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Another happy cancer warrior princess!

Look at how happy this cancer warrior is with getting cards and stickers from Cards of Hope.  Your donations is what makes these smiles happen.

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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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Check out this cancer warrior

This cancer warrior is showing off his card and stickers that he got from Cards of Hope.  Making cancer warriors smile and little happier is what the Cards of Hope program is all about.  Doesn’t he look happy?

 

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Your donations of stamps, stickers, cards, tattoos and etc.  is what helps bring hope, happiness and smiles to those battling cancer.  Please consider donating today.  Even a small donation of a book of stamps, helps out a lot.

Another cancer warrior happy

This picture is from one of our cancer warriors.  She enjoyed getting her card and stickers.  Please consider donating to Cards of Hope, so that we can bring hope, joy and love to more cancer warriors.

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Super Hero Jonah receives a special surprise ..

This little cancer warrior lives in Belgium and is showing off the special surprise that he got from Cards of Hope.  He loves bunnies, so we sent him a bunny hat that was specially made just for him.  It looks like we made another little one super happy.  What do you think?

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We are always in need of donations.  Please donate today to http://www.cards-of-hope.com/donations/

April is also Esophageal Cancer awareness month

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Did you know that Esophageal cancer makes up 1% of the cancers in the United States. It is 3 to 4 times more common in men than women.  If you live in the US, your lifetime risk for developing this type of cancer is you are a male is 1 in 125 and if you are female it is 1 in 435.  Less than 15% of cases of Esophageal cancer are found to be in people younger than 55 years old.

So what are the risk factors of Esophageal cancer?

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Being obese
  • Having GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
  • Having Barrett’s esophagus
  • Injury to the esophagus
  • Exposure to certain chemicals and chemical fumes
  • History of other cancers

Here are the signs and symptoms of Esophageal cancer:

  • Difficulty with swallowing
  • Coughing
  • Hoarseness
  • Pain in the breast bone area
  • Chronic indigestion and heartburn
  • Weight loss that is unplanned
  • Vomiting
  • Bone pain
  • Pneumonia

If you have multiple signs listed above, please see your doctor, but remember it may be another condition other than cancer.

Another thankful Cards of Hope Recipient

This video and comment came from a lady that we write to in Chile.  This is what Cards of Hope is all about!

“Thank you Lacie for sending my cards. You make me so happy when I see the cards and they are like little surprises because they just appear in my house. The little bracelet and doggie necklace made me girlie and I love them and my kitty stickers and my tattoos. It is very hard for me to post and hope you like it and watch it all. love you”