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.
Just when I think I’ve seen it all, I see something else that shocks me. In this video from 2014, a 46-year-old, milk-obsessed woman shares that she drinks 10 pints of milk a day! Sure, cow’s milk contains essential vitamins and minerals that are good for our bones and overall health such as calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D and vitamin B12, however, a recent study found evidence suggesting that women who drink cow’s milk may be at an increased risk of developing breast cancer.
Lung cancer was in the news recently! Conservative radio talk show personality Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 advanced lung cancer. (A few days later he was awarded the Medal of Freedom). While receiving this type of diagnosis is devastating, it sadly is an important reminder that lung cancer continues to kill more people than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.
For those who have no clue who Bob Marley is (which I’m sure is not many people), his full name was Robert Nesta Marley. He was a Jamaican singer and songwriter and one of the biggest influencers of reggae music. He was an ambassador for reggae all over the world. Unfortunately, in May of 1981, Bob Marley died at just 36-years-old from a rare form of skin cancer called acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM). I am fairly certain that prior to Marley’s death, many people were unaware of this type of skin cancer.
Many of you, like myself, may not have known that powerhouse sportscaster and Dancing With the Stars contestant Erin Andrews is a survivor of cervical cancer. Reportedly, Andrews was diagnosed back in 2016 and chose to keep this information private at the time. Despite such a scary diagnosis and doctors telling her to take it easy, she continued to work, never missing a football game.
If you haven’t checked out actress Jada Pinkett Smith’s mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris (formerly Banfield-Jones), Google her now! The 60-something Banfield-Norris is in such incredible shape that even her son-in-law, Will Smith, can’t believe it. Yes, she is beautiful. But what impresses me the most is how muscular her body is.
Just recently, civil rights leader and U.S. Democratic Representative John Lewis announced that he is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. (Unfortunately, stage 4 means that the cancer has spread). “Lewis, 79, said he was diagnosed following a routine medical visit with subsequent tests that reconfirmed the diagnosis. The long-time Georgia congressman will undergo treatment for the cancer,” according to this CNN report.
Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, according to the American Cancer Society. The Society estimates that in 2019 there will have been 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer and 31,620 deaths from prostate cancer. Furthermore, about one out of nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Lately, actor Keanu Reeves has been getting a fair amount of attention. And it’s because of the woman seen regularly by his side at red carpets and other events. This woman is his girlfriend, 46-year-old artist and philanthropist Alexandra Grant.
On Oct. 4, 2018, my doctor’s office called me at my son’s home in Tallahassee. The office had the results of the breast biopsy I’d had done the week before. I begged the nurse to tell me on the phone, though she wanted me to see my doctor on Monday. I made the appointment, but she did tell me the results: stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma.
I had my first colonoscopy when I turned 50 in 2010. So recently I decided I was due for a follow up since I am about to turn 60!
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