Thursday, July 25, 2013

African Americans at bottom of statistical cancer heap

African Americans continue to lag behind in most cancer survival statistics.  Breast cancer and multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer) are two of the worst.  Seems to be a combination of economics, lack of access to specialists in the inner city; with maybe a cultural aspect thrown-in.  The bottom line:  Both government and industry need to try and get it straightened-out!

Why breast cancer kills more black women: They’re sicker


July 23, 2013


Karen Jackson, founder and CEO of Sisters Network Inc, believes African-American women need more education about breast cancer.

Doctors and policymakers have known for years that African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. Studies have offered all sorts of clues – there may be genetic differences, there may be disparities in getting medical care, black women may get inferior treatment, and blacks may simply avoid doctors more.

This latest study, done using a new method, shows not only that the differences are still there, years after experts first began to notice them -- it also shows that black women are in poorer shape overall than whites when they are diagnosed.

“They come in sicker, with more advanced disease and more chronic conditions,” says Dr. Jeffrey Silber of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who led the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “The disparity looks to be unchanged over the past few decades.”

Read more by clicking on the link below:

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/why-breast-cancer-kills-more-black-women-theyre-sicker-6C10722276

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

Friday, July 19, 2013

Say it ain't so; Omega 3s may not be as healthy as previously thought

This is last week's news, but that doesn't make it any less important. Check-out this Time.com headline recently:

Hold the salmon: omega-3 fatty acids linked to higher risk of cancer


Here's the link:

 http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/12/health/salmon-cancer-time

Still, keep in mind that 43% or even 71% of an incredibly small percentage doesn't result in a very high risk after all.  And compared to the benefit of consuming Omega 3's for heart health, I'm not sure men should avoid fish oil supplements.  Seems to me the rewards far outweigh the risks.  Maybe like all supplements, just don't go overboard?  But eating salmon twice a week is absolutely good for you!  Now fish oil capsules; who knows?  But I have trouble believing that one or two fish oil capsules a day is going to cause anyone to develop cancer.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

Monday, July 8, 2013

I'M BACK!

No posts since May?  If this were a personal blog and I were writing about my own cancer (which I do at HelpWithCancer.org (HWC) and MultipleMyelomaBlog.com (MMB) daily, that would be a mistake.  A big mistake!

I feel that anyone who blogs for any reason other than to journal on a personal medical website like CaringBridge--and probably even then--owes his or her readers to post on a reliable schedule.  It may only be once a week or even once a month.  But if a blogger posts several blogs a day and then stops for a week - without explanation - that can be a scary thing for family members, friends and followers.  It's my pet blogging peeve!  I have blogged every day for over three years--and every other day or so for several years before that--and plan to continue until my lovely wife places my ashes on the mantel!

But this isn't a personal site as such.  It's more informational.  A sight to pass-along cancer news from an experienced patient's perspective.  So I took a few months off to get my head straight and have my right hip replaced. 

But I'm back and promise not to ever leave such a cavernous gap in service again!  Instead, I may decide to incorporate CancerNews.US into my HWC site; that is if my friend and tech volunteer, Robb, can figure-out how to integrate two different blogging platforms.

All that aside, I'm back and ready to pass-along important cancer related news; important research updates, sensational celebrity cancer related news and everything in-between. 

In the meantime, you may want to check-out yesterday's HWC post about the hottest news in cancer treatment: immunotherapies.  Here's the link:

http://helpwithcancer.org/2013/07/could-immunotherapy-make-chemo-obsolete-dont-hold-your-breath.html

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat