Star Survivors Help, Hinder Breast Cancer Awareness

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Komen for the Cure. “When a celebrity comes out about their experience with breast cancer, it really invigorates the conversation,” Healey says. “People start talking about it again.” But it is important for people to not base their breast cancer treatment on the experiences of celebrities. “Sometimes celebrities, in trying to help people have a positive experience and outcome like they did, say: ‘Oh no, don’t do that. Do what I did,’ ” Healey says.

Photographer helps cancer survivors heal with underwater pictures

Her father had come to visit during a family reunion, and they were traveling together when the car accident happened. She was knocked out and was in danger of losing her vision and her left arm as a result of her injuries. “Even after 12 years, I have a hard time realizing what had happened because I didn’t see anything and I don’t remember,” she explained. The photographer started an Indiegogo campaign and partnered with with the goal of raising $17,000 so she could shoot 10 cancer survivors underwater. Even though she didn’t make her 30-day goal, she raised a bit over $10,000 and decided to go ahead with the project. Ideally, she’d like to shoot seven subjects with the money.
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Dempsey’s Fundraiser Raises $1.1M for Cancer

Nearly 4,000 participants took part in the fifth annual Dempsey Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, raising $1.1 million for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. The final tally is expected to grow to more than $1.2 million. More than 1,100 cyclists rode routes ranging from 10 to 100 miles on Sunday, with the actor making an appearance during the event’s closing ceremony. Dempsey, a native of Buckfield, plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” He launched the Dempsey Challenge after his mother’s experience with cancer. He founded the Dempsey Center in 2008. Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer.
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Get the facts: Breast Cancer Awareness month

Hispanic women are less likely than their non-Hispanic white peers to get breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). RELATED: WALKING AN HOUR A DAY CAN REDUCE BREAST CANCER RISK: STUDY Nevertheless, the disease is less frequently discovered in Latinas at the earliest stages. Thats likely due to fewer Hispanic women getting mammograms or following up on abnormalities they might detect themselves, ACS said. Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow and invade healthy tissue in the body, forming a lump or a mass called a tumor. Each year, over 220,000 women in the U.S.
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Misuse of Radiation Therapy In Prostate Cancer Patients

After reviewing 2006-2009 Medicare data on more than 3,000 men with advanced prostate cancer, researchers found that only 3 percent were receiving the appropriate radiation doses for pain. Despite continued evidence that only one radiation fraction, or treatment, is needed to control pain, more than half of the men reviewed had undergone more than 10 fractions. “The JAMA article requires careful attention,” said Dr. Samadi. “Clearly, excessive treatment is not good for patients or the healthcare system.
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