
My first reaction to my stage 3 cancer diagnosis was not “Why me?” It was: “OK, so, what is the solution here and what is the next step?” I think my being so matter of fact and solution-focused about the diagnosis may have startled my doctors somewhat. In fact, one of them later told me that 90 percent of cancer patients react to this type of news with a combination of incredulity and fear. “Why is this happening to me?” is usually the response of many patients. I simply refused to be fearful of this disease. I made the decision there and then that I would do all I could to help my mind, body and spirit work together as a team in order for my body to beat the cancer.
John Daly, who is 54-years-old, said that he is still shocked by his diagnosis but remains hopeful, as his bladder cancer was caught early. The golf champ has been a smoker and admitted to having a diet soda habit.
How could this have happened to someone so young, so accomplished and someone who appeared to be in great physical shape? Recent research has shown that rates of colorectal cancer (which is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum) have been on the rise and continue to rise in younger populations.
Receiving a cancer diagnosis has to be one of the scariest things that can happen to you in life. The uncertainty. The lack of control. The feeling of being absolutely helpless. When it comes to cancer, one person’s prognosis may be very different from the next person’s, however, exercise may be just the ‘medicine’ someone with cancer needs.
The American Cancer Society recently updated their guidelines regarding diet and physical activity in regards to preventing cancer (the last update was conducted in 2012). Changes to the guidelines include recommendations to get more physical activity, eating less or no processed meat or red meat and avoiding alcohol or drinking less of it.
May is skin cancer awareness month. And with all 50 states taking initiatives towards reopening, people are finally out and about in the sun. What better time to discuss skin cancer and sun protection?
It is usually recommended that persons like myself who have an average risk of colorectal cancer, should start getting colonoscopies at age 50. And then if all looks good, get one every 10 years.
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