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From the Physician’s Desk …

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, OCT 2012 comes to an end. This month was filled with meaning to so many … the color Pink resonate deeply for most during this time. But why was Pink chosen? Why not Yellow or Orange? What is the meaning of Pink?

The color pink, created by combining white and red, is the color most often associated with femininity and baby girls. “In the pink” is a phrase that means Feeling Good and Doing Well. Shakespeare used the word pink to describe a feeling as well.

The color pink represents Compassion, Nurturing and Love, as well as Self-Worth, Tenderness, Caring and Acceptance.  These are traits that our world can use – male, female, old, young, black or white … and all ethnicities in between.

People exposed to the color pink exhibit Less Stress, Less Violence and Less Aggression…(YES please!) It is also one reason that some prisons make their inmates wear pink uniforms and live in pink cells. Do you know of a Prison in the USA that does this?

Pink flowers project Joy, Innocence and Youth. Pink carnations are a token of Gratitude. Giving pink roses is a gesture of Admiration and such arrangements represent Joy and Happiness.

For the “macho males” remember there are many shades of pink … there are several that will not threaten your masculinity.  Personally, I too dislike the “pepto bismol” pink.

PINK = Feeling Good, Doing Well, Compassion, Nurture, Love, Self-Worth, Tenderness, Caring, Acceptance, Innonence, Youth, Gratitude, Admiration, Joy and Happiness! Why limit Pink to just October?

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From the Physician’s Desk…

Hello Everyone! Thank you for your participation in this week’s Blog Polls!  Here are the answers as taken from American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) information sites.

What is the leading cause of Cancer Deaths in men in the USA?  LUNG Cancer

Every year, cancer claims the lives of nearly 300,000 men in America. Men can reduce their risk for several of the most common kinds of cancer.

Lung Cancer: Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke

  • More men in the United States die from Lung Cancer than any other kind of cancer, and cigarette smoking causes most cases.
  • Smoking also causes cancers of the esophagus, larynx (voice box), mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach, and acute myeloid leukemia.
  • Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondary smoke at home or work increase their lung cancer risk by 20%–30%. Concentrations of many cancer-causing and toxic chemicals are higher in secondhand smoke than in the smoke inhaled by smokers.

What percent of Males in America are diagnosed with Breast Cancer? ~1% or less.

  • The most recent American Cancer Society estimates for breast cancer in men in the United States are for 2012: 1. About 2,190 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men 2. About 410 men will die from breast cancer
  • Breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. The number of breast cancer cases in men relative to the population has been fairly stable over the last 30 years.
  • The prognosis (outlook) for men with breast cancer was once thought to be worse than that for women, but recent studies have not found this to be true. In fact, men and women with the same stage of breast cancer have a fairly similar outlook for survival.

How is Breast Cancer treated in Males?

Depending on the stage, it is usually the same as for Women. Breast Cancer involves the breast tissue, which is the same in males, except less of it.

Which of the following is the most COMMON Cancer Diagnosis in Men in the USA? Prostate Cancer

  • Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The latest American Cancer Society estimates for prostate cancer in the United States are for 2012: 1. About 241,740 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed. 2. About 28,170 men will die of prostate cancer
  • About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
  • Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men. Nearly two thirds are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 67.
  • Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. In fact, more than 2.5 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.

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From the Physician’s Desk… 

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YES, YES, YES … males do get breast cancer too!  Male Breast Cancer accounts for a small percent of Breast Cancer Diagnosis.  I know pink is not the most “masculine” color but there are many shades of pink.

Gentlemen, if you notice a NEW lump on your “chest wall” that is only on one side, firm (feels like a frozen pea), any skin changes, nipple discharge, pain … get in to see your doctor! You do not have to experience ALL the symptoms – a new lump is

Male Breast Cancer Ribbon

suspicious, nipple discharge is unusual … even if you just started a new “work-out/Gym” plan, have someone check it out! Ladies – check out your husband and boyfriend. Sometime, they tend to ignore these things. If caught early, Breast Cancers in Male is very treatable Cancer!  See Cancer Questions below about Cancer in males …

Visit my website for FREE Cancer information www.LegacyEducators.comand watch anatomically correct , short (2-5min) videos about Cancer and its treatments!

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Thanks to all for your participation!

The response to the polls and correct answers are as follows;

1. Do you think our society is “overdoing it” with painting the town Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness?

A: It was UNANIMOUS that women are still dying from Breast Cancer and we still need all the help we can get! (Thanks everyone for your positivity and support!)

Cancer Ribbon Colors

Cancer Ribbon Colors

2. If someone is wearing Baby Blue or Black Ribbon, do you know which cancers they represent?

A: The correct answer is Prostate (Baby/light Blue) and Skin/Melanoma (Black Ribbon).  The leading answer in the poll was Colon and Prostate. See the chart for other common cancer ribbon colors.

3. Which of the following is the leading cause of Death in Women in the USA?

A: The Correct choice is Lung Cancer. Breast is the leading Cancer Diagnosis in Women, but not the leading cause of death. More people in USA died from Lung Cancer than any other type. This is true for both men and women. visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer for more information

4. Which of the following is the leading Cancer Diagnosis in Women.

A: The correct and Unanimous choice is Breast! Good job!

I hope you found this poll fun and educational!  Visit our Free Cancer Education website http://www.LegacyEducators.com to watch brief anatomically correct videos about the basics of Cancer and other medical procedures…

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From the Physician Desk…

Pink Represent Breast Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a Radiation Oncologist, I participate in Breast Cancer Care and I am actively involved in Educating the community at large about all types of Cancers.

I am known throughout different circles as the family friendly “Cancer Doc” so it is quite common for folks to randomly start a conversation about everything and anything Cancer. No problem mon;-) Most comments are positive, but then there are the “pickles” who think that there is too much pink/emphasis on Breast Cancer or that they are being ‘duped’ by all the marketing fanfare. Hhhmm. In a recent conversation, a female neighbor notes that,  “There are pink ribbons everywhere! Every time I purchase something, it mentions a donation to some Breast Cancer Research group. Are they truly getting all that money?  My friend says they have enough money now…so why should she donate any more? It seems like a scam.”

Startling assessment. I think we are FAR from doing enough or having enough in Breast Cancer research or any other Cancer Research for that matter…so much still needs to be accomplished. The truth is, as long as I continue to see patients for Cancer Treatments…there is more to be done. What do you think?

Respond Anonymously below and also test your knowledge on the additional 3 Poll Questions.

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