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minded that a friend in her 50s had a Radical Mastectomy last week, having chosen to have a Lumpectomy &sSeveral Scrapes previously to avoid a Mastectomy we can but hope the delay she brought on herself does not prove fatal!

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That another friend is sheduled to have some 12″ of bowel, the Ascending Colon, removed to remove several sites of early stage cancer later today, and will be returning sometime later to have various less ominous polyps removed from the Colon – he can with some justification be more optimistic having discovered the problem early from the national bi-annual bowel screening & a resultant Colonoscopy.

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Also another friend just 50, 10 days ago had her Ovaries and part of her Fallopian Tubes + her Uterus removed, due to pre-cancerous Cysts

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There’s a lot of it about!

Looking out for the symptoms & not just detecting it early but dealing with it as soon as possible, prefferably in its early stages, offers the best chances of survival!

How to Check if You Have a Lump on Your Breast

Follow this step-by-step guide to perform a breast self-examination.

Breast cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer among women, and every year the number of deaths from it increases.

So what’s a gal to do? The best bet is to learn how to perform a breast self-exam accurately and trust your instincts if you think something isn’t right. The self-exam may identify an undetected lump, while a screening can highlight previously undetected issues.

Research on the best way to detect breast cancer early varies. But the low-tech breast self-exam, if performed accurately, can aid in the detection of breast cancer, as do routine mammograms.

Breast self-exam steps

Doctors recommend performing a monthly breast self-exam about five days after your period starts so that your breasts won’t be tender.

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1. Take a good look.

Standing in front of the mirror, scan your breasts for any changes in size, color or shape. Hold your arms by your side, then raise them up and do the same scan.

Make an appointment with your doctor if you notice any of the following:
• Rash or swelling
• Bloody discharge coming from the nipples
• Odd dimples, puckering or bulging underneath the skin
• A nipple that has changed position or become retracted
• Lump or a hard nodule
• Veins on one breast that are larger than the other

2. Do a touch test lying down.

Lying down, use your right hand to examine your left breast. Your breast should be as flat as possible on your chest.

Keeping the pads of your fingers together and flat, move in a circular motion in small intervals around the breast, working from top to bottom and from side to side.

Your self-exam should cover the area from your collarbone to the top of your sternum and from your armpit to the middle of your chest. Be intentional and work slowly so that you check the entire breast.

Vary the pressure so that you feel through the various layers of tissue. Use light pressure for the outer layer of tissue, medium pressure for the middle layer and firm pressure to feel the deep tissue.

Then repeat the entire process, using your left hand on your right breast.

3. Do a touch test standing up.

Using the same technique, examine both of your breasts while standing. Some women find this step easier to do in the shower when the skin is wet and easier to manipulate.

It should go without saying that if you find a lump during your self-test, tell your doctor. But don’t panic — a mammogram should tell you more.

“The most important piece of advice for women is to get your screening mammograms,” said Maria Nelson, MD, assistant professor of clinical surgery at Keck School of Medicine of USC and a breast surgeon at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center of Keck Medicine of USC.

If you or your doctor suspects that you have symptoms of breast cancer, a biopsy will be performed to determine whether there is a malignancy and what further action should be taken.

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As one of the eight original National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at Keck Medicine of USC is one of the preeminent academic medical institutions in the country. If you are in the Los Angeles area, make an appointment by calling (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273) or visiting Cancer.KeckMedicine.org/request-an-appointment.

 

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NHS heart test is a ‘poorly executed gimmick’ that will frighten millions, warns health advisor

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Dr Ben Goldacre suggested the test would needlessly frighten millions of healthy people 

government health ­adviser has criticised an NHS calculator which ­predicts when people will have a heart attack or stroke, saying the science behind it is “ridiculous”.

Dr Ben Goldacre, who has just been appointed by the health secretary as chairman of the new Health Tech ­Advisory Board, suggested the test would needlessly frighten millions of healthy people.

He said the online quiz, offered by Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS website, was a “poorly executed gimmick” which would heap pressure on GPs  by instructing everyone over the age of 30 to ­demand cholesterol checks.

PHE says almost two million people have completed the quiz, which found that four in five had a “heart age” older than their actual age, meaning they are at risk of a stroke or heart attack.

However, Dr Goldacre is among a number of doctors questioning the accuracy of their methods. The online tool asks individuals aged 30 and over a series of questions, including age, weight, family history of heart disease and readings of blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

 

However, if readings are unknown, the calculator provides estimates based on the national average. This typically adds between one and five years to the biological age.

Critics said those using the calculator are likely to be healthier than those that do not, meaning the “worried well” would be rushing to book GP ­appointments, on the basis of flawed science.

And a number of patients trying the quiz this week were bemused when given advice to lose weight, or to cut blood pressure levels, only to find that revising the figures to “ideal” levels made no difference to their estimates.

 

Dr Goldacre, director of the ­Evidence-Based Medicine DataLab at Oxford University, has just been appointed by health secretary Matt Hancock to lead a new advisory board which will highlight the best ways to use technology and data in health.

“This test is ridiculous,” he said. “There are 8.7 million people in the UK in their 30s. This PHE ‘heart age’ tool seems to be incorrectly telling them ALL to go to their GP to get their cholesterol checked.

“If only one in 100 do so, that’s 87,000 pointless GP consultations,” he tweeted just hours before his appointment as Mr Hancock’s adviser was announced, later describing the plans as “just silly”.

Earlier this week, Mr Hancock heaped praise on the quiz, tweeting a video of him trying the test as PHE published its latest findings. He said: “Today I used the terrific NHS Heart Age tool from @PHE_UK to find out how old my heart is. Says my heart is 40 – a month older than me. Must do more exercise!” 

 

Prof Jamie Waterall, national lead for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at PHE, said: “The heart age test is a simple way of helping people think about their heart health.

“It does not ­create any extra demand on GP services and there is no evidence to suggest this will happen. What we have seen is a big increase in people ­accessing lifestyle information, which is fantastic.”

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23m23 minutes ago

: Rachael Bland, BBC presenter and cancer blogger, dies aged 40

“Our beautiful, courageous Rachael died peacefully this morning surrounded by her close family”

Rachael Bland, BBC presenter and cancer blogger, dies two days after bidding ‘au revoir’ to friends

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Rachael Bland, BBC presenter and cancer blogger, dies two days after bidding ‘au revoir’ to friends

BBC news presenter Rachael Bland has died aged 40 just two days after bidding “au revoir” to her friends, revealing she only had days left to live having been diagnosed with cancer in 2016.

The journalist who had been at the BBC for more than 15 years, has been widely praised for the You Me and The Big C podcast following her breast cancer treatment. 

Her family confirmed that she had died this morning shortly after 3am, and Bland’s husband Steve told the BBC “Rachael’s death has left a huge hole in our perfect little family that we’ll never be able to fill.

“She was an incredibly talented broadcaster as well as a wonderful and much-loved daughter, sister, aunt, niece, wife and, most importantly to her, a mother to her precious little Freddie.

“We all take such huge comfort and pride from the amazing and tireless work she has done since her diagnosis to reduce the stigma around cancer and prove that it is possible to live life to the fullest even when facing huge challenges on a daily basis. At the end, even though her body was at its weakest, her voice was at its strongest and most powerful.

“Rachael was and will always be an incredible inspiration to everyone she met. To us, she was perfect in every way and we will miss her more than words can say.

“We just ask that everyone respects our family’s privacy as we try and come to terms with losing our beautiful girl.”

A post on Bland’s official Twitter account said: “Our beautiful, courageous Rachael died peacefully this morning surrounded by her close family. We are crushed but she would want me to thank everyone who took an interest in her  story or sent messages of support. You’ll never know how much they meant to her.  Steve and Freddie”. 

Her friend and colleague Tony Livesey said: “5Live’s lost one of its brightest spirits. I’m going into cliche territory now so she’ll be pressing an alarm somewhere, but she was beautiful inside and out. She was such a lovely person.

“Rachael Bland – presenter, friend to most of us, inspiration to all. Radio 5 Live is broadcasting with a broken heart. We’ve lost one of our brightest talents.”

In a statement on the social media site on Monday afternoon, she wrote: “In the words of the legendary Frank S – I’m afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly. I’m told I’ve only got days.

“It’s very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I’ve received. Debs and Lozz will continue with the You Me and The Big C podcast. Au revoir my friends.”

Writing in The Telegraph last month, she told how the cancer had spread around multiple lymph nodes in her upper body, into her skin and liver.

