Cancer News Weekend Edition



Raining here in Denver, Colorado. Much needed and much appreciated.

What’s going on in your corner of the globe? Here’s the cancer news from all over the world.

Mixed Reviews on Skin Cream Report

A report on moisturizing cream and the link to skin cancer in mice has caused much controversy this week. The report in the Aug. 14 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, discusses highlights from research out of Rutgers University.

Albino mice treated with UV radiation were then exposed to skin creams. All four creams caused non melanoma skin cancer. The suspect ingredients are mineral oil and sodium laurel sulfate.

What does this mean for humans? Nothing yet and the report is having controversial and mixed reviews from the scientific community.

Read the articles here:

ABC Science, Friday, August 15, 2008. Controversy over moisturiser-cancer link.

Washington Post. com, Thursday, August 14, 2008. Moisturizers Spur Skin Cancer in Mouse Study.

WebMD, Thursday, August 14, 2008. Moisturizers Up Skin Cancer In Mice. 4 Commonly Used Moisturizing Creams Promote Tumors in UV-Exposed Mice.

A Salute to Dunkin’ Donuts!

Dunkin’ Donuts Event Raises $800,000 for Cancer Research in One Day

And by the way, check out your chance to win Dunkin Donuts Coffee For a Year here! Winners are notified monthly.

From the Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2008.

Eric Shanteau heading home to fight cancer

The 24 year old Texas swimmer’s next focus will be battling testicular cancer.

Testicular Cancer Overview from the Battling Cancer Archives:

Testicular cancer forms in the testicles, the egg shaped glands located in the scrotum, that produce sperm and testosterone. According the American Cancer Society nine out of ten cases are diagnosed in men between age 20 and 54, however; it the disease can occur in infants or the elderly.

Symptoms include pain, swelling or unusual lumps in the testes or groin. Many times when lumps are discovered they are painless. Other symptoms may include breast enlargement or tenderness, a general malaise, a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum or an ache in the abdomen or groin.

The connection between risk factors and diagnosis is being studied but a cause for testicular cancer has not been determined.

Testicular Cancer risk factors:

  • Undescended testicles or cryptorchidism. 10% of all cases occur in men with a history of cryptorchidism.
  • Family history
  • HIV infection may increase risk
  • Race-White American men have a higher risk
  • Age

Treatment Options:

  • Surgery to remove the affected testicle. This may include lymph node removal.
  • Radiation therapy, according to the type of cancer you have. Radiation is done after surgery.
  • Chemotherapy in coordination with surgery

Testicular cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer.

Other Headline News Stories of Interest:

New York Times, August 13, 2008. Said the Doctor to the Cancer Patient: Hit the Gym. “Gyms and fitness centers have begun stepping in to meet a small but growing demand for programs designed to not only hasten recovery but to address the fatigue of chemotherapy, the swelling of lymphedema and the loss of muscle tone.

Jets go pink to aid Komen

From the Tulsa World, August 12, 2008. “American Airlines usually sports the U.S. flag colors: red, white and blue.

But eight of its planes soon will show a lot of pink in the form of a nose-to-tail ribbon in honor of the company’s partnership with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer awareness and research organization . ”

Check out the video of the Pink Ribbon Plane.

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  1. Thanks for sharing Meaghan. I will check out your blog.

    FYI you can find the most recent cervical cancer post on Battling Cancer in the May 1, archives.

    But if you’d like to share more please consider a guest post.

  2. I am a Stage 3B Cervical Cancer Survivor. I created this blog in an effort to raise Cervical Cancer Awareness. I was 28 when I was diagnosed with advanced Cervical Cancer and my story is a long, painful & inspiring one. Cervical Cancer is not talked about but it touches the lives of every single woman out there. We need to start talking about this cancer because it is not rare and it does kill.

    www.cancerlost.blogspot.com

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