Category Archives: cancer awareness

Get Involved and help us out

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Here at Cards of Hope, we send out inspirational cards to over 500 people battling cancer weekly.  For children in our program, we mail out cards with stickers, tattoos, bookmarks and etc.  We run on purely donations.  We are in desperate need of stamps. We go through over 2,220 stamps a month.  Even one book of stamps, helps us send out 20 cards.  Please help us today by donating money to buy stamps at the following link:  https://www.paypal.me/cardsofhope or mail some to us.  Everything is truly appreciated.  We will even add your information to the sponsors page.

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It’s Cervical Cancer awareness month

Happy New Year everyone!  January marks a new year and cervical cancer awareness month.  I hope that by 2017, that will be a cure for all cancers.

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When talking about cancer, there are always lots of questions about who is at risk for developing it, the treatments, the signs and etc.  I am going to try to cover some of that in today’s blog post.  Let’s first look at the risk factors of cervical cancer.

Risk factors for cervical cancer : ( via www.cancer.org)

  • Having a family history of cervical cancer (a mother or sister) –chances are 2 to 3 times higher of developing cervical cancer
  • Being younger than 17 at your first full term pregnancy
  • Having had multiple full term births
  • Infection of HPV (human papilloma virus)
  • Having used an IUD (Intrauterine device)
  • Long term use of oral contraceptives
  • Being overweight
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • Those that have had a Chlamydia infection
  • Those that are on  immunosuppression medications
  • Those that have weakened immune systems
  • Those that have been exposed to DES (diethylstilbestrol)
  • Those that smoke

Just because you may have some or all of the risk factors above doesn’t mean that you will develop cervical cancer.  It just means that you have a higher chance of developing it.

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Here are the warning signs of cervical cancer.  If you are having these signs, please contact our physician for a pap smear and check up.

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding (i.e. bleeding after sex, bleeding between menstrual cycles, bleeding after menopause and etc.)
  • An unusual discharge from your vagina (often times between our periods)
  • Painful intercourse

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Typical ways for treating cervical cancer is surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.  Depending on what stage the cancer is diagnosed at is exactly what treatment is used.

So if you haven’t had your pap smear somewhat recently, please schedule to have it done soon.

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Let’s talk about Pancreatic cancer

November is Pancreatic cancer awareness month

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November is Pancreatic cancer awareness month.  Did you know that Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer related death in the US?

Here are some more facts about Pancreatic cancer:

  • 94% of people with pancreatic cancer will die within 5 years of being diagnosed.
  • Only 7 % will survive more than five years.
  • About 48,960 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year in the US.

Here are some risk factors for developing pancreatic cancer:

  • being a tobacco smoker
  • being overweight
  • having a family history of pancreatic cancer
  • having diabetes
  • having chronic pancreatitis (chronic inflammation of the pancreas)
  • having cirrhosis of the liver
  • stomach problems
  • being obese
  • working in a workplace that causes exposure to dyes, chemicals or pesticides

*Please note that having one or more risk factors doesn’t mean that you will develop pancreatic cancer, it just means that you have a possible higher chance.  Some people have pancreatic cancer without any of the above mentioned factors.

Here are some signs of pancreatic cancer:

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If you have any symptoms of pancreatic cancer, please consult your physician.

Black Friday shopping?

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If you are taking advantage of the deals on Black Friday, please pick up an extra box of Christmas cards, stockings, small gifts, postage stamps, small toy, non breakable ornaments, stocking stuffers or wrapping paper and donate it to Cards of Hope. It will help bring Christmas cheer to those battling cancer. Thank you.