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She said: “We still had some hope of holding back the tide for a while, but no one survives metastatic breast cancer long term.

“I’ve not asked how long I have left, because I don’t want a number in my head that I’m counting down to. It’s only ever a best guesstimate – but I’ve got less than a year.”

Colleagues responded with messages of support for the popular presenter, with Juliette Ferrington writing: “Oh my goodness Rachael, sending you a bomb of love, strength and peace. In absolute awe of your courage, determination and willingness to fight every single day. Lots of love,” signing off her tweet with two kisses. 

BBC’s cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, whose own wife Emma was given the all clear after her breast cancer diagnosis, tweeted his thoughts. 

He said: “And then reality suddenly bites and perspective gained. This is awful. No words, other than love to you and Steve (husband).”

Bland’s Radio 5 colleague Richard Bacon also offered support on Twitter, writing: “Days. Devastating. Rachael I know saying I’m thinking of you (and our magnificent time together on air, especially all that late night fun) doesn’t change anything.

“But I am and I’m so very sorry. Your podcast has helped change the way people talk about all this. You’re wonderful.”

Comedian Justin Moorhouse, a regular panelist on BBC shows including 5Live’s Fighting Talk, simply wrote: “All the love in the world.”

And fellow BBC journalist Jennie Gow wrote: “You have been such an inspiration both before and now and with everything you have done… forever more.”

Mark Chapman, one of the BBC’s leading sports radio anchors, said: “Oh Rachael. I am so very sorry. What you have done has been amazing and helped so many. Sending so much love to you, Steve and Freddie (son, three).”

Writing for The Telegraph on August 11, she said: “I’m not scared of dying. I only fear for those I leave behind. For my darling Freddie, who’ll be three next month, for Steve and our families.

“Even now, knowing the ‘no options left’ conversation is coming, I can’t crumble and fall to pieces. 

“I have to suppress a lot of the darkest thoughts about Freddie growing up without his mummy around. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the precious times we have left together.”

Dozens of well-wishers thanked Ms Bland for both her podcast which she hosts alongside Lauren Mahon and Deborah James and her blog, Big C Little Me

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Rachael Bland with husband Steve and son Freddie Credit: Matthew Pover

Financial journalist Steph McGovern was among those singing her praises, and wrote: “Rachael, I am so gutted for you and your family.

“The podcast has clearly helped so many people and you did it with such style, humour and bloody brilliance. Thank you for everything you have done.”

Others to offer their support were singer Ronan Keating, BBC’s Chris Warburton and Chris Mason,  Olympian Greg Rutherford and a host of listeners going through their own cancer treatment.

You Me and The Big C co-host Deborah James simply wrote: “No words right now – just heartbreak.”

 

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Steam treatment for big prostates approved on NHS

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The NHS can start offering a new steam treatment for benign prostate enlargement, says the regulator, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

The procedure is minimally invasive and can be done under local anaesthetic without an overnight hospital stay.

It involves passing a small probe up the urethra to inject a puff of steam into the troublesome area.

The steam kills off some of the enlarged tissue to ease symptoms.

The dead cells are reabsorbed by the body.

An enlarged prostate is common – affecting one in three men over the age of 50 – and forces the urethra (urine tube) to narrow, causing a variety of problems, including difficulty emptying the bladder.

Drugs or an operation can help but NICE says men should now be offered another treatment option.

The steam treatment, called Rezum, is an alternative to invasive surgery and is said to have fewer side-effects, such as impotence and incontinence.

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Patients may have to take antibiotics and have a urinary catheter for some days after the procedure. Some activities, including sexual intercourse, should be avoided for up to one month.

It is the latest of several minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

What is BPH?

  • It is the medical term for an enlarged prostate gland – the gland located in the pelvis between the penis and the bladder
  • It is not a cancer and it isn’t usually a serious threat to health
  • The cause is unclear but it is more common in older men
  • Symptoms may be mild and not need treatment but for others they can be troublesome

Prof Richard Hindley, a consultant urologist at Hampshire Hospitals, has been providing the treatment to some of his patients, with “very good results”.

“The treatment involves a tiny water droplet being heated to 103C and then injected via the urethra into the prostate,” he said.

“It can be performed quickly, with each procedure taking less than 20 minutes.

“The number of injections required is titrated according to the size of the gland.”

Prof Kevin Harris from NICE, said: “Approving this procedure gives men the chance to talk to their clinician about which is right for them.”

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to put the facts below in some perspective: If you are 70 you have a meagre 7% chance of reaching 80, or to look at it another way – 93% of 70 year olds will die before they are 80.

It is a little like statistical prognosis in medicine, I well remember asking my consultant Windsor Bowsher, immediately prior to having my cancerous kidney removed what my prognosis was back in 2001, I well recall his response:

“I find that with this operation is done minded that it is by any description  very major surgery, those who don’t make it had a very poor prognosis and those that were a success had a good prognosis and I have no idea before the event which group you will be because you are an individual”

Why pancreatic cancer is so deadly

Story highlights

  • About 95 percent of people with pancreatic cancer die from it, experts say

  • As people age, the risk of developing pancreatic cancer goes up

  • There are two types of pancreatic cancer: exocrine tumors and endocrine tumors

This story was previously published in 2011, but has been updated with new statistics.

 

(CNN)Pancreatic cancer is the third-leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, after lung and colorectal cancers

 

The lifetime risk of developing it is about 1 in 63 for men, and 1 in 65 for women. This year, about 55,440 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and the disease will kill about 44,330 people, according to the American Cancer Society.
About 95 percent of people with pancreatic cancer die from it, experts say. It’s so lethal because during the early stages, when the tumor would be most treatable, there are usually no symptoms. It tends to be discovered at advanced stages when abdominal pain or jaundice may result. Presently, there are no general screening tools.
As people age, the risk of developing pancreatic cancer goes up. Most patients are older than 45, and nearly 90% are older than 55. The average age at diagnosis is 71.
Men have a slightly higher likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer than women, which may partly result from increased tobacco use in men. In the past, when men more commonly smoked than women, the gender gap was wider.
There is also a noted association with race: African-Americans are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than whites. Doctors don’t know why, but speculate that higher rates of men smoking and having diabetes, and women being overweight, may contribute to that association.

What are the types of pancreatic cancer?

The pancreas is an oblong organ that lies deep in the abdomen, and is an integral part of both the digestive and endocrine system. It secretes hormones to regulate the body and also digestive enzymes to break down food.
There are two types of pancreatic cancer: exocrine tumors and endocrine tumors.
Exocrine tumors are the majority of pancreatic cancers, and the most common form is called adenocarcinoma, which begin in gland cells, usually in the ducts of the pancreas. These tumors tend to be more aggressive than neuroendocrine tumors, the kind that Apple, Inc., co-founder Steve Jobs had, but if caught early enough they can be treated effectively with surgery.
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors constitute only 1% of all pancreatic cancers.
They can be benign or malignant, but the distinction is often unclear and sometimes apparent only when the cancer has spread beyond the pancreas.
The five-year survival rate for neuroendocrine tumors can range from 50% to 80%, compared with less than 5% for adenocarcinoma.
More advanced tumors have a higher risk of recurrence, and can spread to the liver, said Dr. Steven Libutti, pancreatic cancer expert and director of the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care in the Bronx.

Treatment options

 

Pancreatic cancer is usually controllable only through removal by surgery, and only if found before it has spread, according to the National Cancer Institute. Palliative care can help a patient’s quality of life if the disease has spread.
Two drugs approved in 2011 may help patients with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. They are believed to suppress the blood supply and metabolism of the tumor cells. That’s good progress since, the year before, the standard of care was chemotherapy, said Dr. Michaela Banck, medical oncologist at the Mayo Clinic, who treats patients with neuroendocrine tumors.
Everolimus, marketed by Novartis as Afinitor, received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to treat pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors and prevents transplant rejection. Potential side effects are serious, however: lung or breathing problems, infections and renal failure, which may lead to death.
Sunitinib malate, marketed by Pfizer as Sutent, is prescribed for the treatment of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, as well as, kidney cancer and GIST, a rare cancer of the bowel, esophagus or stomach. As with everolimus, there are risks to consider: it can cause liver problems and death.
Jobs underwent surgery to remove his tumor in 2004 and died in 2011. His seven-year survival after treatment is consistent with the average survival for these kinds of tumors, Libutti said.
If pancreatic cancers are detected early, that may increase the odds of survival, but it also depends on how aggressive the particular tumors are in a patient. If surgery leaves behind microscopic aggressive tumor cells, they can cause a recurrence of cancer.
Jobs also underwent a liver transplant in Tennessee in 2009, which is “cutting edge stuff” for when neuroendocrine tumors spread, said Dr. Maged Rizk, director of the Chronic Abdominal Pain Center at the Cleveland Clinic who specializes in gastroenterology and hepatology.

Do transplants help?

Because it’s so rare, there isn’t a lot of evidence to support the transplant as a cure; the procedure could extend life, but immunosuppression drugs may allow any remaining cancer to grow faster, doctors say. And a European study found that the majority of patients who underwent liver transplant for this type of tumor had recurrence of the disease.
But many pancreatic cancers are detected in later stages because when the tumor is small, it often does not produce symptoms. As they grow, adenocarcinomas can obstruct the ducts from the liver and cause severe back pain. Neuroendocrine tumors sometimes produce insulin, so a patient’s first symptoms could be low glucose levels. But most tumors do not produce hormones, Libutti said.
There are two rare genetic syndromes — multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) and Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome (VHL) — that increase the risk of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Other than that, though, it’s unclear whether having a family member with pancreatic cancer increases an individual’s risk.
Pancreatic cancer struck former President Jimmy Carter’s family hard. He lost his father and all of his siblings, brother Billy and sisters Ruth Carter Stapleton and Gloria Carter Spann.

The future of treatment

Researchers are working on better understanding the way in which pancreatic tumors grow and spread, Libutti said. There is also a lot of research focused on finding better treatments, targeted therapies, immune therapy, improving surgery and radiation therapy, according to the American Cancer Society.
“There are a number of agents that are being looked at in clinical trials that focus on pathways that may allow pancreatic cancer to evade normal processes,” Libutti said.
Another line of research is focused on finding biomarkers of pancreatic cancer so that a simple blood or urine test could be developed. Unlike screenings for other conditions such as colon, breast and prostate cancers, there is no routine way to see whether a patient has a tumor in the pancreas.
The future of medicine to help people with pancreatic cancer will involve genetics, said Banck. This would involve matching a person’s particular type of tumor using genomic information with treatment.
“What’s going to make real difference in the future is the revolution of the genomic era,” she said.

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did you know August is Leukaemia Awareness month?


Can you Spot Leukaemia its a Blood Cancer?

Leukaemia patients are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed by an emergency route compared to the average for all cancer patients (37% vs 22%).

Many people aren’t aware of the signs and symptoms of a leukaemia until they or someone they know are affected. This means that people often delay in visiting their GP.

Quite often, due to the vagueness of the symptoms and relative rarity of leukaemia, people are misdiagnosed by their GP or attend several times before diagnosis. This means that there is a delay at primary healthcare.

We want to change this by raising awareness of the signs and symptoms and helping people to Spot Leukaemia. Early diagnosis saves lives.

Spot the signs and symptoms of leukaemia

Leukaemia can be hard to spot because the signs and symptoms are common to other unrelated illnesses. Knowing what to look out for could help you make the decision to visit your GP sooner. Early diagnosis saves lives.

The six most common symptoms experienced by all leukaemia patients prior to diagnosis are:

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Illustration by Sydney Rae Hass for TIME
By Jamie Ducharme

May 30, 2018

 

Millions of Americans may book an extra doctor’s appointment this year, thanks to updated guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS).

The ACS is now recommending that adults at average risk of colorectal cancer begin regular screenings at age 45, rather than the previous standard of age 50. The change was informed by research from ACS scientists, who found last year that cancers of the colon and rectum are occurring at increasing rates among young and middle-aged adults. Studies have shown that roughly one in seven colon cancer patients is younger than 50.

People with a strong family history of colorectal cancers, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease or certain other risk factors may need to begin testing even earlier than age 45, the ACS said. High-risk individuals may also need to get tested more often than other people. (The recommended frequency of tests varies depending on type; some stool tests, for example, should be completed annually, while a colonoscopy may only be needed once a decade.)

Screening for cancers and other chronic diseases can be a fraught topic, as experts often disagree about when these tests should begin. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently changed its guidelines around mammograms, for example, and there’s argument about whether these tests, and those for other cancers, are effective at all.

Ultimately, when it comes to colorectal cancers, like most chronic diseases, all decisions about how, when and how frequently to screen should be based on personalized conversations between individuals and their physicians, the ACS said.

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